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August 27, 2021
The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon’s “Smoking Cessation Program in Workplace” Results Announcement
 
 
 

 “Smoking Cessation Program in Workplace” (SCPW) was launched by The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon, in 2013. The programme aims at promoting a smoke-free workplace and providing outreach smoking cessation services for working adults.

The School of Nursing and School of Public Health of LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) were commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme.  A press conference was held on August 27, 2021 to announce the phrase four results.

There were 91 corporates participated in the phrase four programme. 809 smoking employees participated in the study which started in January 2019. Among them, 106 (13.1%) were female and 703 (86.9%) were male.  Half of these participants were 30 to 49 years old.  Two different smoking cessation counselling services were provided to these smokers: either 1) health talks with personalised WhatsApp communication, or 2) health talks with regular SMS notifications.   Telephone counselling and a small booklet were provided for both service groups.

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor of HKU School of Nursing commented that as of March 2021, the results showed that during the 6 month follow-up, the overall employee quit rate was 20.5%, the rate of reducing smoking was 50.8% and the rate of reducing smoking by at least half was 19.8%.  And during the 12 month follow-up, the overall employee quit rate was 25.5%, the rate of reducing smoking was 49.2%, the rate of reducing smoking by at least half was 19.3%. In total, the programme successfully assisted smokers to quit smoking and reduced their smoking rate by 74.7%.

For full version of this press release, please visit: 
https://loksintong.org/press-release/detail?id=1032

(Hong Kong Commercial Daily, HK01.com, Oriental Daily News – August 27, 2021, Ta Kung Pao – September 8, 2021)


August 21, 2021
Latest research on E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products
 
 

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor of HKU School of Nursing was featured in a RTHK programme “香港家書” on August 21, 2021, in which he shared the latest research on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTP), as well as the challenges faced by tobacco control.

He pointed out that study by HKU found that smoking e-cigarettes or HTPs would increase the risk of chronic respiratory symptoms in young people such as persistent cough, nasal congestion and phlegm.
For HTPs, two world-first studies conducted by HKU pointed out that the use of HTPs by adult smokers did not help to quit smoking, while the use of HTPs by teenagers might even reduce the chance of quitting.
A HKU survey conducted in 2021 showed that two-thirds of the people supported the total ban on alternative tobacco products. Furthermore, more than 90% of traditional cigarette smokers indicated that they did not want to use HTP in the next 12 months.

Subsequent to the release of this programme, extensive coverage was generated in various media outlets.

For full version of this programme, please visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=squAP3CjDZE

(RTHK, Bastillepost, hd.stheadline.com, HK01.com, HKET.com, Metroradio.com, Oriental Daily News, Sing Tao Daily Online - August 21, 2021)

 

August 19, 2021
Electronic Cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products
 
 
 

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor of HKU School of Nursing was interviewed at a Metro Radio programme “健康脈搏” to discuss about the electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs).
He quoted a HKU research on nearly 35,000 secondary school students that the risk of respiratory symptoms for HTP using students was about 50% higher than non-HTP students.  Dr Wang commented that this was a significant research published to prove that the damage and risk of HTP were noticeable even within a short period of time.

Dr Wang further mentioned that the toxin found in HTP was higher than that in the traditional cigarette.  Furthermore, alternative smoking products, such as HTPs and e-cigarettes, do not help smoking cessation.

(Metro Radio – August 19, 2021)

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Metroradio (Mp3)
Metroradio (Website)

Part Two
Metroradio (Mp3)
Metroradio (Website)


August 5, 2021
Evidence on escalating risks of respiratory symptoms in adolescent heated tobacco product users
 
 

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) held a press conference together with the academia from School of Public Health and School of Nursing of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) on August 3, 2021 to announce the first evidence on escalating risks of respiratory symptoms in adolescent heated tobacco product (HTP) users, which were even higher than those in cigarette smokers.

A research by HKU found that among adolescents who had never used cigarettes, 88% higher risk of persistent respiratory symptoms for at least three months (such as cough, congestion or phlegm) was found in current HTP users versus never HTP users. Also, the risk of persistent respiratory symptoms was 46% higher in exclusive ever HTP users than exclusive ever cigarette users

And according to COSH’s Tobacco Control Policy-related Survey conducted during March to July 2020, only 9.9% of current smokers had an intention to use HTPs but 70.9% of HTP users were dual users of both HTPs and conventional cigarettes. This indicated that HTPs pose health risks than help quit cigarettes.

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor of HKU School of Nursing commented that, “Two-thirds of citizens supported a total ban on alternative smoking products including HTPs and e-cigarettes, including 40% of current smokers. And the claims that alternative smoking products help quit smoking was unsubstantiated.”

For a full version of the press release, please visit:
English Version
Chinese Version

(HK01, Now News, RTHK, TOPICK.hket.com, 881903.com – August 3, 2021; Hong Kong Economic Times, Ming Pao Daily News, Sing Pao, The Standard – August 4, 2021; Oriental Daily News - August 6, 2021)


June 12, 2021
Baby-friendly Community Initiative Program in Hong Kong
 
 

Since 2019, the School has been implementing a Baby-friendly Community Initiative Program in Hong Kong. The programme aims to strengthen the public and mothers’ awareness to promote a breastfeeding-friendly attitude. It pioneers a novel new baby care app, which provides timely support and useful information on baby care facilities to mothers to sustain breastfeeding; organise training workshops for mothers and corporates. Dr Kris Lok, Assistant Professor, was interviewed on a TV programme to introduce the programme.

(Hong Kong Open TV (Channel 77), i-CABLE Finance Info Channel – June 12, 2021; i-CABLE News Channel – June 13, 2021)


May 3, 2021
Implementation of Virtual Simulation (VSim) during Pandemic
 
 

Face-to-face classes and clinical practicum were suspended by most universities during COVID-19 pandemic. In order to build up students’ confidence and competence to deliver patient care that meets today’s healthcare needs, the School made use of VSim, an online learning platform, for students to develop their clinical reasoning skills and preparedness for practice. It helped students improving their critical thinking and understanding the nursing procedures through case studies and simulation scenarios. Besides, the school has purchased six patient simulators. Students can practice their nursing skills with the help of these simulators. Teachers will also review their progress and provide feedback to students during debriefing sessions. So, students can learn from their mistakes and have better preparation for their careers.

(am730, Hong Kong Economic Times, Sing Tao Daily, WenWeiPo, Lion Rock Daily, Sing Tao Instant News, Wen Wei Po Instant News, Headline Daily Instant News, am730 Instant News, Edigest Instant News, Topick.hket.com, HK01 – May 3, 2021)


April 29, 2021
Use of New Tobacco Products Hits Record High Among Youth Smokers, HKU Youth Quitline Survey Finds
 

HKU Youth Quitline, the first youth-oriented smoking cessation hotline in Hong Kong, jointly established in 2005 by the School of Nursing and School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH), held a press conference on April 29. A survey announced at the press conference found that the proportion of Hong Kong young smokers of 25 years old or under who have used new tobacco products (NTPs), such as e-cigarettes or heated tobacco products, has surged to a record high of 85.9% in 2019-2020. Curiosity (51.3%), peer influence (37.3%) and an intention to quit or reduce smoking (21.6%) were the most cited reasons of NTPs use among 485 of the participants.

HKU Youth Quitline urge the Legislative Council to quickly pass the bills proposed by the HKSAR Government to ban all new tobacco products including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. It has proven that peer counselling could change risk behavious of smokers. HKU Youth Quitline will continue to train peer counsellors in helping young smokers to quit smoking.

(RTHK, The Standard Online, TVB News, Now News, Metroradio Instant News, on.cc, Wen Wei Po Online, Headline Daily Online, Sky Post Online, TOPick, HK01, Bastillepost - April 29, 2021; China.huanqiu, SCMP, The Standard, Ming Pao Daily News, Oriental Daily News, Wen Wei Po, Ta Kung Pao, Sky Post, Lion Rock Daily – April 30, 2021)


April 18, 2021
Jockey Club SMART Family-Link
 
 

Dr Kelvin Wang was interviewed in a TV programme “Golden Age Diary” broadcast on Viu TV channel 99 on April 18, 2021, in which he introduced the Jockey Club SMART Family-Link project in particular the service encouraging the elderly to use ICT (Information and communications technology) to communicate with their family.

("Golden Age Diary" on Viu TV channel 99 – April 18, 2021)


March 14, 2021
“VRehab Generation” Project and Research Sharing held on 5 March 2021
 
 

The School has engaged in an evaluation study of a “VRehab Generation” Project developed by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. With the support of the HKU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the development of virtual reality (VR) programmes, a set of VR rehabilitation training programmes, which include physical training, cognitive training, community living skills training and relaxation, have been developed for elders and people with disabilities (PWDs). The VR programmes provides a close-to-reality training environment, which allows service users to break through their physical and environmental constraints, and to participate in rehabilitation training regarding to their progress purposefully and continuously in an enjoyable way. The study demonstrated that a universal set of VR training was feasible and acceptable for local elders and people with disabilities, and reported improvement in upper-limb dexterity and cognitive function of the participants.

For a full version of the press release, please visit:
English Version
Chinese Version

For the project details, please click here (Chinese version).

(Sing Tao Daily News – March 14 & March 21, 2021)


February 1, 2021
Drinkers are drinking more despite bar closures amid coronavirus pandemic

The Hong Kong Alliance for Advocacy Against Alcohol quoted a survey conducted from April 9 to 23 in 2020 by The University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health and School of Nursing that 36.8 per cent of 1,501 people reported that they had reduced alcohol consumption resulting from bar closures and social gathering restrictions implemented to suppress the spread of COVID-19. 5.5 per cent of alcohol users reported that they had actually increase in alcohol consumption because of feeling lonely and bored.

The Alliance published a position statement in the Hong Kong Medical Journal to call for government action aimed at reducing alcohol-related damage in the territory.

(SCMP Online, 881903.com, news.rthk.hk – February 1, 2021)


January 11, 2021
Full-time HKU bachelor of nursing student wish to help ethnic minorities

Omme Kulsoom Akhtar (Kulsoom), a year 3 Pakistani student in the Bachelor of Nursing (Full-time) programme shared her nursing education journey and the reason why she has chosen nursing as her career.

