Annual Report of Neurology Specialty Group 2010

Mr. Raymond Lo

Neuro-rehabilitation is an Art and Science. Based on the continuous observation and understanding of the complex neurology, different neuro-rehabilitation approaches or evidence based practices are evolved. However, the essence of the success of neuro-rehabilitation is still relying on the complex neurology system of the Physiotherapists to integrate all the available knowledge and execute them through their “Healing Hand” and “Caring Heart”.  The development of “Physiotherapist specialist in Neurology” can enhance the advancement of physiotherapy in the neurology field. The Hong Kong College of Physiotherapy (HKCOP) is taking a leading step in promoting the specialization of Hong Kong Physiotherapist. Members are encouraged to seek information from the HKCOP and gain the accreditation of your professional competency in the field of neuro-rehabilitation.

In the past year, 4 workshops (Table 1) with a focused theme on the Rehabilitation for the Upper Limb function were organized. Experienced clinicians and academic physiotherapists were invited to conduct these workshops. The feedback from the participants were really encouraging and we will consider organizing it again in the coming year.

We are now working closely with our community partners in the preparation of a large scale public exhibilitation to promote the public knowledge in the complex neurological system and promoting healthy life style especially “Brain Health”. You will be updated when the finalized details are available.

  

NSG belongs to YOU, thus we need your valuable support. Please show your support by joining our functions.  We treasure your suggestions.  You can send your suggestions to us at any time. (E mail: nsg_hkpa@hongkongpa.com)

Once again, I would like to thank all the Executive committee members of the NSG for their commitment and enthusiasm in making NSG to serve our members in the best way. 

Date Topic Speakers
5 December 2009 Rehabilitation of UL Function – Bobath Approach Dr Rosanna Chau, PT, KH (Bobath Instructor)
9 January 2010 Rehabilitation of UL Function – PNF Approach Mr Wingson Chan, PT, QEH (PNF assistant instructor)
16 January 2010 Rehabilitation of UL Function – Constraint-Induced Therapy Ms Eva Chung & Ms Emily Ko, PT, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
30 January 2010 Evaluation of Upper Limb Functional Ability Dr. Stephanie Au-Yeung, PT, Assistant Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Annual Report of Neurology Specialty Group 2008

Mr. Raymond Lo

Year 2008 is a year full of memorable moments. It is the year of Olympic Games and it is also the year for Beijing and Hong Kong to hold the FIRST Olympic Games in China. It is also a year full of enjoyment for the executive committee to serve all our NSG members.  The Policy Address of Chief Executive had mentioned the development of a centre of excellence in neuro-science.  We are so excited that the neurology specialty had gained the recognition of the Government.  We really hope this Neuro-science centre can be opened as soon as possible.

With the mission of promoting life style modification to prevent the occurrence of neurological diseases, we had provided support for the Braincare Link (腦友心) Carnival街坊腦友同樂將軍澳that was held in Tseung Kwan O on 6 January 2008.  We hope the NSG “動腦強身基本法“ exercise program can be publicized to the whole territory to benefit all Hong Kong citizens.  We had revised the pamphlet to provide a better layout to facilitate the public to follow.  NSG members are welcome to use this exercise program for health promotion.

Dr Margaret Mak had conducted a Workshop “Update on Physiotherapy Management of People with Parkinson’s Disease” for us on 19 July 2008. Dr Mak had updated the participants the latest research findings and their application in the physiotherapy management of Parkinson’s Disease like audio-visual cues and other treatment strategies.  All the participants were having a fruitful day and eager to put their new strategies into practice.

We are also going to hold a Clinical Sharing on the “Management of Upper Limb function on the neurological patients” in October. We hope this sharing can stimulate our NSG members to pay more emphasize on the rehabilitation of Upper Limb for neurological patients.  The Biannual General Meeting (BGM) and election of New Executive Committee will also be held in October. Do come to BGM and the Clinical Sharing to show your support to us!!

Finally, I would like to thank all the Executive committee members of the NSG for their commitment and enthusiasm in making NSG to serve our members in the best way.

 

 

Annual Report of Neurology Specialty Group 2007

Mr. Raymond Lo

Neurology Specialty Group (NSG) had organized a Basic Bobath Course in year 2007.  This was the FIRST basic Bobath Course led by the Ms. Rosanna Chau who is the FIRST Chinese Bobath Course Tutor in China. In addition, we also had Ms. Patty Shelley, Senior Bobath Tutor, to conduct the course jointly.  This Basic Bobath Course was the most challenging we encountered in the past 10 years. Starting from preparation work, application process and the running of the course, we had faced tremendous unforeseeable challenges. The escalating cost, lacking of venue, inadequate of participants were just some of the challenges we handled. All these challenges exhausted every member of the Executive members for the whole year.  Under the determination and cohesiveness of all of us, the Basic Bobath Course was finally successfully held and benefited the profession.

