2022-2023 EVENTS

2022 Events

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2022
The International Surgical Week (ISW)
Kuala Lumpur

31 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
Medical Fair Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

3-9 September
Medical Fair Asia
Digital, Online

9-10 September 2022
World Pediatrics Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

9-10 September 2022
World Heart and Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

19-21 September 2022
23rd SE-Asian Healthcare & Pharma Show
Kuala Lumpur

27-29 September 2022
Smart Healthcare Expo (Health Malaysia)

27-29 September 2022
Asia Pandemic Congress
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

19-20 September 2022
23nd Global Nursing Education Conference
Brisbane, Australia

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS)
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International MedLab Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International Pharma Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

11-13 November 2022
Eldercare Exhibition and Conference Asia (ELDEX Asia 2022)
Suntex Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre

14-15 November 2022
Healthcare Asia Pacific
Osaka, Japan

2023 Events

30 May – 1 June 2023
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

13-15 September 2023
Medical Fair Thailand
BITEC, Bangkok

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APHM welcomes exemption on private nurses to work in Malaysia

The Health Ministry’s decision to exempt foreign nurses from obtaining a Post-Basic Qualification to work in Malaysia will enable private hospitals to serve public hospital patients as part of the Public-Private Partnership, said the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president, Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh.

In a statement today, Dr Kuljit said this new exemption would alleviate the strain on private hospitals due to the continuous congestion, allowing them to further expand their bed capacity.

“The association received a letter from the Registrar of the Nursing Board, saying the exemption will be given from Oct 1 to Sept 30, 2024 with additional extensions granted based on re-applications and approvals.

“Previously, only foreign Post-Basic nurses were allowed to work in the country, which was strictly regulated,” he said.

He explained following the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for regular trained nurses has increased as local nurses have gone to other countries for better pay.

“Private hospitals would like to thank the Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa, and the Registrar of the Nursing Board, Devi Saravana Muthu, for their assistance in this matter.

“Our repeated requests have been granted, and patients seeking private care will now have better access and earlier admittance with available beds.” he said, adding that this initiative by the Health Ministry demonstrates their concern for public healthcare delivery that supplements public healthcare.

Dr Kuljit mentioned that Malaysia has great potential to be a healthcare hub for our local patients and medical tourists.

“We hope that the Healthcare White Paper will enhance public-private collaboration, allowing individuals to receive appropriate care on time, regardless of their financial situation, and ensuring the long-term viability of the workforce,” he said.

On July 27, New Straits Times reported on parents concerned about the difficulties in getting bed admissions at private hospitals, which weremostly full to a brim.

Some asserted that they had to contact up to four hospitals, yet none had the capacity to admit new patients.

In response to the NST report, this association said many hospitals had reached their capacity, causing delays in admission.

Dr. Kuljit explained that private hospitals had the capacity to increase the number of beds, but a shortage of nurses has been a limiting factor.

He warned that the situation would worsen in the coming months if the government did not address the shortage of nurses, calling on the government to consider the proposal of recruiting private foreign nurses as a quick solution to the problem. – NST