Witnessing the communication barriers between her family and relatives and the hospital staff, Kulsoom decided to study the HKU nursing programme. She wishes to help ethnic minorities when she becomes part of the healthcare profession after graduation.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(Ming Pao Daily News, January 11, 2021)


October 30, 2020
Public Sector Trial Scheme
 

The special call under the Public Sector Trial Scheme for projects to combat the COVID-19 epidemic has been completed. A total of 63 projects have been approved by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government with total funding of over $102 million.

The School of Nursing of the University of Hong Kong has taken part in the trial project of a fast-track vented enclosure developed by City University of Hong Kong. Made of breathable protective materials, the enclosure aims to prevent viruses from spreading through air in hospitals, thereby minimising the possibility of cross-infection between medical staff and patients. Professor Janet Wong of the School said, "We are happy to provide a trial site and post-trial comments for the project. We hope the project will further protect the safety of medical staff and benefit the medical sector."

For a full version of the article, please visit here.
 


December 10, 2020
HKU study reveals heated tobacco products fail to help smokers quit smoking
 

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) teamed up with HKU researchers and conducted a local research which found that heated tobacco products (HTPs) could not help smokers quit smoking. A 2018-19 study led by Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor, HKU School of Nursing pointed out that 44% of the surveyed 1,012 smokers who intended to quit using HTPs for smoking cessation. However, the likelihood of successful quitting at six months was not enhanced. In contrast, smokers who used smoking cessation services were 70% more likely to abstain from cigarettes at 6-month follow-up, compared with those who did not use the services. The findings were published in Tobacco Control.

For a full version of the press release, please visit:
English Version
Chinese Version

(881903.com, TVB News, news.mingpao.com, hk.on.cc, topick.hket.com, am730 – December 10, 2020; Ming Pao Daily News, Oriental Daily News, am730, RTHK Radio Programme – Backchat Dec 11, 2020)


October 31, 2020
New Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Leadership Track) [BNurs(ALT)]

HKU School of Nursing will launch a new Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Leadership Track) [BNurs(ALT)] Programme in the academic year 2021/22. The programme allows students 1) to articulate to HKU MBBS programmes with another four years; and 2) to acquire Bachelor of Nursing and Master qualifications in five years, namely Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Leadership Track) and Master of Nursing (MNurs); or Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Leadership Track) and Master of Research (MRes).

[Remarks: Details of admissions requirements will be announced in early 2021. Programme information may be available in the website of JUPAS Office in March/April 2021. Amendment fees for change of programme choice may be waived by the JUPAS Office. Subject to the Nursing Council of Hong Kong and HKU Senate’s approval.]

(Oriental Daily News & Sing Tao Daily News – October 31, 2020; Hong Kong Economic Times – November 2, 2020)


October 20, 2020
Press Conference on “Relationship between Information Sharing and Family Well-being during the COVID-19 Outbreak”

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor and Co-Investigator of the Project entitled "Relationship between Information Sharing and Family Well-being during the COVID-19 Outbreak” participated at the “Jockey Club SMART Family-Link Project” Press Conference co-organised by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the School of Public Health and the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiatives of The University of Hong Kong on October 20, 2020.

The survey, which interviewed 4,914 people in late May, found that sending or receiving messages on happy/interesting matters related to themselves/their families, daily life matters, showing care and encouragement in family e-chat groups were related to better family communication, greater family harmony and happiness.

Dr Wang said that combatting “anti-pandemic fatigue” was of a top priority. He suggested that the younger generation can spend more time teaching the elderly to learn how to use information technology, especially instant messaging tools during the pandemic with reduced social gatherings.

For a full version of the press release, please visit:
English Version
Chinese Version

Dr Kelvin Wang
Dr Kelvin Wang, Co-Investigator of the Jockey Club SMART Family-Link Project (Third Left), and representatives from partnering Integrated Family Service Centres of the Project (First and Second Left, and First and Second Right), attended the Press Conference on “Relationship between Information Sharing and Family Well-being during the COVID-19 Outbreak”.
Dr Kelvin Wang
Dr Kelvin Wang, Co-Investigator of the Jockey Club SMART Family-Link Project, shared tips on how to communicate smartly with family members.

October 6, 2020
As Coronavirus Makes Social Distancing the Norm, Tele-nursing Can Be a Lifeline
 

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor, delivered a talk entitled “COVID-19 Pandemic Online Health Information” at the RGC public lecture co-organised by Hong Kong Public Libraries and Research Grants Council of The University Grants Committee on September 12, 2020. Dr Wang indicated that the timeliness, accuracy and trustworthiness of information could facilitate the execution of preventive measures and also lessen the anxiety of the public.

To review the public lecture, please visit here.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(Ming Pao Daily News – October 6, 2020)


Oct 5, 2020
Mindfulness Yoga Helps Parkinson's Disease (PD) Patients Regain Confidence
 

Dr Jo Jo Kwok, Assistant Professor, commented that PD patients may experience anxiety and depression symptoms. Since the disease would affect patients’ mobility, they may lose confidence due to misunderstanding and discrimination from people who do not understand their condition.

Her study in 2019 found out that PD patients practicing mindfulness yoga could help improve mobility, and also enhance their ability to cope with negative emotions and maintain positive psychological quality.

