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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 where experts and practitioners from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore share on best practices 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 Family Policies in Ageing Societies”
  • Keynote by Dr Vivian Lou , Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, University of Hong Kong, 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. Professor 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?”
4. Ms Susana Harding, Director, International Longevity Centre, Tsao Foundation, Singapore
Sharing from a practitioner’s perspective: Intergenerational transfers in Singapore: “How Supportive are Families?”
Moderated by: Judge Colin Tan, District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore


Speakers:

1. Professor 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. Ms Wang Jing, Assistant Director, Coaching and Counselling Service, Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, Tsao Foundation, Singapore
Sharing from a practitioner’s perspective: “In the Face of Vulnerabilities: Informal Caregivers of Dependent Elders from Lower-Income Households in Singapore”
4. Dr Rachel Carson, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
“Towards a Better Understanding of Elder Abuse”
5. Mr Ong Yunn Shing, Director (Aged Care Services), Ageing Planning Office, Ministry of Health, Singapore
“Enabling Ageing-In-Place in Singapore”
Moderated by: Judge 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. Professor Li-Xia, Professor, Law School of East China University, China
“The Challenges of China's New Adult Guardianship in the Implementation”


3. Judge Colin Tan, District Judge, Family Justice Court, Singapore
“Challenges and Opportunities in Dealing with Mental Incapacity Cases – The Singapore Experience”



4. Judge Lee Liling, Judge, Taipei District Court, Taiwan
“The Guardianship and Involuntary Hospitalization in Taiwan”

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

2. Ms Jueun Park, Deputy Manager, 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
“Supporting elderly without next-of-kin: philosophy and principle”
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
    Ms Anne Hollonds
    Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
    “Challenges and Opportunities of 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
    Dr Vivian Lou
    Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong, 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
    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 programmes to grow the social service sector in Singapore.

  • A/P Angelique Chan
    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 Inaugural Executive Director of the Centre for Ageing Research & Education (CARE, Duke-NUS). She has published widely on aging issues in leading international journals including the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, Journal of Aging and Health, and Journal of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences and book chapters. Her current research examines disability transitions, mortality, and the effects of social support on health, caregiver burden, and use of long-term care services. She has consulted for Singapore Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Agency for Integrated Care, the United Nations, Temasek Foundation and the World Bank.

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

    Judge Colin Tan is a qualified doctor and lawyer. He studied medicine at the National University of Singapore and later 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.

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

    Judge Daniel Koh is the first Public Guardian with the Office of the Public Guardian under the Ministry of Social and Family Development in Singapore. He was seconded from the Attorney General’s Chambers in 2009 to take on this appointment. His secondment ended in 2015 and he is currently a District Judge in the Family Justice Courts.

    Prior to this, he spent more than two decades in public service, serving as a Magistrate, Assistant Registrar, District Judge and Registrar in the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. In his various roles, Mr Koh has contributed significantly in enhancing public access to justice and heightening public trust and confidence in the courts and the rule of law.

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

    A/P Thang Leng Leng is a socio-cultural anthropologist who has numerous publications on ageing, intergenerational approaches and relationships, gender and family. Internationally, she is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (Taylor and Francis, USA) and vice chair of the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Locally, she also serves on the board/council of Fei Yue Family Service Centre (chair), Centre for Seniors, and Gerontological Society Singapore. 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.

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Keynote Speeches

Keynote by Ms Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
Download: “Challenges and Opportunities of Family Policies in Ageing Societies”

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

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

1. “Beyond Grandparenting: Social Capital and the Dynamic Transformation of the Senior Generation”
by Professor Stella Quah, Adjunct Professor, Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

2. “Living with Parents: Evolving Family Dynamics within Singapore Households”
by 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

3. “Intergenerational Transfers in Singapore: How Supportive are Families?”
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

4. Sharing from a practitioner’s perspective: Intergenerational transfers in Singapore: “How Supportive are Families?”
by Ms Susana Harding, Director, International Longevity Centre, Tsao Foundation, Singapore
Moderated by: Judge Colin Tan, District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore


1. “Legislative Work for Successful Implementation of the Adult Guardianship Law in Korea”
by Professor Cheolung Je, Director, Korean Research Center for Guardianship and Trust, Korea

2. “The Situation and Challenges of Adult Guardianship Notarization in China” (English / Mandarin)
by Mr Li Chenyang, Notary, Notary Public Office of Shanghai, China

3. “Person-centred Assistance in Nishinomiya”
by Mr Akihiko Shimizu, Executive Director, Council of Social Welfare in Nishinomiya City, Japan &

4. “Recent Trend of Revisions to Adult Guardianship”
Mr Hisashi Tanabe, Director of Community Welfare Department, Iga City Council of Social Welfare, Japan

5. “The Balance of Autonomy and Care in Taiwan’s Adult Guardianship System”
by A/P Tai Yu-Zu, Associate Professor, National Taipei University, Taiwan

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


1. “Research on Family Caregivers of Older Singaporeans: Past, Present and Future”
by 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

2. “In the Face of Vulnerabilities: Informal Caregivers of Dependent Elders from Lower-Income Households in Singapore”
by 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
with concluding discussion by Ms Wang Jing, Assistant Director, Coaching and Counselling Service, Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, Tsao Foundation, Singapore

3. “Towards a Better Understanding of Elder Abuse”
by Dr Rachel Carson, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia

4. “Enabling Ageing-In-Place in Singapore”
by Mr Ong Yunn Shing, Director (Aged Care Services), Ageing Planning Office, Ministry of Health, Singapore
Moderated by: Judge Daniel Koh, District Judge, Family Justice Courts, Singapore



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

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

3. “The Guardianship and Involuntary Hospitalization in Taiwan”
by Judge Lee Liling, Judge, Taipei District Court, Taiwan

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

1. “Reflections on Intergenerational Ties in Singapore: CMP Case Studies”
by Mr Khoo Oon Soo, Commissioner for Maintenance of Parents, Singapore

2. “Healing Strained Relationships in Ageing Families: Insights and Implications for Practice”
by Dr Helen Ko, Executive Director, Beyond Age, Singapore

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

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

2. “Cases of Integration of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities into the Communities with the Assistance of Volunteer Public Guardians in Korea” (English / Korean)
by Ms Jueun Park, Deputy Manager, Central Support Center for Children with Disabilities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Korea

3. “Supporting elderly without next-of-kin: philosophy and principle”
by Ms Ang Bee Lian, Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

4. “SNTC’s Pre-Planning cum Trust Service: Supporting Elderly without Next-of-Kin”
by Ms Esther Tan, General Manager, Special Needs Trust Company Singapore

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

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Published On Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Last Reviewed On Thu, Nov 30, 2017