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2017 TIMA Conference – The Name Says It All

Written by  Joyce Ng Kim Lean / KL & Selangor

Opening ceremony of 2017 TIMA conference“Healthcare Beyond Medicine” comprising participants from 12 countries. 【Photograph by Lim Chin Shein】

The 2017 TIMA Conference marked a significant milestone with notable beginning from March 17 to 19, 2017, at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Aptly, in this conference, the theme is on “Healthcare Beyond Medicine”.


The Opening Ceremony opened with a lively rendition of the theme song, “Ode to the Doctors”, followed by a drum performance presented by upbeat performers.

Besides the wide range of medical professionals in the TIMA team, the three-day conference is backed by community volunteers and volunteers from Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group. There will also be a number of relevant talks pertaining to humanistic healthcare.

The conference received encouraging participation from some 1,000 attendees from 12 countries (i.e., Malaysia, Taiwan, United States, Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia), comprising doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health practitioners and other healthcare professionals. In addition, there was a gathering of invited members and friends along with other numerous guest speakers, to commemorate this amazing day.

Dato’ Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health Malaysia, delivered an uplifting speech stressing on the need to invigorate healthcare. He was glad and honoured to attend this TIMA Conference. He acknowledged Tzu Chi for its speedy mobilization of volunteers to extend humanitarian aid in time of disasters. He had witnessed for himself Tzu Chi’s relief work during the 2014 East Coast floods and Ranao earthquake, and was moved by the support extended by Tzu Chi to the Ministry of Health. Alongside this vision, he was touched by the way TIMA has moved forward to service the less fortunate and to practise humanity. He also called upon the participants to contribute their efforts in humanitarian work.

Dr Lin Chin Lon, CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Mission, urged the participants from the various countries to experience for themselves the joy of giving, and he hoped that they could adopt and implement what they will gain in the Conference in their respective countries.

Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, was glad that Malaysia was finally granted the opportunity to host the Conference after Singapore and the Philippines Chapters. She said in her opening remarks, “We hope that this conference will inspire more loving medical professionals to treat patients with genuine love, and to offer them the best care.”

Working towards sustainable development goals in healthcare

The first topic in the Conference was Dr Lin Chin-Lon’s sharing on “Working towards Sustainable Development Goals in Healthcare”. He mentioned that Tzu Chi’s Missions of Charity, Medicine, International Disaster Relief and Humanistic Cultures are in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

He had made an informed decision on healthcare. His inspirational and invigorating talk provided the most relevant learning and a great insight into quality improvement and humanistic medicine. He highlighted that medical care is a process. A medical professional’s tender and loving care, as well as, attitude and spirit, are as important as medical skills.

He stressed to the participants the importance of the effects of beautiful smiles on the patients who need comfort, and doctors should also shoulder the patients’ problems and collaborate their efforts in leading more effective actions in healthcare delivery. He is also of the opinion that patients should not be incapacitated by their illnesses and doctors should also promote healthcare rather than just treating diseases. This is the pledge of doctors.

Dr Lin also shared with the participants how Tzu Chi Hospital implements environmental protection concepts within the premises, such as, the use of eco-friendly utensils, water conservation and segregation of recyclables. He encouraged the participants to derive happiness through serving, and emphasized that there is more happiness in giving than receiving.

 

Drum performance presented by TIMA volunteers to welcome participants of 2017 TIMA conference. 【Photograph by Lee Wei Kean】   The lecture hall packed with participants from healthcare industry. [Photograph by Kevin Tan Kok Sieong]

Drum performance presented by TIMA volunteers to welcome participants of 2017 TIMA conference. 【Photograph by Lee Wei Kean】
 
The lecture hall packed with participants from healthcare industry. [Photograph by Kevin Tan Kok Sieong]
 
Honourable guest, Dato’Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health Malaysia delivering his opening speech stressing on the need to invigorate healthcare.【Photograph by Lee Wei Kean】   CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Mission, Dr Lin Chin Lon urged the participants to experience for themselves the joy of giving and hoped that they could adopt and implement what they will gain in the Conference in their respective countries.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】  

Honourable guest, Dato’Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health Malaysia delivering his opening speech stressing on the need to invigorate healthcare.【Photograph by Lee Wei Kean】
 
CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Mission, Dr Lin Chin Lon urged the participants to experience for themselves the joy of giving and hoped that they could adopt and implement what they will gain in the Conference in their respective countries. 【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】
 

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