Dr Kwok has also developed an online Mindfulness Yoga programme for early and mid-stage PD patients:

http://yoga.nursing.hku.hk/

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(Headline, Oct 5, 2020)


July 31, 2020
As Coronavirus Makes Social Distancing the Norm, Tele-nursing Can Be a Lifeline
 

Professor Doris Yu, commented on South China Morning Post that the social distancing as a coronavirus control measurement may cause critical health threats to older adults with chronic illnesses.

The closure of non-essential aged care service limited older adults’ access to care. Although various social media platforms were developed to strengthen the patient’s self-care ability, many older adults did not know how to access the service.

Under Professor Yu’s Jockey Club NICE-LINK project, a tele-nursing programme provided prompt tele-based health consultation with tailored written health reminder, a good health response was noted in the subsequent tele-visits.

She advocated the integration of tele-nursing with the health care systems in challenging times during COVID-19.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(South China Morning Post – July 31, 2020)


July 25, 2020
8 Ways to Stay Away from Anxiety
 

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues, people are prone to emotional instability, and even stress and anxiety. The School offered tips on psychological well-being.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(healthyd.com – July 25, 2020)

June 4, 2020
Quit to Win

RTHK Radio Programme, Health Pedia 《精靈一點》, interviewed Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor, to talk about the “Quit to Win” contest and how Chat-based instant messaging support could help smokers to quit. “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign is a smoking cessation programme led by the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) and co-organised by the School.

Since 2009, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has organised the “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign in collaboration with the School of Nursing and School of Public Health, HKUMed. The campaign disseminates smoke-free messages through district-based promotion activities and media and provides smoking cessation counselling training. The “Quit to Win” contest engages over 1,000 smokers in quitting every year. The contest includes scientific research to design and evaluate different interventions for smoking cessation in order to provide recommendations to improve the existing smoking cessation services in Hong Kong.

For full version of the programme, please visit:

RTHK Radio 1
RTHK TV31 

(RTHK Radio 1 and RTHK TV31 – June 4, 2020)

 

(From left) Ms Vienna WY Lai, Executive Director of Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health; Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong and the winners of the 8th “Quit to Win” Contest.


 


May 22, 2020
Solving the Mystery of Tai-Chi
 
 
 

Dr Patsy Chau, Associate Professor, interviewed by a TV programme, Medicine Online <杏林在線>. The TV programme broadcasted on Now News and ViuTV featuring the School’s AI robot “NAO” demonstrating Tai-Chi to elderly at one of the health talks for the “Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates Programme”. Dr Chau indicated that the use of robot could draw older people’s attention and encourage them to do more exercise to achieve healthy ageing.

For a full version of the article, please visit:

Now News 
ViuTV 

(Now News – May 22, 2020 & Viu TV Channel 99 – May 23, 2020)


May 18, 2020
Nurturing Smoking Cessation Experts to Support Youngsters and Women to Quit
 

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) was awarded a gold award of “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019”. Dr William Li, Associate Professor of School of Nursing and Director of Youth Quitline conducted an interview with Master-Insight < 灼見名家>.

HKU is a smoke free campus since 2002 and has been raising awareness of students and employees on tobacco hazards. The School established two smoking cessation hotlines for youngsters aged 25 or below and female smokers in 2005 and 2006 respectively to provide telephone counseling service. More than 2,500 young people and about 600 female smokers used the service. 40% of them have reduced their cigarette consumption in half or successfully quit smoking.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(Master-Insight.com – May 18, 2020)


March 4, 2020
Debunking Myths on Novel Coronavirus Episode 2

 

Subsequent to the 1st episode about anti-epidemics, the School launched a second video with an emphasis on domestic hygiene and daily life on social media. The video covers the use of bleach and domestic hygiene, and the proper steps for washing hands thoroughly, etc.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

For a full version of the video, please visit here.

(Sky Post – March 3, 2020)

 

 


February 7, 2020
Debunking Myths on Novel Coronavirus

 

The School has recently launched a video on social media to debunk myths on novel coronavirus and to provide tips on anti-epidemics. This video was shared virally on social media and was reported in local news, HK01, and in Taiwan, Liberty Times.

The video provided information that one should wash his/her hands first when arriving home, then wash hands again after removing the mask. It is also necessary to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub if the water is not accessible. It is also recommended not to re-use the mask.

There are rumours circulating in the society, in order not to be misled by fallacies, the video aims to distinguish facts from fiction for the general public.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(HK01 – February 7 & 8, 2020)

For a full version of the article, please visit here

For a full version of the video, please visit here.

(Liberty Times - February 12, 2020)

 

 


January 14, 2020
Anti-smoking Groups Call to Raise Cigarettes Price
 

A press conference hosted by The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health urged Hong Kong government to increase 100% tobacco tax which raises cigarettes price to nearly HK$100 per pack.

The Council commissioned the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong to conduct a survey during September 2018 to March 2019 and found that almost 80 percent of the 2,000 respondents supported tax increase. 36.4 percent of 280 smokers among the respondents supported an increase while 70.9 percent of all respondents agreed on an annual increase.

