Mr Amrin Amin
Amrin Amin is Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs. He has been a Member of Parliament representing Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (Woodlands) since 2015. Prior to political office, he was a corporate lawyer at Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Amrin read law at National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Columbia University in New York (Master of Laws (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)).
Dr Catherine Donnelly
Catherine Donnelly is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Her clinical research is focused on team-based primary care with an emphasis on understanding how interprofessional primary care teams can support older adults and individuals with chronic conditions. Catherine’s educational research is focused on interdisciplinary education, online learning and the integration of theory to practice. Research interests also include: program evaluation and knowledge translation. Catherine’s clinical interest is in team-based primary care and she works 1 day/week at the Queen’s Family Health Team.
Dr Fiona Graham
Senior Lecturer, Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit, University of Otago
Fiona Graham is a Senior lecturer at the University of Otago who teaches postgraduate interprofessional rehabilitation, and an occupational therapist who works with children and families in her private practice. She has over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in private, health and education sectors, as well as several areas of adult disability. She also holds an adjunct appointment with the University of Sunshine Coast and University of Ottawa. Occupational Performance Coaching emerged from Fiona’s doctoral studies at the University of Queensland examining the effectiveness of coaching parents of children facing occupational performance challenges. She was awarded the 2011 Medical Staffing International / NZAOT Occupational Therapy Achievement Award for her development of the Occupational Performance Coaching intervention. She has since written multiple book chapters on Occupational Performance Coaching and has published widely in both referred and non-referred journals. Fiona is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. She is involved in several international collaborations including a partnership with Jefferson University to examine the Intervention Fidelity of Occupational Performance Coaching, exploration of collaborative learning models in early intervention in India and remote wheelchair and seating assessment (Ireland).
Ms Koh Hwan Jing
Manager, ADA Resource and Training Centre
Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Singapore
Hwan Jing is currently the Manager at the Alzheimer’s Disease Association Resource and Training Centre, facilitating in-house and public training programmes for professional and family caregivers of people with dementia, as well as consultancy services for agencies supporting people with dementia. As trainer and consultant in the field of dementia care, she has developed an interest in designing and implementing Person-Centred Dementia Care training, and embedding Dementia Care Mapping in service evaluation and research. Hwan Jing has served as a member of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Dementia Care Taskforce and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Dementia Nursing Home Design Resource Panel.
Ms Carmel Tso
Principal Occupational Therapist
Institute of Mental Health
Carmel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 and has acquired clinical experience in various settings including general acute hospital, rehabilitation and community settings in Singapore and USA. She has worked in the field of Geriatric Psychiatry at IMH over the past 8 years, with caseload ranging from outpatient services, acute care and long stay. This has allowed her to be involved in designing the dementia friendly ward and running workshops for care providers on creating activities and supportive environments for older adults with mental health issues and dementia. She believes that occupational therapy plays a vital role in dementia care, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science (Dementia Studies) from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.
Ms Bonnie Liu Wing Tak
Senior Occupational Therapist
Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Singapore
Bonnie has been practicing in various mental health settings in Singapore and Hong Kong since completing her Diploma in Occupational Therapy from the Nanyang Polytechnic in 2006. She was recently awarded a Master of Science in Mental Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Bonnie has developed specific interests in adult and geriatric mental health over the past 10 years. She is actively involved in community dementia care, working with persons with dementia with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), and providing training and support for caregivers. Her latest research involved a study on the attitude, self-efficacy, and general well-being of professional caregivers, caring for persons with dementia and their family caregivers, in Singapore.
Mr Mohamad Nizar Bin Zainal
Quality and Standards Committee
Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists
Mohamad Nizar graduated as an occupational therapist from Nanyang Polytechnic in 2007. He has a keen passion for community-based care, and spent his budding years as a clinician in a voluntary welfare organisation serving adults with physical disabilities. He has contributed the past 6 years to educating students in the Diploma in Occupational Therapy at his alma mater. He also recently completed the European Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, where he had the opportunity to visit and study with faculty members in 5 European universities, including the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Mr Mohamad Nizar was appointed as a Council Member in the Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists in 2015. As part of the Quality and Standards Committee, he volunteered to assist with the development of the practice guidelines for Powered Mobility Aids, as he recognised the timeliness of such an effort in light of the changing healthcare trends in Singapore.
