Plenary 1
Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Common Mental Health Problems in Primary Care

PROFESSOR SAMUEL WONG

PROFESSOR SAMUEL WONG

Professor and Head, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare,
Director, Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care

Professor Samuel Wong is a clinician with training in both Family Medicine and Public Health. He is the Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Head of the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare and the Deputy Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care.

Professor Wong’s research interests include evaluating and developing mindfulness-based and mental health interventions in primary care, evaluating primary care services and developing primary care service models for people with multimorbidity.

He has published more than 200 original papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the Annals of Family Medicine, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, British Journal of Psychiatry and JAMA Internal Medicine.


Plenary 2
The Jungle of Quality of Life Measurement: Past, Present and Future

PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN APFELBACHER

PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN APFELBACHER

Professor of Epidemiology and Health Systems Research & Director of the Institute of Social Medicine and Health Systems Research, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany, Visiting Professor (Health Services Research), Family Medicine and Primary Care, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

With a background in health sciences and public health, and a PhD in epidemiology (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and health services research (Brighton and Sussex Medical School), Prof Apfelbacher is currently Chair of Epidemiology and Health Systems Research at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany and Visiting Professor (Health Services Research) at LKC Medicine (Family Medicine and Primary Care), Singapore.

His research interests are manifold and encompass population-based and clinical epidemiology, systematic reviews of interventional and non-interventional studies, complex interventions and the measurement of patient-reported outcomes. He contributes to several initiatives that try to develop core outcomes sets for clinical trials, observational research and routine care.


Plenary 3
Revolutionizing Cardiovascular Multimorbidity Management in Primary Care through Digital Health

PROFESSOR ANIS SAFURA RAMLI

PROFESSOR ANIS SAFURA RAMLI

Professor of Family Medicine & Consultant Family Physician, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Deputy Director & Fellow of the Institute of Pathology, Laboratory & Forensic Medicine (I-PPerForM)

Professor Ramli graduated with an MBBS from Newcastle University, UK in 1997. She pursued her specialist primary care training in England and subsequently obtained Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK. She completed subspecialty training in Chronic Disease Management at Monash University, Australia.

Prof. Ramli successfully established the Department of Primary Care Medicine at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia and was the Head of Department from 2005 - 2015. She is also currently the Deputy Director and Fellow at I-PPerForM, a research Centre of Excellence in UiTM.

Her research area is chronic disease management and prevention of cardiovascular risks – particularly hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. She is also interested in health services research and primary care reform. She has published numerous scientific papers in international high impact journals and has vast experience in leading research teams as principal investigator of national and international grants.


Plenary 4
Young People’s Health Care in the Digital Age

PROFESSOR LENA SANCI

PROFESSOR LENA SANCI

Head of Department, Director of Teaching and Learning, and
co-lead of the Children and Young People’s Research Stream in the Department of General Practice,
The University of Melbourne

Professor Lena Sanci (PhD, FRACGP, MBBS) is Head of Department, Director of Teaching and Learning, and co-lead of the Children and Young People’s Research Stream in the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne.

Her research has led to a greater understanding of barriers and enablers for primary care clinicians in caring for young people, effective interventions for lasting improvement in their clinical approach to youth, and methods to enhance young people’s help seeking behaviour including the use of technology.

She is also the Medical Advisor to the Victorian Department of Education and Training for the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program, where she also leads the clinical training in youth-friendly care. She additionally works as a sessional clinician at Family Planning Victoria’s Action Centre.