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43rd SMA-OPG Convention
8 September 2012, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Sheraton Towers Singapore

The 43rd SMA National Medical Convention will be held in collaboration with the Office of the Public Guardian. The theme of the convention is ‘HealThy Mind, HealThy Life’.


The Public Symposium consists of four segments with one main component and three different sets of breakout sessions.


Public Guardian Board Member Mr Gerard Ee will be delivering the first keynote speech on the Mental Capacity Act, and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Mental Health A/Prof Chua Hong Choon will deliver the second keynote speech titled ‘Good Mental Health – We all play a part!’. Convention Committee Chairman Dr Ang Peng Chye and the SMA 1st Vice President Dr Chong Yeh Woei will also be addressing the crowd.


In Part 1: find out more about the mental health issues that commonly afflict those in different age groups. You can choose to attend one out of four sessions: Children/Youth, Adults, Elderly and Mandarin.


The next two parts of the programme, titled “The Mental Capacity Act - Helping you, Safeguarding you” is brought to you by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). This segment will touch on three different topics of interest: 1) Planning for oneself, 2) Helping someone who lacks mental capacity and 3) The care-giver and the community.


Parts 2 and 3 consist of three breakout sessions each.

In Part 2, you can learn about: a) Making decisions for someone who lacks mental capacity, b) How the Court can facilitate decision-making for a person who lacks mental capacity, c) Care-giving tips when living with a loved one suffering from dementia, or d) Living with persons who lack mental capacity – The legal aspects.

In Part 3, you can: a) Learn about financial planning for someone who lacks mental capacity, b) Discover the role of the community in helping and protecting people who are mentally vulnerable, or c) Find out how you can make a Lasting Power of Attorney to plan ahead.


Last Updated: 11 February 2014

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