Guest Speaker: Prof. Sophia Chan, GBS, JP - Professor in Nursing of the University of Hong Kong Date: 26 September 2023 Time: 3:00pm Duration: 30 mins (with Q&A) Mode: Zoom Language: Cantonese
Speaker's Bio: Professor Sophia Chan is currently Professor in Nursing and Senior Advisor to the President’s Office at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Chan was appointed by the HK SAR Government to be Under Secretary for Food and Health (USFH) from 2012-2017, and Secretary for Food and Health (SFH) from 2017-2022. She was the first nurse in Hong Kong appointed in this ministerial position. She has led the Food and Health (FHB) in making remarkable contribution in the formulation and implementation of various major policies on health, food and environmental hygiene and agriculture and fisheries. During her tenure as SFH, not only has she been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic over 2.5 years, she has also made exemplary efforts and policy initiatives in protecting and promoting the health of the population through major policy initiatives such as embarking on a new journey in primary health care by developing District Health Centres (DHCs) in all 18 districts in Hong Kong, laying a strong foundation of developing the first Chinese Medicine Hospital, opening the first Children Hospital, and launched the Hong Kong Cancer Strategy 2019, and banned E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products in Hong Kong, just to name a few. Before the Government appointment, Professor Chan was the Head of Department of Nursing Studies/School of Nursing of HKU from 2002 to 2011 and an Assistant Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of HKU from 2001 to 2012. Professor Chan was trained in and practised general and paediatric nursing in Hong Kong and London. She got her Master of Education from the University of Manchester, Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong.