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With Asia’s population due to reach 4.6 billion by 2040, it is no surprise that spending on healthcare is set to rise too. This is just one of the themes that was highlighted by Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff, Vice Chancellor and President, UCSI University and other leading healthcare professionals at a recent conference in Malaysia. The event was held by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing in Penang, Malaysia on 29-30 November 2017.
From admissions to employment: optimising the healthcare sector in Asia brought together over 50 healthcare and admissions professionals from leading organisations to discuss the future of the healthcare sector. The conference was hosted, jointly, with Cambridge Assessment English and OET (Occupational English Test) with support from the Australian, Malaysian and British governments.
The event brought further discussion about how to plan for an increased demand in trained and quality healthcare professionals. Speakers explained the importance of selecting and recruiting those who have the right attributes for a challenging career and agreed that Universities and recruiters around the world, must have confidence in healthcare professionals to deliver quality medical services.
Chairman of the Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health, Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel Fung, talked about the importance of assessing potential healthcare professionals at the early stages of their career to address the issue of resilience. He explained that admissions tests can identify if a person has the right personality traits to cope with such a demanding job and ultimately to guarantee they will lead a lengthy career.
Further highlights included a discussion by Professor Dr Jamunarani S Vadivelu, Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, about the successful integration of BioMedical Admissions Test and MMI’s into the medical admissions process at the University of Malaya. Dr Gad Lim, Principal Research Manager from Cambridge Assessment English also spoke about the importance of assessing clinical communication skills in healthcare professionals.
If you would like to find out more about the conference, all of the presentations are now available to view online.
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