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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Malaysia must prepare for an ageing population

Malaysia must prepare itself not only in terms of healthcare, but other aspects of life when it becomes an ageing nation by 2030.

Caretaker Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this was the reason members of “Keluarga Malaysia” must remain healthy, independent and live a quality life.

This was possible and could be achieved if the rakyat took a positive and proactive approach to healthy practices, such as going for regular health check-ups, especially for those aged 40 and above, he said.

He added that the vision of the Malaysian healthcare system should be geared towards “seamless integrated care”, where the transition and continuous care of patients from the hospital carried on smoothly, seamlessly and efficiently.

“The seamless geriatric care carried out at the Geriatric Unit of Kuala Lumpur Hospital, the Jinjang Health Clinic, the Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic and the Geriatric Unit of Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, along with other government health clinics, has shown great potential and benefit for elderly patients through services that are holistic, efficient and person-centred-care.

“This is in line with the fundamental concept of geriatric care,” said Khairy after officiating Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s 2022 Senior Citizens Day programme here today, in conjunction with the International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated on Oct 1 annually.

He said he hoped that the medical expertise and personnel of Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s Geriatric Unit will continue with efforts and commitment to providing the best healthcare and services for senior citizens and training even more geriatric specialists, which was very much needed in Malaysia.

“In facing an era of an ageing population for the country, among the key challenges that we must face is ‘ageism’, which is the perception that the elderly as those who are weak and do not possess the autonomy to make decisions.

“Many among us cannot seem to differentiate between the normal ageing process and that which is pathological. Without realising, this causes the elderly to be neglected or forgotten in terms of medical care, whether physically, psychologically, or socially,” he said.

Khairy added that age was not the determining factor of a person’s level of health and quality of life.

By 2030, he said, 14 per cent of the Malaysian population will comprise those aged 65 and above.

“The impact from the increase in the aged population will see a very high increase in elderly care costs, as well as the responsibility placed on family members and the community.”

He added that there will come a time in Malaysia when there will be more senior citizens than younger people.

And when this happens, he said, there was a need to ensure that the elderly could live with dignity, whereby if they fell ill, they could get the best healthcare, and if they were healthy, they could continue living by carrying out the activities they were used to.

“Not all elderly folk are the same. There are those who are very active, such as a 97-year-old who will contest the upcoming general elections,” he quipped.