RTHK English News 
Topick.hket.com 
Oriental Daily
The Standard  

(RTHK English News, TVB News, Topick.hket.com, Oriental Daily – January 14, 2020; The Standard – January 15, 2020)


December 19, 2019
Social Media Chat Group makes Hong Kong Family Happier
 
 

Dr Kelvin Wang, Associate Professor and a researcher of the survey conducted by Hong Kong Jockey Club Smart Family-Link Project and the School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong, studied the communication patterns of Hong Kong families from May 24 to June 11, 2019.

The survey, which involved online questionnaires with 644 adults, found that respondents who had at least one family chat group, had a higher level of personal and family happiness than those who had none. The quality of family communication was also better for those with chat group than those without. However, the personal and family happiness levels and the quality of family communication peaked at 11 to 20 messages but dropped when messages received exceeded 20 a day.

For a full version of the article, please visit:

South China Morning Post
RTHK News
i-Cable
HK01
Oriental Daily
WenWeiPo
Headline
SkyPost

(South China Morning Post, RTHK News, i-Cable, HK01, Sing Tao, Ming Pao, Oriental Daily, WenWeiPo, Headline – December 19, 2019; Skypost, The Standard, Sing Tao, HKET, Hong Kong Commercial Daily, am730 – December 20, 2019)


October 9, 2019
Healthy Ageing for Older People Living in Public Rental Housing Estates
 
 

The School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA), organised the Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates Programme 2019-2021.

Our teachers and students performed free health assessment for older tenants living in Fortune Estate, Cheung Sha Wan through home visits. We also organised mobile health assessment stations and mini health exhibition about sarcopenia in different public rental estates and HA malls all over Hong Kong.

An article related to this programme was published in AM730 on October 9, 2019.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(AM730 – October 9, 2019)


September 20, 2019
“Chat-based Instant Messaging Support” Could Substantially Enhance Smoker’s Quitting Rate
 
 

A press conference on the study conducted by the Smoking Cessation Research Team at the School of Nursing and School of Public Health of LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, to examine whether WhatsApp, an instant messaging app, could be used to help people quit smoking. The study found that “WhatsApp chat support”, combined with brief smoking cessation interventions, could increase the chance of quitting by 60% to 90%. The results may have implications for strengthening existing smoking cessation services. The result has just been published in The Lancet Digital Health.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.  


September 17, 2019
Noise Pollution
 

Dr Daniel Fong, Associate Professor of School of Nursing, has been interviewed by Apple Daily for his study conducted in 2016 regarding the impact of noise pollution in Hong Kong secondary school students. Among 2,872 students from 13 secondary schools, the ratio of long-term tinnitus (11.7%) and temporary tinnitus (35.6%) was two to three times higher than that of American students.

To prevent adverse impact on health, WHO recommended that the sound level should not exceed 45 decibels.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(Apple Daily – September 17, 2019)


July 18, 2019
Smoking Cessation Program in Workplace
 
 

The “Smoking Cessation Program in Workplace” (Programme) press conference was successfully held on July 18, 2019.  The Programme, launched in 2013, aims to raise awareness of companies to the importance of supporting staff to quit smoking.  The effectiveness of the programme was evaluated by the School of Nursing and School of Public Health, HKU and the results were announced at the press conference.  

The third phase of the programme started in January 2017 with a total of 92 corporates enrolled and 801 smokers served.  Together with the first and second phases, the entire program has served more than 270 corporates and 2,100 smokers. 

The third phase of the program included 2 kinds of interventions: (1) intensive health talk with semi-personalized WhatsApp interaction; and (2) general health talk and regular SMS messages.  All service users received self-help booklets and telephone counselling at follow-ups.  During a period of 12 months follow-up, the overall quit rate was 22.6%, reduction rate was 46.9%, and reduction rate of daily cigarette consumption by ≥ 50% was 19.4%.  The total quit rate and reduction rate reached 69.5% during the aforementioned period.

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.


June 1, 2019
Research on the Relationship Between Hotter Weather and Suicide
 
 

Dr Patsy Chau, Associate Professor of School of Nursing, has been interviewed by South China Morning Post in May 2019 for her research on the relationship between hot weather and suicide among the elderly.

The study reviewed approximately 8,000 suicide cases of residents aged 65 or above from 1976 to 2014, showing that there is a link between higher temperature and higher suicide rate among older people. Based on her findings, recommendations on preventive measures were made.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(South China Morning Post – June 1, 2019)


May 27, 2019
E-cigarette Ban
 
 

Dr Kelvin Wang, Director of the Master of Nursing Programme, has been interviewed by China Daily on his view towards the vaping industry. He advocates a total ban on e-cigarettes along with other new tobacco products as he felt that the vaping industry lures teenagers to try the wide range of cool flavours with designer appeal instead of as a substitute to smoking. Setting an age restriction will lead to teenagers to try e-cigarettes secretively.

The survey done in 2016/17 by the School of Nursing and School of Public Health was also quoted in the paper that 8.7 percent of secondary and 1.4 percent of primary school children (grades 4-6) had tried e-cigarettes.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(China Daily – May 27, 2019)


May 08, 2019
HKU School of Nursing invited to join the China Nursing Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals
 

In May 2019, the School of Nursing (the School), LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong has been invited to join the China Nursing Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals (the Nursing Consortium). This opens the way for the School to collaborate with eight other distinguished hospitals/nursing departments in the Nursing Consortium to facilitate cooperation and exchange experiences in clinical nursing education and training.

