Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Managing Stress in Self and Others

A Community Mental Health Awareness Workshop

You are invited to attend a free half day workshop at Disted College Hall, Jalan Macalister Penang
“Managing Stress in Self and Others”
Saturday 12 January, 9.00 am - 1 pm

Facilitator: Lynn Leahy
Jointly organized by Penang Association of Counselling & Psychology with Disted College

Free admission. Freewill donations will go towards 'Together We Can Change The World' - a charity that is supporting orphanages in South East Asia.

Why are some people more susceptible to overstress than others?

It will be led by Lynn Leahy. Lynn is a successful international speaker who has spoken in over 20 countries, throughout Europe, Asia, in the USA, and Australia and New Zealand. She co-founded the Oakridge Centre, a successful international training business, based near Manchester in England. She has helped teams at every level in organisations and has won two awards with Vistage International for her work with CEO’s throughout the UK.

Lynn has a Master’s degree in the behavioural sciences. She is an accredited mediator and a trained relationship counsellor. She draws on a range of psychotherapeutic approaches in her work. Lynn’s success comes from her ability to offer complex theories about behaviour and relationships in a clear, practical way that everyone understands and can relate to.

The session will help you:
• Understand exactly what stress is (the biology)
• Explore how you and others can manage stress using a powerful model, the cycle of stress and distress.
• Understand certain beliefs that you and others can hold which could result in you stressing yourself.
• Understand some of the crucial skills and qualities that you will need, to help those you care about, manage overstress – enabling them to stay within their own stress optimum.
More information about Lynn’s experience/background:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Free Prosthesis

Free Bra and prosthesis for patients who had breast mastectomy and lumpectomy.

Contact details: Yayasan Kebajikan Negara Malaysia. Projek Bekalan Prosthesis Luaran Payudara Wanita.

Tel: 03 2616 5600

For Penang and the North, please contact Ms Goon Hoe 012 429 0033

Source: Sukhveer

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Professional Development Workshop

Introductory Workshop on Mediation for Professionals
25 & 26 January 2013
9.00 am - 4.00 pm
at Rumah Hospis, 250A Jalan Air Itam, Pulau Pinang

Workshop fee: RM350 (members of NGO), RM400 (others)

For enquiries, please call PACP at 013 433 4375 or email

Loss and Grief Workshop

Wednesday 7 November 2012
Registration Fee: RM80
Organised by: Penang Hospice Society

Enquiries: Please contact Devi at 04-228 4140 (tel) or email to

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To Heal the Sick

Coffee table book “To Heal the Sick” - The story of healthcare and doctors in Penang

This hard cover book is a collection of short articles written by different authors covering the history of how the health of Penang was looked after since the late 18th century. There are over 200 pages with many illustrations augmenting the text. It is an entertaining read and will make a wonderful addition to any library. It has been published by the Penang Medical Practitioners’ Society.

The book will be a wonderful gift and at the same time, you will be donating to a good cause.
To purchase a copy, please contact Ms Devi at 04-228 4140 or email Nor at <>.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Anger Management Programme

Anger Management Programme (Individual and Group): 'Turning Anger Into Power'
Anger is a normal human emotion. It can be caused by anything from a friend's annoying behavior to worries about personal problems or memories of a troubling life event.

Martin Luther King said: "When I am angry I can pray well and preach well".

When handled in a positive way, anger can become positive energy that motivates people to achieve their goals and bring about changes in life. On the other hand, anger can lead to violence and injury when not addressed positively. Some people choose to ignore or bottle up anger, but this approach may actually cause more harm because the root problem is never addressed.

Children and young people who lack the appropriate skills to manage their anger often struggle in their interpersonal relationships.

This programme is for children and young people aged 5 - 18 to learn and practise anger management skills through creative arts activities such as role play, story telling, drawing, music, movement, drama. The skills will enable them to exercise self-control and stay calm in different anger provoking contexts.

1. To enhance participants' abilities to identify, assess and monitor their anger by helping them to understand the nature and expression of anger.
2. To enhance participants' self-control skills by reducing and channeling their anger into creative arts activities such as storytelling, drawing, music, movement, drama.
3. To enhance participants' abilities to stay calm in different anger provoking contexts by practicing specific relaxation techniques and role play.

Who Would Benefit
Children and Young People aged 5-18 who wish to enhance their anger management skills and interpersonal relationships through creative arts activities.

For group programme, participants will be grouped according to their age, e.g. participants aged 7-10 will be grouped together. Maximum 8 participants a group.

Venue: Penang Island and Butterworth.

