Academy News


February 2005



President's Message

Please click below for a message from Prof. Grace Tang, the new President of the Academy.

President's message




Donation for the Earthquake & Tsunamis

The Academy earlier appealed to Fellows for making donations and has received a total sum of HK$128,220.  The Academy President, Prof. Grace Tang, presented the donation cheque to the Hong Kong Red Cross on 1 February 2005.  The cheque was received by Lady Wu (胡應湘夫人), JP, Assistant Director (International & Relief Service) of the Hong Kong Red Cross.



Co-opted Council Member 

Council at its January meeting co-opted Dr. Pamela Leung as a member of the Council.  Her co-option has filled the casual vacancy arising from Dr. C.T. Hung’s election as Vice-President (Edu. & Exams.).  Dr. Hung was previously an elected Council member.  Dr. P. Leung’s term of office will end at the conclusion of the 2005 AGM.  She has also been appointed the new Chairman of the Membership Committee.



Kids Interest Class at the Academy Lounge

An interest class for kids will be organized for 20 February 2005 (Sunday).  Your kids will learn how to make small ornaments and telephone string with Swarovski crystals.  Please click below for more details.

February Kids Interest Class



Deeper Collaboration with China

The Academy Council held a strategic workshop in August last year, during which Council decided that the Academy should establish deeper collaboration with the Mainland.  Prof. Huang Jiefu, Vice Minister of Health of the PRC, visited the Academy in December and advised Council on what the Academy should do to establish closer link with the Mainland.  With Prof. Huang’s advice, the Academy will send a delegation to the Beijing shortly to pay visits to the relevant parties. 



Codeine-containing Medications in Infants



An Academy Fellow has recently written to the Academy asking for the Academy’s assistance to ban the use of codeine or codeine-containing medications in infants.  Council has requested comments from the College of Paediatricians.  The College is of the opinion that codeine is not recommended for use as antitussive medication in infants.  This view is in line with all available pharmacology books and drug formularies.  However, Council agreed with the College that it is outside the purview of the Academy and College to suggest banning any pharmaceutical products.





Honorary Doctorate of Science awarded to Immediate Past President


The Academy is proud to announce that Dr. C.H. Leong, Immediate Past President, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Aberdeen Scotland on 12 January 2005.  This honour was in recognition of Dr. Leong’s contribution to the work in promoting health care and community services in Hong Kong and medical training and education.  The University also recognized Dr. Leong’s dedication in the SARS outbreak.





2005 Annual Subscriptions


Fellows are reminded that their 2005 Annual Subscriptions are due on 1 January 2005.  Fellows should receive a demand note from either the Academy or their College.  Please be reminded that it is Council’s policy that subscriptions received by the Academy after 30 June will be subject to a surcharge of 5% on the subscription amount.  Please settle your subscription as soon as possible.





Gong Xi Fa Cai

The Secretariat will be closed at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, 8 February 2005 (Chinese New Year Eve). 

The Dining Room and Academy Lounge will be closed at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 8 February 2005 and be opened on Monday, 14 February 2005. 

The Academy wishes all Fellows a prosperous year in the Year of Rooster!

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