Palliative Care in the Community:  Challenges, Experiences and Hopes

  • Honorable speakers and guests at the Palliative Care in the Community Symposium.

  • A fireside chat between honorable speakers from the University of Hong Kong and UChicago about the experience and training needed to become a future caregiver.

  • Carmen Lee from Tung Wah College gave a live demonstration and introduced the application of therapeutic harp music in palliative care.

  • A discussion around the issue of caregiver burnout and the integration of palliative care into community health centers.

  • Bryan Li, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, shared the experiences Hong Kong healthcare professionals face when providing palliative care.

  • The palliative care symposium has run for a second year at the UChicago Hong Kong Campus.

9:30 am–3:30 pm
The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong
168 Victoria Road, Mount Davis
Hong Kong

9:30am - Registration
10:00am - Start of Symposium


Symposium Summary:

The symposium "Palliative Care in the Community: Challenges, Experiences and Hopes" welcomed active discussion on the importance of community-based palliative care in different Chinese societies. The symposium covered topics around healthcare and beyond, with scholars and experts examining how to best deliver and promote palliative care in the local healthcare system. Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor Bryan Li from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Assistant Professor of Medicine Jonathan Lio from the University of Chicago and Assistant Professor Harry Wu from the University of Hong Kong were on hand to open the conference. The symposium kicked off with Dr. Bryan Li’s sharing on the importance of collaboration between medical professionals and social welfare professions. For new niches in palliative care, Senior Lecturer Carmen Lee from Tung Wah College gave a live harp performance and introduced the application of music therapy in palliative care. Concluding the event was Assistant Professor of Medicine Sandy Tun from the University of Chicago, who examined the new challenges the "Silver Tsunami" would bring to the society, as well as Dr. Harry Wu, who explained how HKU’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Programme (MBBS) trains talents for the palliative industry.

About the Symposium:

In Asia’s metropoles, such as Hong Kong, hospitals are developed as nodes of modern medicine, resulting in lack of primary care. Most general physicians deal with incidental illnesses without being able to offer continuous care. In the case of palliative care, patients of advanced stage illnesses are often cared by hospital teams. These teams often have to stretch their care capacity by providing home care nursing services. However, due to limited resources, such care still appears to be ad hoc and discrepant. Community based palliative care providers, instead, play an important role in providing practical assistance for patients in the community. While managing residential homes or care homes, these non-government organizations work hard to promote public awareness and recognition of palliative care. In this symposium, we bring cross-disciplinary experts in the field with international scopes and local experiences to discuss the challenges and opportunities of community-based palliative care in different Chinese societies.



  • Theresa Lai (Jockey Club Home for Hospice)
  • Carmen Lee (Tung Wah College)
  • Joseph Lo (Jockey Club Academy for Community Rehabilitation)
  • Sonia Oyola, MD (The University of Chicago)
  • Priscilla Song (The University of Hong Kong)
  • Sandy Tun, MD (The University of Chicago)
  • Venus Wong (The University of Hong Kong)
  • Celia Yiu (Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care / The Chinese University of Hong Kong)