Fee: Individual Programme: RM80/hour (Lower fee for Individual Package Programme).
Group Programme: 90 minutes/week, Max: 8 children, RM500/8 weeks.

Therapist Profile - Leong Min See, certified Play Therapist (Roehampton University, UK), MA in Special and Inclusive Education (UK, Netherlands, Czech), Reg. Member of British Association of Play Therapists, President of Centre for Creative Arts Therapy.

Min See has 7 years of experiences in providing creative arts therapy to children and young people in need (including Children and Young People with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) to increase their self esteem, strengthen their interpersonal skills and enhance their abilities to cope with anger, stress and anxiety.

Her work includes parenting work to enable parents to acquire positive parenting skills to meet the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of their children and young people.

For inquiries:  Contact Min See at 012-585 7137 or

Other Programmes:
* Creative Arts Therapy or Counseling (Children, Young People and Adults)
* Creative Learning for Children with Dyslexia, Autism, ADD, ADHD and Developmental Delay to enhance their learning abilities
* EQ Development (Stress Management, Anxiety and Anger Management, Positive Personal Relationship, Crisis Management, Conflict Management)
* Parents Growth Programme, Marital Counseling, Family Therapy
* Training and Workshops

Neuro-dynamic Play 1

Date: 30 Nov - 3 Dec
Venue: Women's Centre for Change

Dr Sue Jennings will be in Penang to teach Neuro Dramatic play Level 1 on 30 Nov & 1-3 Dec.

Registration forms will be send to you when you confirm your interest to attend this workshop. The fees is tentatively RM450 for the 4 days workshop inclusive of lunch and training materials.

Do not miss this opportunity as Dr Sue Jennings is the only person who has the ability and capability to give this course. If you want to know more on Neuro Dramatic Play please read up the book:

Healthy attachments - neuro dramatic play written by Dr Sue Jennings.

Free worldwide delivery
Healthy Attachments and Neuro-dramatic-play

"Neuro-Dramatic-Play and Healthy Attachments" breaks new ground in the areas of attachment and child development. Based on sound experience and observation, Sue Jennings consolidates current theories of attachment and therapeutic intervention; expands the often narrow view of what is understood by attachment; challenges the psychoanalytic ideas of child development and attachment and makes a strong case for early years adoption of arts and play therapies. The author has developed the new concept of neuro-dramatic-play that emerges in the second half of pregnancy and the first few months after birth. She explains how an understanding of this mother-child interaction, that is essentially 'dramatic' in nature, is crucial for developing a healthy brain, strong attachments and future resilience. This accessible text will interest all therapists and practitioners who work with children, including child psychotherapists, social workers, paediatric nurses, paediatricians, child psychiatrists and students of play therapy and all arts therapies.

Dr Sue Jennings will also be conducting Level 2 Neuro Dramatic play for participants who attended the Level 1 last May'12. You are welcome to attend Level 2. 

Seats are limited. Please contact Ms Priscilla Ho at for further details.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

World Mental Health Day 2012

World Mental Health Day Expo 2012
Theme: Voices Within: To Hear & To be Heard
Date: 20 October 2012, Time: 8.30 - 1.00pm
Venue: Penang Caring Society Complex [map]
Rooms: Anggerik, Bouganvillea & Cempaka

Participating NGOs
  • Mental Health Association Penang (PMHA)
  • Penang Association of Counselling & Psychology (PACP)
  • Befrienders Penang
  • D’ Home Mental Health Association
  • Mitra Welfare Association
  • Help 4 U
  • 2-Way Centre (MHA)
  • Women’s Centre for Change (WCC)
  • Centre for Creative Arts Therapy (CCAT)
  • Penang Care
  • Agape Counseling Center Malaysia (Penang)
  • Creativity at Heart (Cr8TvT@Heart)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cancer Workshop

Saturday 6 October 2012
2.00 pm - 4.30 pm
Lecture Hall, Pantai Hospital Penang

For RSVP, please call 04 639 6506 or email before 1 October 2012.