Being the only nursing institution in the Hong Kong SAR as a member of the Nursing Consortium, the School will play a leading role in modernizing nursing residency education in Mainland China and will actively engage in the Nursing Consortium.

For press release, please visit:

English version
Chinese version


March 08, 2019
Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates Promotes Active Ageing
 
 
 

HK01 and Sing Pao published an article on a health talk under the Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates Programme 2018/19 co-organised by the Hong Kong Housing Authority and HKU School of Nursing. The article featured over 100 elderly public housing tenants practising Tai-Chi led by the two AI robots of HKU School of Nursing.

The health talk is part of the Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates Programme which aimed to promote active ageing among elderly tenants. The programme included a number of health talks on sarcopenia and its prevention organised for older tenants from different Public Rental Housing estates throughout the territory.

The programme started in September 2018 and ended in March 2019. Under the programme, the School also assisted in providing free health assessment for elderly tenants through home visits and setting up mobile health assessment stations in 13 Public Rental Housing Estates in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories, and one of the Housing Authority’s shopping centres. Exhibitions on sarcopenia were held alongside the stations to educate the elderly about the problem and how to prevent falls. According to the Housing Authority, a total of about 6,000 elderly tenants have benefited from various activities under the 2018/19 Programme.

For a full version of the articles, please visit:

HK01
Sing Pao

For press release, please visit:

Chinese version
English version

(HK01 – March 8, 2019 ; Sing Pao – March 13, 2019)


February 8, 2019
Virtual Reality (VR) in Nursing Education
 
 

Now News programme <杏林在線> broadcasted about HKU School of Nursing’s incorporation of Virtual Reality (VR) technology in the nursing education. According to the evaluation results, VR education can demonstrate the enhancement of student’s empathy level. The interview was also broadcasted on Viu TV Channel 99 on February 9, 2019.

For a full version of the programme, please visit:

Now News 

(Now News – February 8, 2019; Viu TV Channel 99 – February 9, 2019)


January 16, 2019
School of Nursing Promotes Healthy Ageing for Older People Living in the Community
 
 
 

The School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Housing Authority, organised the Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates Programme 2018/19 starting from September 1, 2018. The programme aims to promote active lifestyles and healthy ageing among older tenants living in public rental estates. Led by an experienced community nurse, our nursing students provided elderly tenants with free health check services and advice on aged-related illnesses. The programme included three parts.

First, it was health checks that were performed at the tenants’ homes in Sai Wan Estate. Second, we set up mobile health assessment stations and mini health exhibition about sarcopenia in different public rental estates to educate tenants. To date the initiative has performed health checks for over 800 elderly and the mini health exhibition has received over 5,000 visitors. Third, we organised health talks about sarcopenia for 600 older tenants from 14 public housing estates in different districts.

The School of Nursing hopes to continue promoting healthy ageing in the community through various events and initiatives such as this.

An article was published on AM730 related to this programme on January 16, 2019.

For a full version of the article, please visit here.

(AM730 – January 16, 2019)

 


December 31, 2018
The Effects of Mindfulness Yoga
 
 

RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) news programme “鏗鏘集” interviewed Dr JoJo Kwok, Research Assistant Professor of HKU School of Nursing on the application and effects of mindfulness yoga in people with Parkinson’s disease. Patients with Parkinson’s disease who participated at Dr Kwok’s research study “Effects of Mindfulness Yoga versus Conventional Stretching and Resistance Training Exercises on Psychological Distress in People with Parkinson’s Disease: a Randomized Controlled Trial” were invited to demonstrate mindfulness yoga and sharing their thoughts. The programme was broadcasted on TVB on December 31, 2018.

(RTHK & TVB – December 31, 2018)


December 17, 2018
Cigarette Addiction and Smoking Cessation
RTHK radio programme

 

Dr William Li, Associate Professor of HKU School of Nursing and Director of HKU Youth Quitline was interviewed at a TVB news programme “最強生命線” on the topic – cigarette addiction and smoking cessation for youth. The HKU Youth Quitline and “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign collaborated between the School of Nursing and School of Public Health of HKU Faculty of Medicine was featured and successful quitters of the programme were interviewed.

HKU Youth Quitline   
“Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign   

For a full version of the programme, please visit here.

(TVB – December 17, 2018)


November 13, 2018
Clinical Excellence

Ms Susanna Lee, Associate Professor (Nursing Practice), was interviewed at a RTHK radio programme “新紫荊廣場” to discuss her clinical experience in the nursing profession. She shared with the audience about the difference between Registered Nurse and Enrolled Nurse, and introduced different nursing specialties. She also highlighted the core values of CASH (Competence, Attitude, Skills and Heart) for being a nurse.

