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Pre-conference Workshops

13 October

Time Workshop Title Trainers / Facilitators
About the Workshop
8.30am - 12.30pmCHEER Workshop (Virtual) Ms Shyamala Narayanaswamy

Pharmacy Practice Manager, SGH

Dr Sylvia Mun

Deputy Director, Allied Health, KKH
Chair, College of Allied Health

Ms Yeoh Ting Ting

Specialist Pharmacist, NCCS
Vice-Chair, College of Allied Health

Jointly organised by SingHealth Group Allied Health and the SingHealth Academy College of Allied Health, the CHEER workshop aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to address conflicts, provide constructive feedback and express appreciation to create a compassionate work environment. This is a 4-hour interactive session.

By the end of the workshop, participants should be confident in

  • Describing the CHEER cultural values: Compassion, Humility, Empathy, Encompassing, Respect
  • Utilising the core principles of Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication to start practising how to address interpersonal conflicts, give and receive feedback, and express appreciation

​9.00am - 12.00pm

Visioning for the Future: Strategic Planning Toolkit Workshop


Dr Silvana Choo                  

Senior Principal Occupational Therapist, SGH

Ms Tanuja Nair

Head, CHAMPs (Child Life, Art and Music Therapy Programmes), Senior Principal Child Life Therapist, KKH

Dr Evelyn Heng

Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist (Education), SGH

Strategic planning is important as it enables us to keep sight of issues and challenges that matter to the development and growth of the profession / department / team. Additionally, it enables us to stay relevant and competitive as we step up to meet the evolving needs effectively. A comprehensive toolkit was developed to provide clear and practical guidelines to help AHPs in their development of a strategic plan to support a future ready workforce. 

At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the 6 steps in the Strategic Planning toolkit
  • Be familiar with the application of the varied tools
  • Be confident in organising strategic planning sessions using the toolkit
9.00am - 1.00pm

ESTHER Network Singapore Advocacy Workshop


Mr Andy Sim Gim Hong

Principal Medical Social Worker, SGH

Ms Joy Tan Meiling

Senior Principal Physiotherapist, SGH

Ms Tan Jie Bin

Senior Medical Social Worker, SGH

This half-day interactive workshop aims to clarify the understanding of what person-centred care means and encourage participants to put into practice, simple person-centred care acts in their daily work, to enhance overall care experiences. Course participants will also take part in a Live ESTHER Café, which features person-centred interviewing techniques to engage ‘Esther’ to share his/her experiences seeking health and/or social care services.
Participants will be invited to complete three short online surveys (before, immediately after and three months post workshop) to measure changes in their person-centred orientation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the person-centred care philosophy and key domains of ESTHER Network Singapore
  • Formulate person-centred questions to enhance care communication
  • Formulate person-centred care practices in day-to-day work

1.30pm - 5.00pm

Applying Strategic Management Practices to Drive Healthcare Innovations


Mr Michael Chong Keng Yong

Deputy Director, Office for Service Transformation, SingHealth

Mr Tan Teck Choon

Deputy Director, Office for Service Transformation, SingHealth

This workshop aims to cover a wide spectrum of topics related to driving healthcare innovations in public healthcare institutions. Frameworks and process will be covered at the strategic, planning, operational and organisational levels.

It is hoped that through this workshop, participants will be better informed about the emerging healthcare challenges, the complexities in driving innovations in healthcare, and what best practices they could adopt to prioritize and manage innovation efforts in their own organizations.

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Introduction to Python


Mr Daniel Chang

Executive (Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence), Allied Health Division, SGH

Learners will learn the basics of Python and its use for simple data analysis. 
2.00pm - 6.00pm
​Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Promotion

'The Tree of Life' exercise:

Ms Dorcas Won Yuen Mei

Principal Medical Social Worker, CGH

Ms Sophie Cheng Xiaolin

Principal Medical Social Worker, SKH


'Wisdom Circles' exercise:

Ms Sarah Lee Mei En

Senior Medical Social Worker, CGH

Ms Dorcas Won Yuen Mei

Principal Medical Social Worker, CGH

'A Different Perspective, A Different Self':

Dr Gilbert Fan

Master Medical Social Worker, NCCS

This experiential workshop explores mental health from a personal perspective with applications to interpersonal relationships.

The first experiential workshop is on compassion fatigue and burnout. While the emotional toll of helping others is a normal experience, it may not always be adequately or frequently addressed at the often-hectic workplace. Participants will get to experience the technique of 'Wisdom Circles' that seeks to honour the emotional toll experienced by AHPs. 'Wisdom Circles' bring helping professionals together to bear compassionate witness to the joy and suffering involved in their respective helping journeys. A safe space is fostered to honour the hurts experienced, sharing of struggles, for listening deeply and the mending of weary hearts. 'Wisdom Circles' can provide powerful healing opportunities for helping professionals.

The second experiential workshop will briefly outline a recent study on the resiliency and support systems for social workers and translates its findings to a reflective life exercise entitled 'The Tree of Life'. 'The Tree of Life' exercise is based on a narrative approach focusing on one's strength, resilience and relationship.

The third experiential workshop focuses on adopting a mind-set change to deal with life adversities entitled 'A Different Perspective, A Different Self'. The entire approach is translated from a nursing research on elderly cancer patients in Hong Kong. Its findings have been translated into a step-by-step approach to fostering a mind-set change for the better. 

Information updated as of 30th September 2022