Dr Elaine Tan
Ministry of Health, Singapore
Elaine is a Family Physician by training and has spent her career in the public healthcare sector. She has been with the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics since clustering in 2000, serving as Head of Hougang Polyclinic from 2000-2004, and subsequently clinical administrative roles including strategic development of team-based care for chronic diseases. She has worked very closely with Nursing and Allied health teams, precepting primary care’s first Advanced Practice Nurse trainee and developing APN chronic disease management and women’s health specialty tracks with Nursing in 2007. She also partnered pharmacy to help develop Clinical pharmacist roles in primary care, and headed the Collaborative Care Department overseeing allied health service development from 2012 to 2014.
Seconded to MOH since 2014, Elaine retains a ground perspective and is focused on implementation of Primary care transformation, and the supporting structures to enable this vision for the sector.
Dr Suvi Pitkola
Suvi is an occupational therapist with a Masters degree in counseling and a Doctoral degree in music therapy (University of Melbourne, 2016). Originally from Finland, Suvi has lived in Singapore since 1996. She has worked in governmental (IMH, CGC) and private settings, offering both inpatient and outpatient OT services. She is the co-founder and director of Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre (founded in 1999) that provides individual and group therapy services for children by a multidisciplinary team. Currently she dedicates most of her time to her early intervention centre cum DIR-Floortime preschool, Mighty Oaks, focusing on children with developmental disorders below the age of 6. Suvi has a special interest in social engagement and interaction, and how various sensory-based techniques (music, sound therapy, sensory integration methods) can be used to facilitate these abilities. Her thinking is strongly influenced by developmental theories and relationship-based approaches. She has advanced certification in DIR-Floortime (Fellows Certificate by Profectum Academy, 2017).
Mrs Koh Soek Ying
Mother of 4
Co-Founder/Director, Mustard Tree.com.sg Pte Ltd
After 16 years in the telecommunications industry doing finance, business analysis and marketing, Soek Ying decided to devote more time to her family, especially her second son, Ryan, who is on the spectrum. To equip herself, she attended numerous workshops on ABA, Sensory Integration and Jin Shin Jyutsu. She also started to share her journey with her son on Facebook, which has since garnered more than 2000 followers. After Ryan aged out of the SPED school system at 18 in 2014, with no alternative engagement, she decided to train and develop his skill in craft work, and helping him to sell his products online. Inspired by the success of Ryan’s work, Soek Ying and her husband decided to setup Mustard Tree.com.sg in 2015, to train and empower special needs youths with industry level skills so that they can lead a life of dignity as an employee or be an entrepreneur. It also aims to champion and advocate the needs of PWD. To date, Mustard Tree has successfully trained 9 students at Grace Orchard School in floral bouquet arrangement and 6 PWD under a similar program supported by SG Enable. They are currently working with 12 young adults at Eden Centre For Adults, training them in similar floral and craft skills. Since Dec 2016, she has also setup a retail store at Ng Teng Fong Hospital, selling crafts by Ryan and other PWD. Weekly craft classes are also conducted on-site by volunteer teachers to a group of 4-5 students with special needs. She firmly believes that each special child has his/her own God given talent, the excitement is in discovering these unpolished gems, equip them and let their shine.
Ms Low Soon Peng
Soon Peng spent more than 20 years working full-time in the Administration field in medium and large establishments before she took on the job of full-time parenting of her parent.
Soon Peng’s mother was recently diagnosed with early dementia following a fall and head injury, precipitated by stroke. The only daughter, eldest in the family and single, managing her mother’s well-being fell onto her shoulders by default. She will share insights on her initiation into the role of caregiver and the unexpected journey that has only just begun to unfold.