Keynote 1: Partnership with Communities: A New Starting Point
Heather Richardson currently works as the Director of Education, Research and End of Life Policy at St Christopher’s Hospice. She previously worked as Joint Chief Executive, then CEO of St Christopher’s over a period of eight years. In the past she has held the role of National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK, and worked as Clinical Director, then Strategy Advisor to St. Joseph’s Hospice in East London prior to her move at St Christopher’s. She has also worked as an associate with the Innovation Unit based in London.
Heather is a registered general and mental health nurse and has worked in hospice/palliative care since 1988. She has a PhD, her research concerned with users’ experience of day hospice. More recently she has developed a research interest around public health and end of life care and is involved in global programmes of learning for palliative care leaders. She currently serves as an honorary professor in palliative care at Lancaster University and has recently joined Harris Manchester College in Oxford as a Senior Research Fellow. In the past she has received the International Palliative Nurse of the Year award issued by the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and other awards related to her role in innovation in healthcare.
Keynote 2: Public Health Approach to Integrate ACP in Hong Kong
Professor Chow is the Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work and the Head of the Department of Social Work & Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong. She is also the Master of the University’s New College. She has a background as a registered social worker specialising in bereavement counselling and is the founder of the first community-based bereavement counselling centre in Hong Kong. She formerly served as the Chairperson of the prestigious International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement, Secretary of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Board Member of the Asia Pacific Hospice Network (APHN).
As a recognised translational scientist in thanatology, Professor Chow got different awards in research, teaching and practice. Currently, Professor Chow is the Director of the Jockey Club End-of-Life Community Care Project. She is also the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Academy of Social Work.