(RTHK – November 13, 2018)

RTHK radio programme

 

RTHK radio programme

 

RTHK radio programme

 


November 7, 2018
Improving Survival in Lung Cancer Patients

Professor Chia-chin Lin, Head of the School, in collaboration with HKU Centre for Sports and Exercise(CSE), has undertaken a 12-week pilot programme entitled "Improving Survival in Lung Cancer Patients: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of Aerobic Exercise and Tai-chi Interventions" to examine the benefits of exercise in late-stage lung cancer patients. During July to September, 2018, 20 late-stage lung cancer patients joined the HKU “Exercise is Medicine” medical referral programme.

At the press conference jointly held by the University Health Services (UHS), the Centre for Sports and Exercise (CSE) and the School of Nursing on November 7, 2018, findings of the pilot exercise programme revealed that exercise led to improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness, functional performance, quality of life, emotional status, and sleep quality. Five cancer patients from the aerobic exercise or Tai-Chi group joined the press conference and told the media how their physical functions improved after joining the exercise programme.

Professor Chia-Chin Lin pointed out that the findings were encouraging. She hopes to help further improve the quality of life of patients suffering from cancer through the exercise programme.

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.

Impact of Cessation of Complementary Infant Formula in Public Hospitals on the Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding by Professor Marie Tarrant

 

(From right) Dr Grace Loy, Physician of University Health Services; Professor Chia-Chin Lin, Head of School of Nursing; Dr Michael Tse, Assistant Director of Centre for Sports and Exercise, and participants of the 12-week pilot programme.

Impact of Cessation of Complementary Infant Formula in Public Hospitals on the Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding by Professor Marie Tarrant

 

Professor Chia-Chin Lin revealed the result findings of the 12-week pilot programme.


October 15, 2018
Support for a Total Ban on E-cigarettes
Impact of Cessation of Complementary Infant Formula in Public Hospitals on the Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding by Professor Marie Tarrant

 

Dr William Li, Associate Professor, HKU School of Nursing and Director, HKU Youth Quitline, among representatives from relevant sectors, attended a press conference held on October 5, 2018 backing the 2018 Policy Address’s initiative to ban e-cigarettes. A joint statement supporting the enactment of a total ban on e-cigarettes and other new smoking products has been released.


October 10, 2018
HKU School of Nursing and School of Public Health Help Persons in Custody to Quit Smoking
Impact of Cessation of Complementary Infant Formula in Public Hospitals on the Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding by Professor Marie Tarrant

 

HKU Faculty of Medicine School of Nursing and School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH), will conduct a six-month scheme “Quit to Win” to help 15 persons in custody in Lo Wu Correctional Institution and 15 persons in custody in Stanley Prison to quit smoking.

During the six months “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign, participants will be followed up with counselling and carbon monoxide breath test.

The “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign aims to motivate smokers to quit smoking and understand the smoking hazards. For information, please visit here.


July 9, 2018
HKU School of Nursing Establishes Academic Elite Scholarship in Nursing

The School of Nursing has established the “Academic Elite Scholarship in Nursing” (the Elite Scholarship) to motivate high calibre students to maintaining an outstanding level of academic excellence over their 5-year study.

Starting from the academic year 2018-19, students who have obtained a HKDSE score of 28 or above would be awarded a scholarship of the value equivalent to the full tuition fees of their first year of study. If the student continues to achieve outstanding academic performance in subsequent study years, he/she will also be awarded a scholarship of the value equivalent to the tuition fees of the prevailing year.

Concurrently, awardees of the Elite Scholarship will also be awarded HK$21,000 under the “Entrance Scholarship in Nursing” (Entrance Scholarship) established since 2016. Students who have obtained a HKDSE score of 27 will be awarded HK$10,000. Students will be awarded a scholarship value of up to a maximum of HK$231,500 if he/she is able to demonstrate academic excellence throughout their study.

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.


May 31, 2018
HKU Youth Quitline Smoking Cessation Hotline Helps Youths Quit Smoking, Reduce Risk Behaviours and Promote Physical and Psychological Health
Youth Quitline Smoking Cessation Hotline

 

Since its establishment in 2005, the first Hong Kong youth-oriented smoking cessation hotline “Youth Quitline” operated by the Smoking Cessation Research Team of the School of Nursing in collaboration with the School of Public Health of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of HKU and the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health aims to raise awareness of smoking cessation service among young people in Hong Kong and to provide free-of-charge smoking cessation service to youth smokers.

A press conference was held on May 31, 2018 to announce the phase four findings of the hotline service (December 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018). The “Youth Quitline” has helped over one-fifth of the participants who have joined the service for 6 months to quit smoking. The quit rate is about 3% higher than that of the previous phase. The hotline also helped participants reduce risk behaviours and promote physical and psychological health.

Dr William Li Ho-cheung, Associate Professor of School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU and Director of the “Youth Quitline” Programme, hopes to further strengthen the training on the areas of coping skills for managing emotions and healthy lifestyle in the counsellor training programme.

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.


May 30, 2018
HKU School of Nursing held the 6th Serena Yang Lecture and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony with New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing 
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony
The 6th Serena Yang Lecture

The School of Nursing held the 6th Serena Yang Lecture entitled “What is Old is New: Trends for Nursing in Global Aging” on May 30, 2018. Professor Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and President-Elect of American Academy of Nursing is an internationally renowned nursing expert, who examined what are the current best practices in the care of older adults and what still needs to be done or applied to ensure the best care for ageing communities and families in society.

