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Asian Family Conference 2017 (Incorporating 3rd Asian Guardianship Conference)

Date/Time
29 November 2017, Wednesday, 9.00am
Venue
Orchard Hotel, Singapore

About the ConferenceThe Asian Family Conference aims to bring together policy-makers, practitioners and academics to discuss issues relating to families in Asia. The theme for the inaugural conference this year is Ageing Families in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. The issue of ageing families is particularly relevant for Singapore and other Asian countries, where populations are ageing rapidly. The conference will discuss emerging trends, policies and practices pertaining to changing family structures and ageing in Asian societies.

Alongside the Asian Family Conference, Singapore will be hosting the 3rd Asian Guardianship Conference – an annual event that brings together academics, policy-makers and practitioners from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as Singapore, to share on best practices in policy, practice and research on guardianship issues.

The conference is by invitation only.

PROGRAMME

AM
  • Opening speech by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development
  • Keynote by Ms Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia “Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing Family Policies in Ageing Societies”
  • Keynote by Dr Vivian Lou , Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong “Financial and Employment Impact of Family Caregivers in Hong Kong”
  • Panel moderated by Prof Paulin Straughan, Professor of Sociology (Practice) and Dean of Students, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Asian Family Conference
Concurrent Session 1
“Building Resilient Family Ties in Ageing Societies”
3rd Asian Guardianship Conference
Concurrent Session 1
“Best Practices in the Asian Guardianship Models”
Lunch
PM
Asian Family Conference
Concurrent Session 2
“Strengthening Elder Caregiving in Ageing Societies”
3rd Asian Guardianship Conference
Concurrent Session 2
“Challenges in Implementing Guardianship Laws & Practices”
Asian Family Conference
Concurrent Session 3
“Strengthening Intergenerational Relations in Ageing Societies”
3rd Asian Guardianship Conference
Concurrent Session 3
“Next Steps: Supporting Elderly without Next-of-Kin”

Concurrent Session 1

ASIAN FAMILY CONFERENCE
Building Resilient Family Ties in Ageing Societies
3RD ASIAN GUARDIANSHIP CONFERENCE
Best Practices in the Asian Guardianship Models
Moderated by: A/P Thang Leng Leng, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speakers:

1. Prof Stella Quah, Adjunct Professor, Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
“Beyond Grandparenting: Social Capital and the Dynamic Transformation of the Senior Generation”
2. Dr Leong Chan Hoong, Head (Social Lab) & Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore &
Ms Paveena Seah, Senior Research Analyst, Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
“Living with Parents: Evolving Family Dynamics within Singapore Households”
3. A/P Angelique Chan, Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research and Education, &
Associate Professor, Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

“Intergenerational Transfers in Singapore: How Supportive are Families?”
Moderated by: Dr Colin Tan, District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore


Speakers:

1. Prof Cheolung Je, Director, Korean Research Center for Guardianship and Trust, Korea
“Legislative Work for Successful Implementation of the Adult Guardianship Law in Korea”
2. Mr Li Chenyang, Notary, Notary Public Office of Shanghai, China
“The Situation and Challenges of Adult Guardianship Notarization in China”



3. Mr Akihiko Shimizu, Executive Director, Council of Social Welfare in Nishinomiya City, Japan “Person-centred Assistance in Nishinomiya” & Mr Hisashi Tanabe, Director of Community Welfare Department, Iga City Council of Social Welfare, Japan
“Recent Trend of Revisions to Adult Guardianship”
4. A/P Tai Yu-Zu, Associate Professor, National Taipei University, Taiwan
“The Balance of Autonomy and Care in Taiwan’s Adult Guardianship System”

Concurrent Session 2

ASIAN FAMILY CONFERENCE
Strengthening Elder Caregiving in Ageing Societies
3RD ASIAN GUARDIANSHIP CONFERENCE
Challenges in Implementing Guardianship Laws and Practices
Moderated by: A/P Angelique Chan, Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research and Education, &
Associate Professor, Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore


