Press Release
7 September 2009

The Role of the HKMA Community Network Doctors in Anti-Youth Drug Abuse Projects

7 September 2009

In recent months, the concern of youth drug abuse problem has been overwhelmed in the community. In response to the increasing ill trend of youth drug abuse, The Hong Kong Medical Association has hosted a Press Conference in this afternoon, to explain to the public on the role of the Community Network doctors in the Anti-Youth Drug Abuse Projects. Unlike the approach of the "Trial Scheme on School Drug Test", we would team up with non-governmental organizations to help the at-risk youth in drug abuse, offering personal, holistic and comprehensive care and helping them to build up positive values, rather than deterring them.

Dr. TSE Hung Hing, the HKMA President expressed that the role of community doctors in the Anti-Youth Drug Abuse Projects was crucial, because they could act as the "gate-keepers" to screen out the high-risk youth through medical consultation and motivational counseling. This early intervention could prevent the youth in becoming serious addicts. Dr. CHAN Yee Shing, Alvin, the HKMA Vice-President and Central Co-ordinator of the HKMA Community Network, further explained that the HKMA Community Network would organize an array of Continuing Medical Education (CME) lectures for doctors to enrich their knowledge in substance abuse and management of drug abusers. Community doctors would also comply with the Code of Professional Conduct, to keep the patients' information confidentially. It was expected by upgrading the doctors' knowledge, more members would participate in the anti-drug abuse projects in different districts, to combat the youth drug abuse crisis together.

Both Ms. NG Suet Kam, Carol, Centre-in-charge of Lutheran Social Service Evergreen Lutheran Centre, and Mr. CHOY Kam Wing, Willis, In-Charge of the Kowloon City District Youth Outreaching Social Service Centre of Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service, welcomed the involvement of community doctors in the anti-drug projects, they believed a single word presented by a doctor was better than a thousand words delivered by a social worker, because doctors were deemed as a professional icon. They were confident that by including the participation of community doctors, the anti-youth drug projects would run smoothly with optimal effectiveness.

The Hong Kong Medical Association Community Network was established with the aim to provide healthcare support to the community, organizing continuing medical education lectures to update doctors with the most recent developments and commence partnership programs with the Hospital Authority (HA) in maximizing the benefit of patients.

Notes to editors:
The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts. The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health. The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world. In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.

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