"Healthy Childhood Development to facilitate teaching and learning"

As early as in 1950, the World Health Organization noted that "to learn effectively, children need good health". Health is defined as 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease'. Substantial evidence and research results have proven that health is a major factor affecting the learning capacity of a person, from the very early stage of childhood up to adolescence. If a person is deprived of the opportunities to grow healthily in early childhood, his intellectual development and his expectation of life will be adversely affected.

Led by Professor Albert LEE, a core group of health and education professionals established the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion in 2000. The Centre upholds the above-mentioned principle and is dedicated to promoting better health for all through health education and health promotion research. The Centre has advocated the Hong Kong Healthy Schools Award Scheme (HKHSA) since 2001, building on the concept of health promoting school to encourage educational achievement, better health and emotional well-being; and thereby supporting students in improving the quality of their lives. This scheme was successfully extended to kindergartens to foster healthy childhood development in 2005.

The PECERA (Hong Kong) was delighted to announce that Professor Albert LEE will host a special seminar on this subject on July 4, 2007. All interested researchers, educators and professionals from other disciplines are welcome to register for this seminar and exchange with Professor Albert Lee. Details can be found as follows:

Topic: Healthy Childhood Development to facilitate teaching and learning

Guest Speaker:

Professor Albert LEE
Professor and Director of Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Language: English
Date: July 4, 2007
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am (with a question-and-answer session)
Venue: Yew Chung International School
3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Registration: Prior online registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.


Professor Albert LEE – about the speaker

Albert LEE is Professor and Head of Family Medicine Unit of Department of Community and Family Medicine and Director of Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the Honorary Consultant in Family Medicine of New Territory East and Kwong Wah Hospital (since 1999), and Head of at Lek Yuen Family Medicine Health Centre. His clinical specialty is family medicine and his research area of interest is family and community health with special interests in primary care health services research, primary care management of chronic disease, child and adolescent health, comprehensive school health programme, medical education and health education and health promotion. He first pioneered the concept of Health Promoting Schools in Hong Kong to promote child and adolescent health and also health of the community.

He has published over 130 papers in peer reviewed journals and has been invited as speakers in many international conferences. The work in community health is well recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) and he has been invited by WHO to become temporary advisor on several occasions and has been commissioned by WHO Regional Office to conduct international workshops for other Asian and Pacific countries on school health. He has written a thematic paper for the Knowledge Network on Urban Settings of WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health on "Improving Health and Building Human Capital through an Effective Primary Care System and Healthy Setting approach." He is member of Editorial Board of Health Promotion International and International Advisor of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. He is Vice Editor of Chinese General Practice. He is journal reviewers for many leading international journals including Social Science and Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Health Policy, Health Promotion International, Preventive Medicine, Promotion and Education, International Journal of Health Education. He is also the founding Editor-in-chief of Journal of Primary Care and Health Promotion. He is member of Board of Trustee of International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and also Regional Leader of IUHPE Global Programme for Health Promotion Effectiveness. He is also member of Steering Committee of International School Health Network. He is member of Project Advisory Group of Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research on the project "Renewing our Commitment to the Ottawa Charter: The Way Forward" .

He started the first Master Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine and Health Science (strand in Health Education and Health Promotion and Primary Health Care) in Hong Kong. He is examiner of Fellowship examination of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Hong Kong College of General Practitioners. He is also Chief Examiner in Community Medicine and Ethics of Hong Kong Licentiate examination written paper. He received the award for Chief Executive Commendation for Community Services in 2004 Honours list of Hong Kong SAR Government.