Speakers:

1. Dr Rahul Malhotra, Head of Research, Centre for Ageing Research and Education, & Assistant Professor, Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
“Research on Family Caregivers of Older Singaporeans: Past, Present and Future”
2. A/P Thang Leng Leng, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore & Mr Suen Johan PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
“In the Face of Vulnerabilities: Informal Caregivers of Dependent Elders from Lower-Income Households in Singapore”
3. Dr Rachel Carson, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
“Towards a Better Understanding of Elder Abuse”
Moderated by: Mr Daniel Koh, District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore



Speakers:

1. Mr Charles Chiu, Chairperson, Hong Kong Guardianship Board, Hong Kong
“Making it Work: Lessons to Learn from Challenging Guardianship Cases”


2. Prof Li-Xia, Professor, Law School of East China University, China
“The Challenges of China's New Adult Guardianship in the Implementation”


3. Ms Lee Li-Ling, Judge, Taipei District Court, Taiwan
“The Guardianship and Involuntary Hospitalization in Taiwan”
4. Dr Colin Tan, District Judge, Family Justice Court, Singapore
“Challenges and Opportunities in Dealing with Mental Incapacity Cases – The Singapore Experience”

Concurrent Session 3

ASIAN FAMILY CONFERENCE
Strengthening Intergenerational Relations in Ageing Societies
3RD ASIAN GUARDIANSHIP CONFERENCE
Next Steps: Supporting Elderly without Next-of-Kin
Moderated by: Mr Khoo Oon Soo, Commissioner for Maintenance of Parents, Singapore

Speakers:

1. Mr Khoo Oon Soo, Commissioner for Maintenance of Parents, Singapore
“Reflections on Intergenerational Ties in Singapore: CMP Case Studies”
2. Dr Helen Ko, Executive Director, Beyond Age, Singapore
“Healing Strained Relationships in Ageing Families: Insights and Implications for Practice”



3. Prof Kalyani Mehta, Head, Graduate Gerontology Programme, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore
“Voices of Grandparents: An Asian Perspective”
Moderated by: Ms Ang Bee Lian, Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Speakers:

1. Prof Takashi Oka, Professor, Department of Law, Faculty of Law of Gakushuin University, Japan
“Problems of Voluntary Guardianship and Direction of their Reform”

2. Mr Kwon Oh-Hyung, Chief Director, Central Support Center for Children with Disabilities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Korea
“Cases of Integration of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities into the Communities with the Assistance of Volunteer Public Guardians in Korea”
3. Ms Ang Bee Lian, Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore
TBC
4. Ms Esther Tan, General Manager, Special Needs Trust Company, Singapore
“SNTC’s Pre-Planning cum Trust Service: Supporting Elderly without Next-of-Kin”
  • Ms Anne Hollonds
    Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
    “Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing Family Policies in Ageing Societies”

    Anne Hollonds is one of Australia’s leading voices on child and family wellbeing. She has over 30 years’ experience in policy and practice, including leadership of large organizations providing a wide range of social services, education and health programs for children, youth, families, and older people.
    As Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an independent statutory authority of the Australian Government, Anne is responsible for conducting research and providing independent advice on family wellbeing. The Institute conducts quantitative and qualitative research, and disseminates findings to policy-makers, service providers and the community, to increase understanding of factors affecting families and to promote the wellbeing of families.

  • Dr Vivian Lou
    Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
    “Financial and Employment Impact of Family Caregivers in Hong Kong”

    Dr Vivian Lou is the Director of Sau Po Centre on Ageing at The University of Hong Kong. She is also an Associate Professor at Department of Social Work & Social Administration. Her research interests focus on family gerontology, in particular family caregiving for frail older adults and grandchildren, intergenerational support, social adaptation and mental health of Chinese older adult. She also has a keen interest in practice research on building evidence-based models that contribute to the enhancement of psycho-spiritual well-being of Chinese older adults.