Talk on Breast Cancer

Saturday 27 October 2012
3.00 pm
Auditorium, College of Nursing, Hospital Lam Wah Ee, Penang

Speaker: Mr Chin Chean Kok, Consultant General Surgeon
Free admission.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

International Conference for Cancer Caregivers

Date : 4 October 2012 (Thursday)
Time : 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue : G Hotel, 168A Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Penang, Malaysia

Based on the theme, “Strength for Caring”, this upcoming conference is a skill-based lecture designed with the objective of providing support, education and resource materials to cancer caregivers. With the tutelage from a group of professional healthcare experts, this conference will help caregivers to:
  • Understand cancer and its treatment
  • Manage the side effects
  • Access up-to-date resources
  • Balance their needs and roles as caregivers
  • Manage their stress
Speakers include:
Dr T Aloysius Raj, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Penang Adventist Hospital
Dr Yeoh Kheng Wei, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Ang Soo Fan, Consultant Medical Oncologist, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Lynne Yong Ee Lin, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Penang Adventist Hospital
Chaplain Francis Amer, Head of Chaplaincy & Counselling, Penang Adventist Hospital
Ms Helen Wong, Clinical Dietitian, Penang Adventist Hospital

Reg. Fee : RM50.00

Before or On 20 September 2012 (Early Bird Discount) - RM 50.00

After 20 September 2012 - RM100.00

Organised by: Penang Adventist Hospital & Adventist Oncology Centre
Any enquiries, please contact 04-2261566 ext: 208 (Keat Nee) or ext: 207 (Wan Azlifah)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Public Forum - Suicide Prevention Campaign

Public Forum (in Mandarin) on The Truth of Suicide
Date: Saturday 8 Sept 2012, 8pm - 10pm at Chung Ling (Private) High School

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Charity Night Performance

Paper Crane - the rise and fall of a musical star
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Stage 1, penangpac
3H-3A-1, Quay One, Straits Quay
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
Tanjung Tokong, Penang

in aid of Penang Hospice Society
Ticket price: RM100
Enquiries: 04 228 4140

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Workshop on Basic Communication Skills

A one-day workshop on Basic Communication Skills
"Connecting & Communicating"
Wednesday 4 July 2012
Venue: Women's Centre for Change, 241 Jalan Burma, Penang

0830-0900  Registration
0900-0915  Welcome address
                   Communication and Care go-together
0915-1000  Ice-breakers - making contact activity
1000-1015  Tea 1015-1100  Reflection - your experience of communication
1100-1130  Identifying barriers to communication - activity
1130-1230  Empathizing and reflecting feelings - activity
1230-1330  Lunch
1330-1500  Identifying issues of concern and practicing skills learnt - activity
1500-1600  Summarizing & consolidating awareness and experience
1600-1630  Q & A and evaluation
1630-1700  Tea

Facilitator:  Ms Margarita Malayapillay
Till her retirement she was a registered school counsellor in St. Xavier's Institution Penang
President, Penang Association of Counselling & Psychology (PACP)
Member of the District Counsellors Board of School Counsellors
Member of the State Children's Welfare Committee
Advisor to the Children's Court

Note: Only for doctors, nurses and social workers. Seats are limited.

Organised by: Penang Hospice Society.
For further information, please call Ms Devi at 04-228 4140 or email to

Monday, May 21, 2012

Konvensyen Kaunseling

Konvensyen Kaunseling PERKAMA International Ke18
'Kaunseling Berkualiti Ke arah Kehidupan Berkualiti'
anjuran PERKAMA International
19 - 21 Jun 2012

di Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN), Cawangan Sabah

i.   Pendidik kaunselor institusi pengajian tinggi awam dan swasta
ii.  Kaunselor di agensi kerajaan, sektor swasta dan organisasi bukan kerajaan
iii. Pelajar kaunseling
iv. Pengamal kaunseling persendirian
v.  Lain-lain individu yang berminat

Ahli PERKAMA International: RM500
Bukan Ahli PERKAMA International: RM700
Pelajar: RM300 (Mesti kemukakan bukti tentang status pelajar)

Untuk Borang Pendaftaran dan maklumat lanjut, sila emel atau Pejabat  PERKAMA International, Tel : 03 87340735


Friday, April 20, 2012

FOBT screening for colorectal cancer

FOBT (Faecal Occult Blood test) - for Malaysians aged 50 and above residing in Penang.
Further info: Contact 04 228 4140 or attend the public talk at selected venue (please see the 'Notice Board').

Note:  Please note that the Pos Ekspres envelope can no more be used to send the kit. Please send it personally to NCSMPg's office at 250A Jalan Air Itam. Tel: 04 228 4140.[map]

Ujian saringan untuk kanser kolorektal

Kriteria: Rakyat Malaysia di Pulau Pinang yang berumur 50 dan ke atas.
Maklumat lanjut - sila hubungi 04 228 4140 atau hadiri ceramah berkenaan kanser kolorektal (sila lihat 'Notice Board')

Nota:  Sampul Pos Ekspres tidak lagi boleh digunakan untuk menghantar sampel (arahan Pos Malaysia). Kit perlu dihantar sendiri ke pejabat NCSMPg di 250A Jalan Air Itam, Tel: 04 228 4140. [peta lokasi]

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Walk for Life

Saturday 12 May 2012
Pusat Mahasiswa, USM Engineering Campus
Contact person: Danial Shafiq 012 235 7881, Hamdan Shaqirin 012 756 7759

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Public Talk on Colorectal Cancer

Saturday, 21 April 2012
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
3rd Floor Lecture Hall
Pantai Hospital, Penang
Tel: 04 639 6506

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Public Talk on Breast Cancer

Saturday, 14 April 2012
Venue: Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Penang, Jalan Gurdwara, Penang
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm - Talk on breast cancer
3.00 pm - 3.15 pm - Video on breast self-examination
3.15 pm - 4.00 pm - Demonstration breast self-examination (on model) by nurse.

Invitation to Relay Launch

Sunday 15 April 2012
5.30 pm @ Wawasan Open University [map]
Please RSVP by 12 April to 04-228 4140 or

Monday, February 27, 2012

Vacancy - Medical Social Worker in Singapore

Ain Society is looking for a Medical Social Worker who has the relevant social work qualifications and is experienced in the social work field preferably in the healthcare industry. The Medical Social Worker will be employed as a full-time staff of Ain Society.

Please email your detailed resume with photo to or send hard copy latest by 15 March 2012 to:
Human Resource, Ain Society
20 Joo Chiat Road #02-06
Singapore 427357
Tel: (65) 6342 4827

For more details on Ain Society, please visit their website at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Professional Development Workshop 3

Professional Development Workshop 3
'Re-visiting the First Session: six areas of exploration for individual, couple and family clinicians - and one for the second session!’
2 April 2012, 9am – 4pm
Disted College, Macalister Road, Penang
by Dr Barry Mason

Dr Mason is the Chair of the Advanced Programme in Family Therapy Supervision at the Institute of Family Therapy in London and also co-Director of the Doctoral Programme in Family Therapy in association with Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a former Director of the Institute. He has a private clinical practice and is a consultant in family therapy to a number of mental health clinics. He has published many articles in journals and is the author/co-editor of four books. He has a great deal of experience in doing therapy with adolescents and their parents and has also worked with adolescents when he was a teacher - his first qualification. Dr Mason has been a regular visitor to SE Asia in the last 15 years, mainly reaching in Singapore. This is his fourth seminar in Penang.

In this workshop Dr Barry Mason will discuss the areas to explore in the first session as part of the engagement process and the establishing of a mandate for work. He will will present each of the areas and how they are developed in the first and subsequent sessions. Each area will be illustrated with examples from his clinical practice and use will be made of cases from workshop participants.

The six areas are:
  • Exploring the relationship with help and the expectations of what kind of therapist/clinician they want.
  • Exploring and understanding the 'logic' of the presenting problem
  • Exploring family and cultural scripts/beliefs in coping with adversity/coping with difficult times in life
  • Patterns of giving and receiving feedback - the influence of family of origin and culture
  • Ascertaining and exploring the level of relational risk-taking (I will introduce three levels)
  • Exploring the clients' core beliefs (eg culture, religious) about how they should live their lives. "What are the stories/principles/beliefs about the right way to live your life that you have picked up from your family and cultural history."

These could be linked to specific examples presented by workshop participants who are working with families with oppositional teens - including one specific case to do in detail.

Please direct all registrations and payments or enquiries to:
Tel: 013-4334375 (Rita)


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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Professional Development Workshop 1 & 2

Friday, 9 March 2012
Venue: Disted College, Penang
Professional Development Workshop 1
Working with Grief – Theoretical Models and Clinical Practice
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Clinical Psychologist, Indepth Psychology, Sydney, Australia

Grief is the experience of an individual responding to the death of another person. It is a process of adjusting to loss, which can cause severe psychological distress. Many theoretical models have been proposed to describe, explain and provide guidance in working with grief. In recent decades, more contemporary models and formulation of grief have provided better guidelines for clinical work in the area. This seminar explores the various traditional and contemporary models of grief and also their applications in clinical work. It will discuss the important issues relating to the assessment and treatment of grief, and will include the presentation of a case study. The seminar is particularly suited for professionals working with individuals experiencing grief, including psychologists, counsellors, social workers and educators.

Speaker Profile
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist who has special interests working with adults experiencing grief and anxiety. He completed the Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science at The University of Sydney, where he was awarded the prestigious Australia Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize for excellence in clinical skills and research. Dr Gooi obtained specialised clinical training for grief at the Bereavement Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He has presented professional development courses and seminars both in Australia and abroad. Dr Gooi currently works in private practice in Sydney, Australia, and also has a role at The University of Sydney Counselling and Psychological Services developing mental health projects and intervention programs.

