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Education Team Greets Visitors from Tokyo Gakugei University

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Professor IWATA, Yasuyuki (Deputy President of Curriculum Center for Teachers, Tokyo Gakugei University) and Dr. Li Jun (Associate Professor, Education Policy Unit, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong) arranged a study visit to CSRP with 10 Tokyo Gakugei University students on 27 Jan 2016. These students are prospective primary school teachers and are particularly interested in understanding teacher and student suicide and the corresponding prevention efforts in Hong Kong. Staff from the CSRP presented the suicide figures in Hong Kong, the current mental health programmes for students and 3 research reports about Hong Kong teachers’ workload and wellness. In return, Professor IWATA and the students shared about the general role of primary school teachers and the possible causes of student suicides in Japan. Both CSRP and the visitors from Japan have enhanced understanding of each other’s work. In addition, all agreed that suicide prevention is an important issue and everyone can contribute to make a difference.

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Working Together for Injured Workers in Hong Kong

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Following the release of report on the social review on the Employees’ compensation insurance system in Hong Kong, Professor Paul Yip met with Hon Mr Lee Cheuk Yan in a working meeting (22 Jan 2016) to explore ways to help injured workers return to work. Discussions in the meeting include existing barriers identified in the report, such as the long waiting time to receiving medical and health services and mindsets of injured workers. All parties at the meeting saw the pressing need of removing these barriers and improve the system for the wellbeing of injured workers.

(left to right) Prof Paul Yip, Hon Lee Cheuk Yan, Mr Ben Chung, Deputy Chairman, The Employees’ Compensation Residual Scheme Bureau and Mr Peter C H Tam, Chief Executive, HKFI

Upcoming events for the QTN Project

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The student programmes for primary and secondary schools participating in the QTN Project have been developed. Corresponding teachers have received training about how to implement the programmes, and the programmes are going to start in January.

On 27 February, we will organize 2 parents talks for our participating schools. One for primary schools and another one for secondary schools. The topics include how to promote positive education in family and effective skills to enhance parent-child communication. Recruitment will start soon.

* Due to restriction of resources, this seminar is ONLY available to participating schools in the project.

Press Conference – From Compensation to Rehabilitation
不止賠償 更要「重返工作」

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From Compensation to Rehabilitation

A Social Review of the Employees’ Compensation Insurance System in Hong Kong
Research Findings Release

In Hong Kong, about 200 fatal and 55,000 to 60,000 non-fatal cases resulting from work-related accidents and diseases have been recorded each year. Occupational rehabilitation with an emphasis on early and comprehensive intervention immediately after injuries has demonstrated to be the international best practice in disability management post occupational injuries. The practice, however, has not beenProfessor Paul Yip listened attentively during the Q&A session widely adopted in Hong Kong. To have an understanding of the underlying reasons, the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has conducted a consultancy project jointly with the Employees’ Compensation Insurance Residual Scheme Bureau (ECIRSB) to review the Employees’ Compensation system for local workers.

The CSRP held a press conference on 14 Dec 2015 to release its latest research findings and recommendations from the project on restoring the well-being of injured workers. Press release is available in both English and Chinese. The Powerpoint presentation is available in Chinese.

At the press conference, Professor Paul Yip presented the latest statistics on work-related deaths and injuries in Hong Kong, and on compensation insurance claims, such as the demographic characteristics of the workers who filed insurance claims, the types of common injuries, and number of working days lost from injury. He also spoke about the major problems in the current system, namely a compensation-focused culture and the physical and psychological barriers that hinder the success of return-to-work for injured workers, such as stress from family and employers, and the loss of self-esteem. Recognizing the challenges encountered by injured workers on the road of recovery, professor Yip stressed the importance of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies and called for a collaborative effort of building a worker-centered system.

DSC00037Doctor Sheung Wai Law, an honorary clinical associate professor from the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), shared a success story of implementing a multidisciplinary rehabilitation model with the focus on early intervention – the  Multidisciplinary Orthopedics Rehabilitation Empowerment (MORE) Programme. This programme has demonstrated great success in facilitating early and safe return-to-work for injured workers. With the positive impacts brought by the MORE programme, the project hopes to initiate efforts of expanding the programme, so more injured workers can gain access.