  • Ms Ang Bee Lian
    Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

    Ms Ang Bee Lian has many years of experience in policy making and operational services in the social sector. Trained as a social worker, she also has a Masters in Social Policy & Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She served in various capacities in the current Ministry of Social and Family Development since her graduation. She is currently the Director of Social Welfare in Singapore. As Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Social Service from 2007 - 2013, she was involved in developing policies and implementing programs to grow the social service sector in Singapore.

  • A/P Angelique Chan
    Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research and Education, &
    Associate Professor, Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

    Dr Angelique Chan holds joint appointments as Associate Professor in the Signature Program in Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Department of Sociology, NUS. She is the Executive Director of the Centre for Ageing Research & Education. Dr Chan has published widely on aging issues in leading international journals and book chapters. She has consulted for local Ministries and organisations, and also sits on various national committees related to ageing research and education. Internationally, she has consulted for the United Nations and the World Bank, and also collaborated with Japan and USA on caregiving, work and retirement, and disability transitions.

  • Dr Colin Tan
    District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore

    Dr Colin Tan is both a qualified doctor as well as a qualified lawyer. He studied medicine at the National University of Singapore and later studied law at University College London. He was appointed as a District Judge in the Family and Juvenile Justice Division of the Subordinate Courts in 2010 and currently serves as a District Judge in the Family Justice Courts where he presides over Mental Capacity Act and other family law cases.

  • Mr Daniel Koh
    District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore

     

  • Mr Khoo Oon Soo
    Commissioner for Maintenance of Parents, Singapore

    Mr Khoo is the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents, a position he has held since May 2010. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, he was the Principal District Judge at the Family Court. Mr Khoo received LL.M. degrees (Masters of Laws) from National University of Singapore and Cambridge University, and has over forty years of legal experience. He is the author of Parent-Child Law in Singapore (Butterworth, 1984), and the co-editor of Practitioner’s Library, Family Law and Juvenile Court Practice (LexisNexis 2008). Mr Khoo was awarded the Long Service Medal in 1998 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2008.

  • Prof Paulin Straughan
    Professor of Sociology (Practice) and Dean of Students, Singapore Management University, Singapore

    Professor Straughan’s research interests center around sociology of family and medical sociology. Her current research investigates environmental risk factors in childhood obesity. She is also the Principal Investigator of recently concluded project on Successful Ageing in Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai which involved multiple institutions and a multidisciplinary team. She also serves as Consultant on numerous projects commissioned by various government agencies. She has published in both sociology and medical journals. Her books include Marriage Dissolution in Singapore: Revisiting Family Values and Ideology in Marriage, and Ultra-Low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issue (with Gavin Jones and Angelique Chan).

  • A/P Thang Leng Leng
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng is a socio-cultural anthropologist who obtained her PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has research interests on ageing, intergenerational approaches and relationships, gender and family, with a focus on Asia, especially Japan and Singapore. She publishes widely in her areas of expertise and is the author of “Generations in Touch: Linking the old and young in a Tokyo neighborhood”(Cornell University Press, 2001), the first ever ethnographic study of an age-integrated facility. Her co-edited books included “Ageing in Singapore: Service needs and the state” (co-authored with Peggy Teo, Kalyani Mehta and Angelique Chan, Routledge, 1996, 2012) and “Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian perspective” (co-editored with Kalyani Mehta, Springer, 2012). She is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (Taylor and Francis, USA) and vice chair of the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. She also serves on the board/council of Fei Yue Family Service Centre (chair), Centre for Seniors, and Gerontological Society Singapore. Besides heading the Department of Japanese Studies, she is also Deputy Director at the Centre for Family and Population Research and an Honorary Fellow with the College of Alice and Peter Tan, National University of Singapore.

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Published On Fri, Sep 22, 2017
Last Reviewed On Tue, Oct 3, 2017