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    11/03/2024

    According to the Hospital Authority, in 2021, there were about 270,000 patients with mental illness receiving treatment under their care in Hong Kong, with approximately 370 psychiatrists available. The ratio of mental health patients to psychiatrists in Hong Kong has long been below the World Health Organization's recommendation of at least one psychiatrist per 10,000 people. The shortage of medical staff leads to long waiting times for patients. In June 2023, the government proposed ten measures to strengthen mental health support. These include optimizing the ratio of case managers to patients with severe mental illnesses to no more than 1:40, prescribing newer medications with fewer side effects, reviewing the “conditional discharge” mechanism, and exploring the feasibility of “Compulsory Treatment Order”. However, some scholars point out that the fundamental issue is the shortage of medical staff. The question remains: how can mental health services be optimized for the greatest benefit of the patients?


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    • Flag Day Fundraising

      Flag Day Fundraising

      Flag selling is a vital source of donations for many non-profit organizations. However, for smaller entities, organizing such events is far from simple. It often requires the recruitment of hundreds of volunteers and the allocation of significant manpower and resources to coordinate various arrangements. Additionally, meeting the Social Welfare Department's "net income target" adds pressure, with some organization heads admitting that nearly all their manpower is devoted to preparing for flag sales a month in advance, impacting other services and presenting a dilemma. In recent years, the introduction of electronic flag selling has emerged as a potential solution to enhance fundraising effectiveness.

      24/06/2024
    • Beyond Limits: Athletes without Boundaries

      Beyond Limits: Athletes without Boundaries

      For many young para athletes, the Asian Para Games is an opportunity to step onto the world stage. The Games has also drawn public attention to para sports. Hong Kong athletes with disabilities have consistently maintained a leading position on the global sports arena. Since 1972, they have won over a hundred Paralympic medals, achieving remarkable results. However, for them, does the outstanding performance of their predecessors become an invisible pressure? Para sports are increasingly valued worldwide, so what are the differences that the new generation of para athletes face compared to the previous generation in the sports world?

      17/06/2024
    • The Most Precious Gift

      The Most Precious Gift

      In recent years, the number of patients waiting for organ transplants has increased. In fact, even if citizens have registered their willingness to donate organs, family members still have the right to make the final decision, resulting in few successful matches each year. There are suggestions to change the current "voluntary donation" mechanism to a "presumed consent donation" (opt-out) system. Is this mechanism suitable for implementation in Hong Kong? What is daily life like for patients waiting for a suitable organ? And what kind of support is needed for patients fortunate enough to receive an organ donation on their path to recovery?

      10/06/2024
    • Breaking Barriers: Accessible Sports for All

      Breaking Barriers: Accessible Sports for All

      Barrier-free facilities provide greater accessibility for people with disabilities. However, besides the basic facilities, can the government and society offer additional recreation and leisure opportunities to them? In recent years, the government has actively promoted sports for people with disabilities and implemented the Elite Training Programme for Athletes with Disabilities. Nevertheless, do individuals with disabilities generally have sufficient opportunities to engage in sports? Due to the lack of exercise options for individuals with physical disabilities, some scholars have developed an adapted physical activity called sitting light volleyball. How can such exercise contribute to the physical and mental well-being of people with disabilities? Even though there are organisations for people with disabilities that provide well-equipped camping and sports facilities, why is the utilization rate so low? What actions can we take to encourage people with disabilities to actively participate in recreational and sporting activities?

      03/06/2024
    • Night Vibes

      Night Vibes

      The government is promoting ‘Night Vibes Hong Kong’ to boost the economy. Now Temple Street is the new Tai Tat Tei. However, our renowned night life has not been able to return to normal after the pandemic. The biggest allure of night markets lies in their offering the most authentic and locally infused culinary and cultural experiences, such as street performances, in just one night. It exemplifies Hong Kong’s authentic local culture, yet, reviving night markets is no easy feat. What are the views of the people? What measures does the government have in mind to truly make Hong Kong ‘Night Vibes’?

      27/05/2024
    • Whose Beloved Pet

      Whose Beloved Pet

      According to the Census and Statistics Department's 2018 survey on pets in Hong Kong, over 240,000 households own cats or dogs, accounting for about 9% of all households, with a total of approximately 400,000 cats and dogs being kept. However, the proportion of dogs and cats adopted has not exceeded 20%, indicating that the advocacy for "adopt, don't shop" still needs to gain deeper public acceptance. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and numerous animal protection organizations have been capturing or receiving many stray or abandoned cats and dogs and have been working hard to find suitable adoptive families for them. But why haven't adoption numbers increased? What happens to the cats and dogs that aren't successfully adopted? And what does the public think about adopting animals?

      20/05/2024
    • Gaming Disorder

      Gaming Disorder

      During the epidemic, many physical education classes were offered online. With more screen time, some students become addicted to the internet. More than 2,700 students were interviewed for a recent survey, and about 30% had played computer games continuously for longer than 5 hours (daily). The most serious case involved 90 consecutive hours of playing. The survey also revealed that most students interviewed self-assessed their emotional state as relatively negative, with 50% believing they suffer from moderate to very severe depression and anxiety symptoms. In 2018, the World Health Organization classified gaming addiction as a mental health disorder. What are the effects of Internet and video game addiction on sufferers? What can be done to assist them in regaining their normal pace of life?

      13/05/2024
    • The Worth of Being

      The Worth of Being

      Research estimates that in 2022, Hong Kong had a total of 1,064 suicide cases, equating to 14.5 suicides per 100,000 people, with an average of about 2.92 people committing suicide daily. Clinical psychologists have also found that each suicide case conservatively affects six close relations, meaning around 6,000 friends and relatives are impacted annually by Hong Kong's average of 1,000 suicide cases—a situation that warrants attention. What are the reasons behind the rise in suicide cases, and what are the effective measures to prevent suicide?

      06/05/2024
    • Bridging Cultures in Hong Kong's Workforce

      Bridging Cultures in Hong Kong's Workforce

      Hong Kong's aging population significantly impacts its labour force provision. The 2021 population census by the Census and Statistics Department reveals a continuous 37% increase in the local ethnic minority population over the past decade, with 72.9% in the prime working age. Today, with industries vying for talent, have employers considered this group of ethnic minorities as a potential labour resource? What challenges do ethnic minorities face when entering the workforce? A harmoniously inclusive workplace is a collaborative creation of both employees and employers. How are they preparing to achieve this?

      29/04/2024
    • New Vision for Sports Development

      New Vision for Sports Development

      Hong Kong athletes excelled at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. In order for athletes to perform at their best, a suitable venue is essential. Kai Tak Sports Park is the first sports park in Hong Kong, covering an area of 28 hectares. The performance indicators require that, in the first 5 years, the main stadium with 50,000 seating capacity should have 40-day hosting sport events. Combined with the surrounding facilities, is it sufficient to support the development of sports in Hong Kong? The government initated a 10-year Development Blueprint for Sports and Recreation Facilities to map out the development of future sport facilities. What is the plan of the new Blueprint? While sports associations seek suitable training venues for their athletes, how will their experiences and expectations be incorporated into future policy blueprints so that resources can be utilized effectively?

      22/04/2024