Palliative Medicine Specialist, Dept of Medicine, Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Dr Aaron Hiew graduated with a Doctor in Medicine degree from University Kebangsaan Malaysia. He subsequently completed his Fellowship in Palliative Medicine Ministry of Health Malaysia and is currently practising as a Palliative Medicine Specialist, Department of Medicine, Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Dr Aaron has a keen interest in the aspect of education and improving the skills and knowledge of healthcare workers. He is involved in the Advanced Diploma Program for Palliative Care in Institut Latihan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, and also serves in other committees in the Ministry of Health palliative groups.

Head of Palliative Care Unit, Department of Medicine Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Dr Fazlina Ahmad graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2002. She obtained her Master’s in Internal Medicine in 2010 and pursued her career in Palliative Medicine. She works as a Palliative Care and Internal Medicine Physician at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar. Her interest lies in pain, education, and primary palliative care development.

Dr Fazlina aspires to assist in integrating palliative care into primary care by working with clinicians committed to making palliative care accessible throughout the country including rural places. New projects are in the making to support healthcare professionals and workers at the primary care level to deliver care to patients and their families in the community.

Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist, University Malaya Medical Centre

Dr. Ng Chong Guan is currently a Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also the Deputy President of the Malaysian Health Association and Treasurer of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association. Shortly after completion of his master training in psychological medicine in 2009, Dr. Ng was awarded a scholarship from the European Union (viaAsia Link) to do his second Masters degree in clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine; and his first Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) study at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. In 2017, he completed another Doctorate Degree in Medicine (MD) in psycho-oncology in University Malaya. He has just completed his third master degree in health research ethics (MOHRE) in University of Malaya under the scholarship of Fogarty International Center of the United States, National Institutes of Health in collaboration with the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Ng is the Editor-in- Chief of the Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry, has published numerous articles in prestigious medical journals, and is a regular speaker at local and international conferences. To date, Dr Ng has more than 100 international publications with Index of 22 and more than 1300 citations. He is listed as one of the World Top 2% Scientists in 2022 based on the report from Stanford University.

Psychologist (Clinical), Jabatan Perubatan Paliatif dan Rawatan Sokongan Institut Kanser Negara

Ms Nur Liyana did her Bachelor Degree of Islamic Revealed Knowledge, majoring in Fiqh and minoring in Psychology in 2013. She obtained her Masters Degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology in 2017. She is highly competent and confident in any task given that involves presenting in public and interacting with people. Nur Liyana possesses excellent leadership and communication skills and is a avid multitasker. She believes in team work and is always excited to work with  any team to bring about positive contribution and impact.

Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Hospital Al-Sultan Abdullah Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Puncak Alam, and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, UiTM Sungai Buloh

Dr Diana Katiman is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Hospital Al-Sultan Abdullah Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Puncak Alam, and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, UiTM Sungai Buloh. She is also the current Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysian Hospice and Palliative Care Council (MHPCC). She authored many articles, chapters and books including the Handbook of Palliative Medicine in Malaysia which is widely used as reference by palliative care personnel in Malaysia.

Dr Diana’s interests in Palliative Medicine include caregiver support and spiritual care. For patients to experience the best quality of life according to their preferences and needs, they need to have access to professional palliative care services, and their caregivers need to be well supported. Besides producing publications in this domain, Dr Diana is passionately involved in developing community resources in caregiving, including contributing to the Selangor State Government’s initiatives to develop a care economy blueprint.

To ensure patients, caregivers and even healthcare providers attain holistic benefits in receiving and providing palliative care, spirituality must be addressed. In pursuit of understanding the art of giving a soul to caring, Dr Diana completed the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)’s Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC©) and attended the Art of Presence Retreat under the tutelage of Dr Christina Puchalski in Assisi, Italy. She is currently undergoing professionally accredited training for spiritual care providers with the Clinical Pastoral Education of Central California (CPECC).

Spiritual Counsellor, ASPAC

Venerable Tian Wen is the Chairman of Universal Kindness Caring Buddhist Society (UKCBS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and a spiritual counsellor at Assisi Palliative Care (ASPAC). He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) one-year residency at Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, California, United States of America. He provides interfaith spiritual care and emotional support to patients and families. He is also the director of Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong. His duties are to assist the board to ensure and implement the monastery’s vision and commitment to spreading the Dharma, contributing to the continuous development of education, cultural and community services.

