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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

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 month “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:
http://www.quittowin.hk/  


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 full version of the press release, please visit:
https://www.med.hku.hk/news/press/HKU-School-of-Nursing-Establishes-Academic-Elite-Scholarship-in-Nursing  


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 full version of the press release, please visit:
https://www.hku.hk/press/press-releases/detail/17954.html  


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 aging 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 full version of the press release, please visit:
https://www.med.hku.hk/news/press/6th_Serena_Yang_Lecture 


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 full version of the press release, please visit:
http://www.hku.hk/press/press-releases/detail/15513.html 


May 26, 2015
HKU finds that 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 fatigue 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 a 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 find that adventure-based physical training can help these survivors to build up their confidence and habits in doing regular physical activities.

For full version of the press release, please visit:
https://www.med.hku.hk/news/press/hku-finds-that-adventure-based-physical-training-is-beneficial-to-children%E2%80%99s-cancer-survivors  


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 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 full version of the press release, please visit: 
https://www.med.hku.hk/news/press/hku-youth-quitline-appreciates-peer-smoking-cessation-counsellors-in-the-10th-anniversary-celebration-ceremony


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. A lots of positive comments about this projects were received. Many users indicated that this tool was a non-threatening tool and they were happy in receiving individualized health educational advices 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 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.