Last but not least, the CSRP would like to express gratitude to all the stakeholders who contributed to the project and those who provided utmost support for the project’s effort in propelling meaningful changes for workers health and social well-being of Hong Kong.

Join our focus group on altruism and well-being (with compensation) / 招募聚焦小組參與者 主題:有關助人與福祉 (補貼車馬費)

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A Qualitative Study on Altruism and Well-being

Join our focus group on altruism and well-being (with compensation)

You are cordially invited to join our focus groups on altruism and well-being in HK. Your participation and sharing will be very much appreciated and contribute to making Hong Kong a better society. To compensate for transportation and time, each participant will receive $100 HKD cash after completing the focus group. Refreshments will also be provided at the focus group.

For further details, please visit our website: http://csrp.hku.hk/invitation-letter-altruism (the details are available in English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese)

You are welcome to disseminate this message on your social networks.

Thank you very much for your attention!

Best regards,

HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU

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招募聚焦小組參與者 主題:有關助人與福祉 (補貼車馬費)

我們是來自香港大學的研究團隊,現誠邀您參與一項有關助人與福祉的關係的研 究。您的參與和分享將為我們的研究提供寶貴數據,亦將對改善香港的社會福祉作出重要貢獻。我們將向每名完成聚焦小組的參與者提供港幣100元正作為車馬費,以示謝意。小組討論時亦將會提供簡便小食及飲品。

詳情請訪問我們的網站:http://csrp.hku.hk/invitation-letter-altruism (繁體中文、英文、簡體中文三個版本可供參考)

歡迎您將此訊息轉告您的親友,邀請更多人士參與我們的研究。

非常感謝您的關注與支持!

香港大學香港賽馬會防止自殺研究中心

QEF Thematic Network on Developing Students’ Positive Attitudes and Values

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School recruitment exercise was completed.  In total 27 primary schools and 21 secondary schools joined the thematic network as of 8 Sept 2015. The first training workshop for school teachers on evidence-based practice and programme evaluation in school settings was conducted on 27 Aug 2015. In the new school year 2015-16, the project team will start developing universal programmes for students in developing positive attitudes and values with our core primary and secondary schools.

Evaluation Study for Project WeCan

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Interviews and focus groups with different stakeholders of participating schools and business units of the evaluation study had been completed in May 2015.  The volunteer survey has rolled out in June 2015. Currently, the project team is writing the final report for this evaluation study.

Kidmatters – A Web and School-based Approach to Promoting Children’s Mental Health

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All participating schools have completed classroom teaching in June 2015. The project team has conducted 8 focus groups with students and 6 review meetings with school teachers/social workers to collect their feedback towards the programme. Two parent workshops and two training workshops were conducted in July and Aug 2015 for the teachers of participating schools. Currently, the project team is assessing the effectiveness of the programme.

Altruism Index Survey: Hong Kong is full of kindness

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Based on the 1,104 Hong Kong residents who completed the HKAIS, Hong Kong is a place full of kindness.  Close to 95% of the respondents have participated in at least some kind of altruistic activity in the past year, and about a third reported having done more than three kinds.

Almost all respondents (97%) thought that helping others is a source of happiness to certain level.  Participants in altruistic activities consistently reported greater satisfaction with life, health, family, and job than non participants.

The Hong Kong Altruism Index Survey (HKAIS) was the first survey of its kind, and serves as part of the Bless Hong Kong Campaign. The study aimed to conduct an in-depth investigation of altruistic behaviors in Hong Kong. It developed an Altruism-Index that can comprehensively capture Hong Kong residents’ altruistic behavior patterns and their profiles. It also measured motives and perceived benefits of altruistic behaviors, and investigated reasons for and barriers to participating in these behaviors. In addition, it assessed respondents’ subjective well-being, social trust, and opinions with poverty alleviation, and explored these factors’ relationships with altruistic behaviors in Hong Kong.