Singapore (OPENPRESS) August 18, 2012 -- Asia's first and only trade event for the assistive technology, integrated care and rehabilitation engineering industry is proud to count Singapore's Centre for Enabled Living, Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports, and MOH Holdings Pte Ltd as its latest Strategic Partners.
RehabTech Asia, which is honoured to have Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, Singapore Manufacturers' Federation (SMa) and SPRING Singapore also as Strategic Partners, comes at a time when there is growing interest in self-determined living and long-term healthcare, as Asia continues to age rapidly, with the numbers expected to grow to some 857 million by 2050 . At the same time, with 400 million people with disabilities in Asia , the demand for rehabilitation and therapy is rising exponentially in Asia.
Mr Chandran Nair, General Manager of Singex Exhibition Ventures Pte Ltd, co-organiser of RehabTech Asia with Fiera Milano, said, "With such strong support from Singapore's public agencies and trade associations, we believe that RehabTech Asia will allow for meaningful discussions among healthcare and medical professionals across various discipline, which will maximise the health and well-being of people with disabilities, care requirements and chronic conditions."
Mr Chua Chin Kiat, Chairman of the Centre for Enabled Living, said, "At the Centre for Enabled Living, we believe that technology and innovation play a crucial role in removing barriers to living an enabled life. RehabTech Asia offers us an excellent platform to engage with the industry partners here in Singapore and Asia and we are proud to be supporting this event. We look forward to using this opportunity to showcase the work our SEED Fund partners have been doing in addressing eldercare and disability issues in Singapore."
Mr Gwee Seng Kwong, Secretary General of the Singapore Manufacturers' Federation said, "The Singapore Manufacturers' Federation is delighted to be one of the strategic partners for RehabTech Asia. In recognition of the growing need in rehabilitation technology products and services, RehabTech Asia caters to the various aspects of the medical industry by providing a unique opportunity to learn about the assistive technology services and its provision toward improvement of treatment, accessibility and mobility. We have a significant and important medical technology industry group within the Federation and we will leverage on RehabTech Asia to showcase our industry's capability."
Conference to drive thought leadership
RehabTech Asia is also now held in conjunction with the 2nd Singapore Rehabilitation Conference. Co-organised by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the Conference will be held from 27 to 28 February 2013.
With "Rehabilitation Technology & Innovation for Everyone" as its theme, the Conference is designed to be a platform for the presentation of international research in rehabilitation technology and physical medicine, and the discussion of acute and rehabilitation treatments. Featuring plenary lectures, scientific paper presentations and workshops, the Conference is supported by an 80-member International Advisory Committee. This Committee of academics and clinicians from around the world will provide guidance towards the planning of a comprehensive and stimulating scientific programme for a global audience.
Dr Kong Keng He, Conference Chairperson and Senior Consultant, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, TTSH, said, "The Conference will offer a focal point for delegates to examine the latest developments in all major sub-groups within the field, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, geriatrics, medical social work, nursing, paediatrics, and rehabilitation. We are therefore confident that this Conference will contribute to the nurturing of a holistic allied health, integrated care and rehabilitation environment in Asia."
The Call-for-Papers closes on 30 September 2012. Topics include but are not limited to assistive technology, disabled sports, geriatric, mobility, pain, rehabilitation, robotics, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.rehabtechasia.com/call-papers.
Workshop to promote professional development
Another highlight of RehabTech Asia is the Assistive Technology (AT) Fundamental Course by Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA). To be conducted for the first time in Asia, the Course will provide an overview of the numerous areas of AT, with multiple case studies to illustrate applications of principles and theories in AT provision.
Said Mr Jerry Weisman, President of RESNA, a Supporting Organisation of RehabTech Asia, "Technology holds a great deal of promise. It can enable people with disabilities and the aging population to live independent and fulfilling lives. RESNA welcomes the opportunity to partner with RehabTech Asia to encourage networking among international stakeholders to share and exchange information and ideas."
RehabTech Asia will be held from 27 February to 1 March 2013 at Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre.