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.
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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