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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A cross-country survey of nurses and midwives in the UK has found deep repercussions due to the COVID-19 pandemic: many nurses and midwives report feeling unaccustomed to redeployment, which involved caring for high numbers of critically ill patients and witnessing a high number of patient deaths. Researchers at the University of Surrey, who conducted the survey, have called for a national COVID-19 nursing workforce recovery strategy to tackle the issue and help restore nurses’ psychological well-being.

Despite the distress and trauma faced by frontline nursing staff, it was revealed that the stigma that arose prevented them from accessing counseling services during the first wave of the pandemic. Some participants referred to the notion that nurses seeking counseling would be viewed as a “sign of weakness.”

Those who did seek out counseling often did so through anonymous sources such as charities or Trade Unions suggesting a lack of trust in the confidentiality of resources offered by employers.

The survey also identified a lack of trust between existing and redeployed nurses – many were forced to carry out tasks that they felt insufficiently trained to do, and were justly concerned that their professional registration may be endangered.

“Nurses and midwives put their own health and psychological well-being on the line for the public during the pandemic and many unfortunately lost their lives; others experienced burnout, high levels of moral distress and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder),” said Dr. Jill Maben, Professor of Health Services Research and Nursing at the University of Surrey.

To prevent a mass exodus of the nursing and midwifery workforce, Dr. Maben suggests a new national strategy to acknowledge and address their harrowing experience.

Some of the nurses and midwives interviewed for the study – part of the ongoing Impact of COVID on Nurses (ICON) longitudinal interview study – suggested the researchers provided some therapeutic space and comfort just by listening to their grievances.

“We have a duty as a society to take care of frontline staff who experienced such extreme psychological and emotional distress during this pandemic. The support currently offered is a good start in improving well-being, however, more needs to be done at organisational levels (not just letting the responsibility rest with the individual nurse or midwife) as a one-size-fits all approach does not work.”