Over 300 volunteers completed the Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programme and are ready to serve the community.
Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong (right) presents a souvenir to the Head of Charities (Grant Making – Youth, Education & Training, Poverty) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Ms Winnie Ying to thank The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for supporting the Programme.
Volunteer participants share their views and experiences of the Programme.
Health-related game booths and exhibition, as well as free health check counters are set up to promote healthy lifestyle and general health awareness among the general public.
Over 300 community health volunteers successfully completed the Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programme at The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) this year and delightfully received the graduation certificate at the 4th Graduation Ceremony held last Saturday (21 July).
The "Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programme" is a major part of the "Jockey Club Community Healthcare Education Programme", which was launched by OUHK in 2013 with the generous support and funding from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The programme offers free healthcare training to individuals who are interested and willing to take part in voluntary community healthcare services. The volunteers will be prepared to provide supportive care to the elderly and those with chronic diseases in their community after receiving training on essential healthcare skills and knowledge.
Officiating at the Graduation Ceremony were the Head of Charities (Grant Making – Youth, Education & Training, Poverty) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Ms Winnie Ying and President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong.
Speaking at the Ceremony, Prof. Wong expressed his deepest gratitude to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for its enormous support in promoting community healthcare education. "With the generous funding from The Trust, over 1,000 volunteers have already completed the training at the OUHK, and reached out to the community to provide much needed care and support to those in need. It is encouraging to see that the volunteer base is growing every year with a wider age distribution," he said.
Ms Winnie Ying noted that the OUHK had been dedicated to healthcare education and support for the community in order to meet society's demand for medical and healthcare services. The Jockey Club had been offering support to the OUHK for 25 years and in 2017 approved funding of HK$280 million for the construction of the Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare. "I am very pleased to attend the graduation ceremony of the Jockey Club Home Health Watch Education Programme and would like to congratulate more than 300 volunteers who have completed the nine-month training, helping to provide community support and healthcare services for the elderly and patients with chronic disease," she said.
Apart from presenting certificates to the community health volunteers and celebrating their achievement, some of the participants also shared what they have learnt and gained from the programme. The annual Community Healthcare Day was held on the same day to promote healthy lifestyle and general health awareness among the public. The event featured an exhibition on useful health information, a wide array of health-related game booths, and free basic health assessment counters. All of the activities were designed and hosted by the nursing students of the OUHK.
In addition to the free "Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programme", two part-time academic programmes are also offered to those who are interested to pursue a career in this area under the Jockey Club Community Healthcare Education Programme. They are the 30-credit Certificate Programme in Health Studies (Community Health Care) and the 60-credit Diploma Programme in Health Studies (Community Health Care). Scholarships will be provided to students with financial needs to alleviate their financial burden.
About the OUHK:
Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers about 220 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,500 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.
OUHK comprises five Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) provides lifelong learning opportunities by offering full-time sub-degree programmes, community learning and professional programmes.
OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk.