Two new sessions will debut at the 16th Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress (SHBC 2018) to be held from 25–27 October 2018 at MAX Atria, Singapore EXPO.

Apart from invited speakers from the UK and Australia, 18 specialty and non-specialty tracks, SHBC 2018 will introduce the Sexual Health Symposium and the Track on Patient-Centred Care Models, Empowerment and Practice.

“When previously not a comfortable topic, it has risen to a point whereby the modern society can no longer downplay its significance,” said SHBC 2018 organizing chair Dr Martin Chio.

Dr Martin Chio

“We will be addressing key concerns on sexual health, and I encourage all to attend this session to better understand the multidisciplinary care that is required to better manage the challenges faced like increasing incidence of bacterial STIs and antibiotic resistance,” he noted.

This year’s theme is “Back to Basics: Adding Years of Healthy Life,” which “celebrates the progress we have made so far [and] serves as a reminder to realign our future goals for the continual improvement of healthcare access and delivery, while never losing sight of the foundation and goal of how NHG began.”

SHBC 2018 is presented by the National Healthcare Group, with a vision to go “beyond merely healing the sick to the more difficult and infinitely more rewarding task of preventing illness and preserving health and quality of life.”

For this year, the Congress aims to gather healthcare professionals to further improve current healthcare systems and rise to the challenges and needs of the population.

“Put together by a committee [that] has analysed current local and global healthcare trends, I am confident that the exciting line-up of distinguished expert speakers and topics will benefit our delegates greatly,” Chio said.

“Ultimately, every SHBC 2018 delegate will receive key takeaways from the Congress and hopefully be able to apply it to their daily practice to benefit the population and patients whom we serve,” he added.

SHBC 2018 is expected to welcome 4,000 delegates from the Asia Pacific and other regions, including Australia, Japan, Korea, Russia, US, Switzerland, and the UK. Last year, a total of 3,500 delegates attended the event.

Also, for the first time, this year’s Congress will expand its programme to 3 days to cater to the demand for more quality tracks, such as Population Health, Mental Health, Diabetes, Preventive Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Rehabilitation. This year’s SHBC 2018 Scientific Competition saw a total of 638 abstracts submitted, further establishing itself as the most prestigious scientific competition in Singapore.

Apart from the tracks, the Congress will also deliver an exhibition, featuring exhibitors from various disciplines and cutting-edge products, technology, and services.

“Being the largest medical congress in Singapore speaks volumes of the confidence and trust put in us by healthcare professionals who have been with us throughout the years. This year’s line-up of distinguished speakers and tracks is a testament to the extent of details and special care made to bring you a specially put together programme,” Chio said.

MIMS is an official media partner for SHBC 2018.