Professional Development Workshop 2
“Why won’t you just eat?!” - An Introduction to Eating Disorders and their Treatment
Dr Elizabeth Hall, Clinical Psychologist, Indepth Psychology, Sydney, Australia

Most clinicians find Eating Disorders difficult to treat, often experiencing frustration and uncertainty. Patients experience suffering, shame and despair, yet often remain trapped in the eating disorder, requiring significant support to defeat it. This seminar introduces the main presentations of eating disorders and outlines the current best treatment options, with consideration of how to implement these within the limitations of different treatment settings. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-E), a promising new outpatient treatment, will be described, and suggestions for further training and resources will be provided. The seminar is particularly suited for professionals working with patients with eating issues, including psychologists, counsellors, social workers and educators.

Speaker Profile
Dr Elizabeth Hall is a Clinical Psychologist with a particular interest in working with Eating Disorders. She completed the Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science at The University of Sydney, and worked at the Beumont Centre for Eating Disorders in Sydney, Australia, a specialised Eating Disorder unit comprised of internationally recognised leaders in the treatment and research of Eating Disorders. She has treated patients with Eating Disorders in a variety of settings including inpatient and day-patient hospital services, private practice, and university services. Dr Hall currently works at Indepth Psychology, a private practice in Sydney, Australia. She is also looking to start her role as Eating Disorders Coordinator for 2012 with an area health service in Sydney.

Please direct all registrations and payments or enquiries to:
Tel: 013-4334375 (Rita)

PDW 1&2
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Vacancy - Executive Director

The Penang Hospice Society requires a self motivated mature Malaysian to run its community programme for patients with advanced disease. This person will need to have tertiary education and have a minimum of three years experience in a managerial position and preferably some of that time spent working in charities.

Other advantages would be ability to lead and work independently, good interpersonal, organizational, fund raising skills and IT skills.

A good command of Bahasa Malaysia and English as well ability to drive will be essential.

Interested candidates who feel that they have the required knowledge, skills and experience and feel challenged to work for the common good in a community are invited to send a comprehensive resume together with a recent photograph and copies of supporting documents to:

Hon. Secretary
Penang Hospice Society
250 A Jalan Air Itam
10460 Penang


All applications will be treated in strict confidence.
Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Physical Activity - Get Active!

Get active, move your body: only 30 minutes of physical activity per day is necessary to reduce your risk of cancer. For school aged children/ teenagers at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended for noticeable health benefits.

A healthy diet and regular adequate physical activity are of major importance to maintain good health throughout life.

Unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity are risk factors in the development of a number of conditions such as hypertension, hyperglycaemia, abnormal blood lipids, and overweight/ obesity.

Preventing weight gain can greatly reduce the risk of many cancers. It is therefore recommended to establish a healthy eating habit and physical activity pattern early in life to prevent overweight and obesity.

Source: UICC WCD.
Click here for more info.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet and regular adequate physical activity are of major importance to preventing cancer and maintaining good health throughout life.

The World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) recommendations for Cancer Prevention include:
  • Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fibre, or high in fat)
  • Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, and pulses such as beans
  • Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats
  • If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium)
  • Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer
Special Population Recommendation
  • It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods.

Source: UICC WCD.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stop Smoking

Just Breathe: You can prevent cancer when you stop smoking, chewing and sniffing tobacco. Try to avoid exposure to passive smoke to further reduce your risk.  To learn more about tobacco use and passive smoke, click here to view the best prevention campaigns from around the globe.

Source: UICC WCD

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Counselling Course 2012 - Registration Form

Counselling RegForm 2012

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Counselling Course 2012

Tentative schedule.
Total Credit Hours: 34 hours
Course Work Requirements: 100%
2 tapes & transcript: 50% (best out of the two submitted)
Journal : 50% (to be submitted on day of examination)
A record of personal awareness and response to each session
Examination : 1 hour 30 mins
Section A: 30% - 30 compulsory multiple choice questions
Section B: 40 % - Counselling Theories & Counselling Skills
Structured/Essay Questions - To answer 2 out of 4 questions
Section C: 30%  - 1 tape & transcript of a complete interview illustrating all skills learnt within the context of a chosen counselling model to be submitted on the day of examination.
Minimum of 50% required for course work & 50% for examination to meet minimum course standards.
Attendance: 90% attendance required to meet certificate of attendance requirements.
Registration fee: RM250
For registration/enquiries, email Nor at

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hospice Bulletin January 2012

Bulletin Jan 2012

Note: All public talks are cancelled till further notice.

Breast Cancer Screening