RCPCH Conference Singapore

In conjunction with the 9th Singapore Paediatric & Perinatal Annual Congress, the first online RCPCH Conference Singapore will focus on the theme of 'Learning together to improve child health'.

Join colleagues virtually to explore the latest innovations and share best practice from Asia, Europe and beyond.
Date: -
Time: -
Spaces available
Fees vary - see below

This two-day CPD accredited online event, delivered in partnership with the College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Singapore features insightful keynote presentations and interactive workshops with expert speakers.

Please note this conference is in addition to our flagship annual RCPCH Conference, which will take place later in 2021. 

Fees

  • Members* - S$120 (£68)
  • Non-members - S$170 (£97)
  • Trainees/Nurses/AHPs - S$75 (£43)
  • Students - S$40 (£23)

* Member rate applies to members of the follow organisations: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Paediatrics and Child Health Singapore, College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Hong Kong College of Paediatricians , Myanmar Pediatric Society, Paediatrics and Child Health Division, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Indonesian Pediatric Society

Abstract submissions now closed

Submissions will now be reviewed by the scientific committee. If you have submitted one, you'll be notified of the outcome week of 1 February.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the BMJ Paediatrics Open.

Conference programme

We're pleased to present our programme for the two-day event here. Please note, all times shown are is Singapore Standard Time (SGT), which is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Content will be available on demand for delegates who are unable to join live. 

You can also see the profiles of our key speakers at the bottom of this page.

Saturday 6 March

08:30 - 09:30 Exhibition, networking and posters 

09:30 – 09:45

Welcome and introduction

Chair for the morning: Dr Camilla Kingdon
Professor Russell Viner, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Professor Ng Kee Chong, President, College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Singapore

09:45 – 10:15

Keynote: Why children need South East Asia to achieve SDG 3 goals

Successes and challenges in implementing SDG 3 in South East Asia

Dato’ Dr Amar Singh HSS, (retired) Senior Consultant Paediatrician (Community)
Head Paediatric Department, Hospital RPB Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Head Clinical Research Center Perak
Advisor, National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC)

10:15 – 10:25

Question and answer session

10:25 – 11:00

Abstract presentations

Using the fast-paced ‘Pecha Kucha’ style of presentation, this session offers a great opportunity to explore the latest research and best practice in paediatrics. These abstract presentations will be announced by mid-February. 

11:00 – 11:25

Question and answer session

11:25 – 11:55

Comfort break (exhibition, ePosters and networking available)

11:55 – 12:55

Workshops (select one from below to attend 'live', and catch up with the rest of the session recordings afterwards)

Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy and therapeutic hypothermia
Professor Sam Rajadurai, Senior Consultant and Head of Department of Neonatology, KK Women and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
Dr Simon Lam, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Talk: Neonatal aEEG: facts and fallacies, Dr Nirmal V Kavalloor, Neonatologist, KK Women’s And Children’s Hospital
  • Talk: Therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy: what’s new?', Professor Helen Liley, Professor, The University of Queensland
  • Panel discussion with speakers:
    • How to adopt aEEG in regional NICUs: problems with training frontline how to interpret background patterns, recognize seizures and identify artefacts. How and when to involve paediatric neurologists
    • Local practice guidelines and methods for therapeutic hypothermia for asphyxiated newborns, differences in management between preterm and term babies

Mental health 
Professor Daniel Fung, Chairman Medical Board, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore
Professor James Scott, Head of Mental Health, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia

Obesity and cardio-metabolic risk in children and adolescents 

  • Talk: Evidence and challenges in treating children and adolescents with obesity, Professor Louise Baur, Chair of Child & Adolescent Health, University of Sydney, Consultant paediatrician, Weight Management Services, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
  • Talk: Developmental determinants of adiposity and cardiometabolic health: insights from the GUSTO study' Professor Lee Yung Seng, Head of Department & Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Endocrinology, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital

Workforce, moral distress and burnout
Dr Ellis Hon, Professor in Paediatrics, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof Marion Aw, Senior Consultant, Dept of Paediatrics, NUH, Singapore

Getting it right from what went wrong
Dr Alvin Chang, Clinical Director, Quality, Safety and Risk Management (QSRM) and Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
Dr Michael Lim, Senior Consultant, Division of Pulmonary Medicine & Sleep, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Singapore

Session abstract: Adverse events relating to patient safety are not uncommon in healthcare. They remain commonplace despite advances in improving the quality and outcomes of patient care. The lessons learned from adverse events are valuable in our quest to ensure safety in delivery of care to our children by eliminating the possibility of these events happening again. Effective analysis of adverse events to identify the root causes is essential so that recommendations for improvement that are stable and beneficial in the long-term can be found for our children and their caregivers. This is only possible with support from hospital leadership, as a non-punitive reporting culture in the institution is essential to ensure that gaps in the delivery of care will not be swept under the carpet.

