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The MIMS Interviews channel features stories and insights shared by industry experts. Read on to learn how these healthcare professionals weigh in on some of the most pressing issues in the field of medicine.
3 Questions: Dr Eliza Cheung on providing urgent psychosocial support to refugees in Bangladesh
3 Questions: Dr Eliza Cheung on providing urgent psychosocial support to refugees in Bangladesh
In this ‘3 Questions’ interview series, we speak to Dr Eliza Cheung, clinical psychologist of Hong Kong Red Cross, who has been deployed to Bangladesh in September to provide psychosocial and emotional support to people in Bangladesh.
Left outside alone: The sorry state of mental illness among the homeless in Hong Kong
Left outside alone: The sorry state of mental illness among the homeless in Hong Kong
Psychiatrist Dr Larina Chi-lap Yim has been working hand-in-hand with social workers and NGOs to identify homeless individuals with mental illnesses in Hong Kong and help them access mental health services. In this exclusive interview, Yim shares her stories of looking for the neglected population in the city and the challenges in treating mental illnesses among homeless individuals in Hong Kong.
In conversation: Filipino Nurses Association of New Zealand President Monina Hernandez on advocating for community health and Filipino nurses’ rights
Interview with FNANZ President Monina Hernandez
We recently spoke with Monina Hernandez, MNurs (Hons), PGDipHSc, PGCertTT, RN, RM, to learn about her growth as a healthcare worker—from her humble beginnings advocating for community health in the Philippines, to becoming a successful author and nurse-academician in New Zealand.
MPS President: “Stop using pharmacists as the “punching bag”; urges dispensing separation to be implemented
MPS President: “Stop using pharmacists as the “punching bag”; urges dispensing separation to be implemented
Two weeks ago, there were news reported on Malaysian GPs expressing their views pertinent to pharmacies “taking business away” from their clinics – further iterating many pharmacies are now “assuming the jobs of doctors” by diagnosing patients. In an upclose-and-personal interview with Tn Haji Amrahi Buang, President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), we hear the other side of the story to the constant debate on “dispensing rights”—as we discuss the Pharmacy Bill and the urgency to fix the national healthcare system—to provide better services, geared towards a healthy society and community.
More than just manpower shortage: Why does Hospital Authority fail to address overburden over the years?
More than just manpower shortage: Why does Hospital Authority fail to address overburden over the years?
In this exclusive interview, MIMS sits down with Dr Pierre Chan, a member of the Legislative Council (LegCo) representing the medical sector, to uncover the root causes of the recurring issue of overburden in public hospitals.
Apoteker spesialis: Apakah diperlukan?
Apoteker spesialis: Apakah diperlukan?
Pada media sosial seperti facebook, seringkali terdapat banyak keluhan, umpatan, dan pendapat para sejawat tentang praktek profesi apoteker di tanah air.  Selain itu, Kementerian Kesehatan Indonesia (Kemenkes) juga mengakui bahwa distribusi apoteker di Indonesia masih belum merata, terutama di daerah terpencil. 
SHBC 2017: Achieving a sustainable, value-based healthcare system in Singapore
SHBC 2017: Achieving a sustainable, value-based healthcare system in Singapore
Now on its 15th year, the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress is back with the theme “Transforming our Health Ecosystem,” which aims to inspire all healthcare professionals to transform Singapore’s healthcare system to meet the evolving needs of the population.
From the public to the healthcare community: Addressing the shortage of psychiatrists in Malaysia
From the public to the healthcare community: Addressing the shortage of psychiatrists in Malaysia
Recently, the Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council of Malaysia has urged the government to provide more registered psychiatrists, to cater to the needs both in public and private healthcare in the country. Consequently, this also highlighted the lack of focus on the mental health of the public – especially the younger generation. MIMS sits down with two prolific psychiatrists, to seek their professional views on this matter.
Support, upgrade and equalise: Nursing experts call for healthcare transformation
Support, upgrade and equalise: Nursing experts call for healthcare transformation
From discussing nursing education to work-life balance to gender bias, local nursing experts share their take on the country’s nursing scene in this exclusive interview with MIMS.
Specialist Spotlight: Emergency Physicians
Specialist Spotlight: Emergency Physicians
Emergency medicine (EM) is a fast-paced, team-oriented specialty that could create a tremendous impact on patients. EM doctors are experts on diagnosing and managing the acute, undifferentiated patients. In this issue of Specialist Spotlight, we scooch over for a chat with our next guest, Dr Alzamani Mohammad Idrose. A Consultant Emergency Physician and Disaster Medicine Specialist at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Dr Alzamani—or fondly known as Dr Alza among his patients and colleagues—fills us in on the type of challenges his job as an emergency physician entails – and what keeps him going in this field.
In conversation: Geriatrician Dr Carol Tan speaks about the dangers of polypharmacy in elderly patients
In conversation: Geriatrician Dr Carol Tan speaks about the dangers of polypharmacy in elderly patients
Geriatrician at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Dr Carol Tan, notes that elderly patients are particularly susceptible to polypharmacy issues not only because ageing affects how their body handles medications, but because they take more medications than younger patients.
Dr Meredith Garcia-Trinidad on the role oncologists play in a cancer patient’s treatment journey
In Conversation: Dr Meredith Garcia-Trinidad on the role oncologists play in a cancer patient’s treatment journey
MIMS recently spoke with Dr Meredith Garcia-Trinidad, consultant medical oncologist, and Faculty Member at the Lyceum-Northwestern University, Dagupan, to discuss some of the key roles that medical oncologists play in guiding their patients through their cancer treatment journey.
Will BMA’s proposal to “decriminalise abortion-on-demand” go through; how will it affect Malaysian laws?
Will BMA’s proposal to “decriminalise abortion-on-demand” go through; how will it affect Malaysian laws?
The British Medical Association (BMA) has proposed for the complete decriminalisation of abortion – and for women to have access to terminations on demand. While this has clearly sparked a heated debate among the British medical community, we wanted to find out if the law could translate over ̶ would the proposed changes be accepted by the British government, ultimately. We spoke with a few medical and legal experts, to get their views about this matter.
“Drop Out Club”: Explore the alternatives – Part Two
“Drop Out Club”: Explore the alternatives – Part Two
Drop Out Club (DOC) has offered over 37,000 healthcare professionals from numerous countries a solution after having left their conventional careers. A representative from the organisation itself, Heather Clisby, shares a little about DOC’s background and what’s in the pipeline for the organisation with MIMS in this exclusive two-part interview.
“Drop Out Club”: Explore the alternatives – Part One
“Drop Out Club”: Explore the alternatives – Part One
Drop Out Club (DOC) has offered over 37,000 healthcare professionals from numerous countries a solution after having left their conventional careers. A representative from the organisation itself, Heather Clisby, shares a little about DOC’s background and what’s in the pipeline for the organisation with MIMS in this exclusive two-part interview.
Director of CUHK’s Nethersole School of Nursing shares her take on manpower and maximising the role of nurses in Hong Kong
Director of CUHK’s Nethersole School of Nursing shares her take on manpower and maximising the role of nurses in Hong Kong
In June 2017, the government released its long-awaited Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning & Professional Development report. According to the report’s best guestimate, there will be a shortage of 1,669 general nurses by year 2030. In this exclusive interview, Professor Sek-Ying Chair, Director of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)’s Nethersole School of Nursing (No. 1 School of Nursing in Hong Kong), sits down with MIMS for an in-depth discussion on the manpower issue—and her insights into alternatives to maximise the role of nurses in the city.
In conversation: Dr Nieh Chih Chiang discusses some common health risks of frequent travelling
In conversation: Dr Nieh Chih Chiang discusses some common health risks of frequent travelling
Dr Nieh Chih Chiang, part-time tutor at National University of Singapore and instructor for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), shared some of the most common travel-related diseases one may be infected of.
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