A Signing Ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing was held before the Opening Ceremony of the 6th Serena Yang Lecture. The MoU outlines the academic cooperation and research collaboration between the two Schools, which helps the School to nurture our nursing students as a global leader with increased international mobility and widened global exposure.
 

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.


Nov 10, 2016
Youth Quitline Press Conference for Achievements and Smoking Cessation Research Findings 
Use of Electronic Cigarettes 2013-2016 by Dr William Li

 

The School’s smoking cessation hotline “Youth Quitline” was established in 2005, which is the first youth-oriented smoking cessation hotline in Hong Kong. The Youth Quitline Press Conference for reporting the achievements of Youth Quitline, the latest findings of the research and the use of electronic cigarettes in the past three years was held on November 10, 2016. The speakers included Dr William Li Ho-Cheung, Project Director of the “Youth Quitline” and Associate Professor of School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU, Prof. Lam Tai-Hing, Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health and Chair Professor of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU and Ms Vienna Lai, Executive Director, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health.

“Youth Quitline” aims to raise the awareness of smoking cessation service among young people in Hong Kong and to provide free of charge smoking cessation service to youth smokers. It also aims to provide training to young people as peer smoking cessation counsellors. All these are always done together with vigorous research and evaluation to improve the Quitline service and generate new knowledge and evidence to support tobacco control.

For a full version of the press release, please visit:here


May 26, 2015
HKU Finds Adventure-based Physical Training is Beneficial to Children’s Cancer Survivors
Adventure-based Physical Training for Children’s Cancer Survivors by Dr William Li

 

In view of the new medical breakthrough for cancer screening and treatment, most of the children patients can be fully recovered by suitable treatments.  However, cancer itself and its treatment will pose adverse long-term effects to the survivors both psychologically and physically, e.g. they will feel fatigued easily, with decreased physical strength and endurance.  Their quality of life will be affected and they tend to do less physical activity, which will, in turn, further decrease their muscle strength and endurance, leading to poorer health.  Nevertheless, there is a growing concern about declining levels of physical activity among children’s cancer survivors.  Researchers from the School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong found that adventure-based physical training can help these survivors to build up their confidence and habits in doing regular physical activities.

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.


Apr 22, 2015
HKU Youth Quitline Appreciates Peer Smoking Cessation Counsellors in the 10th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony
HKU Youth Quitline 10th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony

 

The youth-oriented smoking cessation hotline “Youth Quitline” was jointly established by the Smoking Cessation Research Team of School of Nursing and School of Public Health of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of HKU and the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health in 2005.  “Youth Quitline” has been funded by the Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health since October 2011 to help youth smokers quit smoking.  “Youth Quitline” marks the tenth anniversary in 2015 and will continue to provide smoking cessation quitline service to youth smokers in the community and organise training programmes for nurturing young people to become peer smoking cessation counsellors.

For a full version of the press release, please visit here.


August 27, 2014
Diabetes Risk Score Smartphone Application (DRS App)
Diabetes Risk Score Smartphone Application (DRS app) by Dr Angela Leung

 

The School of Nursing has a new initiative for promoting public awareness on diabetes. This project was titled “Diabetes Risk Score smartphone application (DRS app): its application in diabetes prevention and health education” and funded by the Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding Exercise 2013/14. Different departments worked together for this event and a media conference was held on 27 August 2014. Lots of positive comments about this project were received. Many users indicated that this tool was a non-threatening tool and they were happy in receiving individualized health educational advice through the app. This project is very successful especially in promoting public awareness on diabetes.


Dec 13, 2012
Impact of Cessation of Complementary Infant Formula in Public Hospitals on the Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding Research Findings
Impact of Cessation of Complementary Infant Formula in Public Hospitals on the Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding by Professor Marie Tarrant

 

Baby-friendly practices in public hospitals are steadily improving – Despite dwindling resources and manpower. In Hong Kong, in 2011 change in formula policy directly resulted in additional 88/1000 breastfeeding infants breastfed to 3 months; and an additional 46/1000 breastfeeding infants exclusively breastfed to 3 months. It was found that infant formula supplementation is one of the factors most strongly associated with early weaning from breastfeeding. The provision of free infant formula to hospitals by infant formula manufacturers has been a very effective marketing strategy for their products. When hospitals provide infant formula to new mothers, there is an implied endorsement by the hospital and the health-care provider of both the infant formula product itself and the specific brand that the hospital is providing. When institutions pay market value for infant formula products, there is more incentive to only provide formula when medically indicated.

Researchers from the School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong conducted a study to assess the impact of adopting a policy of paying market price for infant formula in public hospitals on infant formula supplementation rates and breastfeeding outcomes. Figures of 2006-07 and 2011-12 study were compared and examined. The amount of infant formula given to breastfeeding babies in the hospital was reduced by more than 50%. The percent of breastfeeding babies breastfed exclusively during the entire hospital stay (48 hours) increased from 17.1% to 41.5% from 2006 to 2012 – more than double. Overall, mothers in 2011-12 were 25% less likely to stop breastfeeding at any time point in the first 6 months. The average duration of breastfeeding increased from 8 weeks to 11 weeks.