 

On 8 September, NSG had taken an active part in the PT Carnival Day of the HKPA.  We had held a game booth named 健康之路.  The theme of the game booth was to promote the importance of a healthy life style like regular physical exercise, risk factors control, so as to reduce the incidence of common neurological disease like stroke.  We also had a stage performance on our “動腦強身基本法. The importance of brain exercises was re emphasized to the public with the excellent demonstration by the Physiotherapy students. We were confident that our mission to educate the public on the neurological diseases prevention was successes and would be a continuing task.

 

The Hong Kong College of Physiotherapy was founded to establish a specialist accreditation system for Hong Kong physiotherapists.  There are 4 Founding Fellows with specialization in neurology field out of the 13 Founding Fellows of the College.  We strongly hope that this shows a good example and starting point for our members in seeking specialization in this challenging field. We do hope all of you can share the same goal in professional development.

The Executive Committee would like to thank the support and encouragement of all the members and we are looking for your continuing support and suggestions in the coming year.

Annual Report of Neurology Specialty Group 2004 to 2005

Mr. Raymond Lo

Last year was a very difficult but fruitful year of NSG. Based on the members’ demand, we organized the Basic and Advanced Bobath Courses.   However, the courses needed to be postponed due to uncontrollable reasons at the very last moment.  This sudden change brought extreme and extra workload to the executive committee who is working on a volunteer basis.  After long and difficult liaison and rearrangement, the courses were finally put in reality in January and April 2005.  The courses were well conducted by Mrs. Patty Shelley (Senior Bobath Instructor) and Ms. Heather Bright (Advanced Bobath Instructor) from IBITAH with assistance from Bobath Tutor Candidates, Rosanna Chau (HKSAR). 

The first PNF Level 3 Course was enthusiastically participated by physiotherapy clinicians in December 2004.  We had Mr. Dominiek Beckers, Senior Instructor IPNFA from Belgium assisted by Mr. Dimon Lau and Ms. Candace Wong (Assistant Instructors) throughout the course.  This course is the corner stone for our members interested in PNF to gain higher qualification. Very favorable feedback has been received and we are going to have the PNF Basic Course in this winter.

NSG together with the physiotherapy students of “Physio Concern” delivered a presentation with the theme “exercise for neurological clients” during the Brain Awareness Week in March 2005.  During this activity, we enforced the public and the medical professions an important message – “Physiotherapists lead exercise is important and essential for the neurological impaired clients in view of promoting the healthy life style and rehabilitation”.  We also designed an education pamphlet “動腦強身基本法” for this event. The public welcomed this exercise pamphlet very much.  The exercises were reported and promoted by the media like newspaper (MingPao 21 April 2005) and local television program (TVB “快樂長門人” ). Members can access the “動腦強身基本法” by visiting our web page.

Fortunately, we are getting a great harvest after this difficult year.  Ms. Rosanna Chau, our executive member, has overcome numerous challenges for the past 10 years on her road to be a Bobath Instructor.  She is now qualified by the IBITAH as the FIRST CHINESE Bobath Instructor of IBITAH in China.  We are proud of her and we are sure that the work of promoting neurological rehabilitation in Hong Kong has made a great leap with her expertise and contribution.

2005 is also the year of Biannual General Meeting, the current executive committee is going to step down. Your participation and vote is needed for the new executive committee to serve you in developing evidence-based practice in neurological rehabilitation for enhancing skill and knowledge in this interesting field.

We cannot achieve our goal without your support.  So, please join the executive committee and attend the Biannual General Meeting.  Your suggestions are always welcome by e-mail to nsig@hongkongpa.com.hk

Table 1:   The structure of the NSG executive committee (2003-2005):

 

  Post   Name

Chairperson

Mr. Raymond W. M. Lo

Treasurer

Ms. Eva P. K. Chung

Secretary

Ms. Mary C. K. Lau

Education development officer

Ms. Rosanna M. W. Chau

    Ms. Elaine S. L. Chow
    Mr. Jack W. Y. Ling
    Ms. Kedy Lee

Research development officer

Ms. Stephanie S. Y. Au -Yeung

    Ms. Emily Ko
    Ms. Ellen M. L. Ip
    Dr. Margaret K. Y. Mak