12:55 – 14:00

Comfort break (Lunch, exhibition, ePosters and networking available)

14:00 – 15:00

Workshops (select one from below to attend 'live', and catch up with the rest of the session recordings afterwards)

Adolescent health
Professor Russell Viner, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Professor of Adolescent Health, UCL Instititute of Child Health, United Kingdom 
Dr Thiyagar Nadarajaw, Consultant Paediatrician & Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Department of Paediatrics, Sutanah Bahiyah Hospital, Malaysia

Early warning systems and patient safety in paediatrics
Professor Ian Maconochie, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Emergency Medicine), Imperial College London

Child development for the General Paediatrician
Dr Rajini Sarvananthan, Visiting Consultant, University Malaya Medical Centre
Dr Sylvia Choo Henn Tean, Senior Consultant, Department of Child Development, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Nursing updates in clinical paediatrics
Ms Cynthia Lim, Advanced Practice Nurse, Children's Emergency, KKH
Rashanee Seeda, President, Pediatric Nurses Association of Thailand
Ms Khoo Shi Min, Nurse Clinician, Advanced Practice Nurse, Division of Nursing, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore

Paediatric clinical immunology updates

  • Update on the Singapore newborn SCID screening - 1st year national data, Dr Liew Woei Kang
  • Paediatric immunology history - Professor Andrew Cant, Consultant in Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases, The Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle & Professor of Paediatric Immunology – Newcastle University, UK
  • 'Advances in HSCT for PID', Professor Wing Leung, TCL-CCF Distinguished Professor, Duke-NUS, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SingHealth, Singapore

15:00 – 15:30

Comfort break (exhibition, ePosters and networking available)

15:30 – 16:15

Keynote: Burnout and patient care: harnessing staff engagement to improve service delivery

Chair for the afternoon session: Professor Ng Kee Chong
Speaker: Dr Judith Johnson, Clinical Psychologist, School of Psychology, University of Leeds and Bradford Institute for Health Research, United Kingdom

16:15 – 16:25

Question and answer session

16:25 – 16:30

Summary and closing remarks 

Dr Camilla Kingdon
Professor Ng Kee Chong

Sunday 7 March

09:00 – 10:00

Exhibition, networking and posters

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and introduction

Chair for the morning: Professor Ng Kee Chong

10:05 – 10:35

Keynote: Getting the best start to life: Generating evidence; Transforming care 

Professor Chong Yap Seng
Professor Fabian Yap

10:35 – 10:45

Question and answer session

10:45 – 11:20

Abstract presentations

Using the fast-paced ‘Pecha Kucha’ style of presentation, this session offers a great opportunity to explore the latest research and best practice in paediatrics. These abstract presentations will be announced by mid-February. 

11:20 – 11:45

Question and answer session

11:45 – 12:15

Comfort break (exhibition, ePosters and networking available)

12:15 – 13:15

Workshops (select one from below to attend 'live', and catch up with the rest of the session recordings afterwards)

Impact of Climate Change and Air Pollution on Child Health in Asia
Chaired by:
Professor Albert Li, Professor of Paediatrics and Person-in-charge of Respiratory Service, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Daniel Goh, National University Hospital

  • 'Health Equity, Child Health and Climate change', Dr Maya Ragavan
  • 'Effects of air pollution on child health', Dr Peter Brimblecombe, Distinguished Research Chair Professor, in  Department of Marine Environment and Engineering and the Aerosol Science Research Center of National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship
Associate Professor Thoon Koh Cheng, Head and Senior Consultant, Infectious Disease Service, KK Women and Children’s Hospital, Singapore 

Allergy
Professor Leung Ting Fan, Vice President, Hong Kong College of Paediatricians
Professor Lee Bee Wah, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Paediatric Immunologist/Allergist, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Adjunct Associate Professor (Department of Paediatrics), National University of Singapore and Visiting Senior Consultant Paediatrician (Children’s Medical Centre), National University Hospital
A/Prof Anne Goh, Head of Paediatric Allergy Service and Senior Consultant, Respiratory Medicine Service, Department of Paediatrics, KK Women and Children’s Hospital, Singapore

Genetics and genomics
Professor Thong Meow Keong, President, College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia
Dr Ho-Ming Luk, Specialist in Genetics and Genomics (Paediatrics), Department of Health Hong Kong SAR 
Dr Brian Chung, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Hong Kong

Paediatric Palliative Care
To be led by a multi-disciplinary group of experts from Hong Kong and Singapore. To be announced shortly.

13:15 – 14:15

Comfort break (exhibition, ePosters and networking available)

14:15 – 14:45

We’re changing the way we deliver paediatric healthcare – join the revolution!

Chair for afternoon session: Dr Camilla Kingdon
Speaker: Professor Paul Dimitri, Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research and Innovation, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Director of the NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (NIHR CYP MedTech), UK

14:45 – 14:55

Question and answer session

14:55 – 15:25

Keynote: The Development of the COVID-19 Oxford Vaccine

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford

15:25 – 15:35

Questions and answer session

15:35 – 15:40

Prizes and closing remarks 

Ng Kee Chong and Camilla Kingdon (plus Russell Viner) 

(Programme is subject to change)

Below you'll find profiles of our key speakers.