Retired Palliative Care Consultant, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Long Beach California

Dr. Moore is an educator and consultant, passionate about comprehensive, holistic and compassionate care for patients and families. Her background is in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Tropical Medicine and Palliative Medicine and she has practiced for  more than 30 years in a variety of settings the most recent of which is as the clinical lead in a busy palliative medicine service outside Los Angeles California. She loved working as a nurse for several years prior to going to medical school and brought that perspective to enrich her practice of Medicine. A Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology augments this background widening and deepening the perspective, the understanding and care for patients and families in crisis. She was the co-principal of the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative and faculty of San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine which has lead her into a teaching role internationally as well as domestically. She finds it a privilege to meet and learn with colleagues from around the world.

Palliative Medicine Specialist, Palliative Care Unit, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), Kuantan.

Dr Woon Fang Ng is a devoted palliative care physician whose journey in this field commenced during her internal medicine rotation in University Malaya Medical Center, where she developed a profound commitment to helping individuals facing life-limiting illnesses, especially after her experiences in multidisciplinary care and research focused on Motor Neurone Disease patients and their families. Following her specialization in Internal Medicine in Johor, Malaysia, Dr Woon Fang swiftly established a palliative care clinic, providing consultation services and home visits, facilitating patient’s access to opioids for pain relief and symptoms management.

In 2021, she successfully completed the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Program sponsored by Ministry of Health Malaysia. Over the three years of training, she garnered invaluable clinical experiences in both inpatient and community palliative care settings across Malaysia. Currently, Dr Woon Fang serves as the Pahang State Palliative Physician, where she introduced specialized in-patient and community palliative care services, with a focus on reaching rural areas and ensuring free access to these essential services.

Beyond her clinical work, Dr Woon Fang co-founded Faith Hope Love (FHL) Hospice Care Malaysia, a charitable NGO, and serves as its honorary secretary and Medical Lead. FHL provides free palliative home care to residents in the Klang Valley, Malaysia, and has experienced substantial growth, boasting a dedicated team of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, allied health professionals, chaplains and laypersons.

Dr Woon Fang’s unwavering dedication to palliative care extends to her role as the Chairperson for the Malaysian Hospice and Palliative Care council (MHPCC) from 2022 to 2024. Her vision encompasses not only providing care to those in need but also increasing public awareness and advocating for equitable access to palliative care through education. Her mission is to mobilize all stakeholders to advance palliative care throughout the country, making a lasting impact in the field.

Medical Director of Charis Hospice, Penang

Dr Oo Loo Chan graduated from University Malaya in 1985. Her interest in palliative care developed in 2002 when she joined a private cancer hospital which had just started a hospice unit. She pursued studies in palliative care via distance learning with Edith Cowan University(Perth), obtaining a diploma and subsequently, masters in palliative care. Short attachments and courses at various hospices in Malaysia, Singapore, UK and Australia provided her with opportunities for learning and exposure. Since 2004, she founded and helmed Charis Hospice, a community-based palliative care service provider in Penang, responsible for all aspects of this charity organization including patient-care, training, administrative, publicity and fund-raising. Since then, Charis Hospice has journeyed with many patients and families facing advanced illnesses especially cancer, irrespective of race and religion. Today, with team-mates, she is still actively involved in promoting awareness & education of palliative care among medical professionals, students, corporate sector and the public in the community. She plays a key role in developing a cohesive team of staff and volunteers playing various roles in the effective rendering of palliative care. Her desire is to posture her team to provide quality care in the community amidst the changing scenario of an aging population, increased incidence of NCD including dementia, giant leaps in medical advances, diminishing informal caregivers and challenging socio-economic circumstances.

Consultant Paediatrician and Palliative Care Physician University Sains Malaysia, Kelantan

Dr Fahisham hails from Kota Bahru Kelantan, one of the East Coast States in Peninsula Malaysia. He had his early medical education and training in the UK in 1999, notably in Ireland and Glasgow. He did his specialist certificate of Palliative Care (SPecCertPallCare) in the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia in 2013 and in 2018, was in University Hospital of Wales Cardiff doing his MTI Fellowship in Paediatric Palliative Care. Dr Fahisham contributed much of his work in medical journals, mostly related to paediatric medicine and issues. He also supervised research of medical colleagues in various fields of interest and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate  levels at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is also involved in the National Training Program for Paediatric Palliative Care

Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Consultant, Paediatric Palliative Care Practitioner, Indonesia Tzu Chi Hospital, Jakarta and Awal Bros Hospital, Batam

Dr Edi Setiawan is the Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Consultant, Paediatric Palliative Care Practitioner at Indonesia Tzu Chi Hospital in Jakarta and Awal Bros Hospital in Batam. He graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Trisakti in Jakarta in 1994 and then went on to specialize in Paediatrics in 2003, prior to which he worked on the non- infectious children’s wards at Cipto Hospital as a fellow. Dr Edi Setiawan is a member of the Indonesia Paediatric and Palliative Society. In 2011, Dr Edi was also a National Trainer for Training on Childhood Cancer, Paediatric Palliative Care, Morphine for Medical Use, and Exclusive Breastfeeding organized by the Ministry of Health Cancer Sub-Directorate, Anyo Indonesia Foundation, Indonesia Cancer Foundation, Perinasia, and  Indonesian Paediatric Society.

Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant Department of Paediatrics, University Malaya Medical Centre, KL 

Dr Chong Lee Ai is a Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant in UMMC since 2018. She had her early medical education in the University of Adelaide Australia and her Masters in Paediatrics from the University of Malaya. She is a clinician and educator trained in paediatrics, oncology, palliative care and bioethics. Prior to that, for seven years, she was a palliative care clinician at Hospis Malaysia. Dr Chong’s duties include teaching undergraduate medical students, postgraduate Masters in Paediatrics and Masters in Health Research Ethics at University Malaya. She also moderates the bimonthly Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds organised by the Medical Humanities and Ethics Unit, University Malaya and chair the Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee, UMMC.

Dr Chong Lee Ai contributed greatly as a member in international bodies such as the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), the International Union against Cancer (UICC) and the International Children Palliative Care Network. She is also a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine since 2016.

Retired Matron, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu

Ms Morna Chua is a State registered nurse since 1980. She first started her involvement in palliative care as a Nursing Sister of the 1st Palliative Care unit in Malaysia at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Sabah. Ms Morna Chua did her palliative care attachment in Adelaide and Melbourn, Australia and was the Hospital Matron in 2010 where she was the area matron in charge of the Palliative Care Uni at QEH.   As a pioneering member of Palliative Care Association Sabah, Ms Morna Chua plays a pivotal supporting role in its formative years alongside its formidable founders- Datuk Dr Ranjit Matthew Oommen & Dr Molly Matthew.  Ms Morna Chua is passionate about palliative care advocacy and education and has actively shared her knowledge and experiences at many CMEs as well as local-regional conferences throughout the years.

Palliative Care Nurse, Kasih Hospice Foundation

Ms Nurul is a palliative care nurse in Kasih Hospice Foundation. In 2011, she was a radiology nurse in Assunta Hospital, PJ then later joined Kasih Hospice Foundation as a palliative care nurse in 2014. Ms Nurul did her Bachelor in Nursing at UITM and in 2018 she completed her Advanced Diploma Palliative care at ILKKM. She is a compassionate and dedicated Registered Nurse with 9 years of experience in palliative care. She is highly driven to raise awareness and support growth of Palliative Care service in Malaysia. Currently she is doing her Master in Counselling at IMU, Malaysia.

Staff Nurse, Two Tree Lodge Hospice, Kuching

Ms Niensi Atarah qualified as a State Registered Nurse after completing her Bachelor of Nursing with Honours from the University of Malaysia Sarawak in 2009. Her career development started as a Junior Lecturer cum Clinical Instructor in Masterskill University College of Health Service and as an Occupational Health Executive in Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd (Petronas). Ms Niensi joined Two Tree Lodge Hospice Kuching as their pioneering palliative care nurse in 2016. Since then, she has seen tremendous growth both personally and professionally providing holistic care to patients and families under her care. Ms Niensi is passionate about palliative care and is heavily involved in palliative care advocacy and education in Sarawak, Malaysia. She is currently a faculty member of the Lien-APHN Collaborative for Palliative Care Training for Sarawak.

Palliative Care Nurse, Hospis Malaysia

Ms Emily Yap is a community palliative Care nurse in Hospis Malaysia since 2006. She graduated with a Diploma of Nursing in 2001 and later obtained a Graduate Certificate in Health (Palliative Care) at Flinders University in Australia. In 2012, Ms Emily completed her Diploma of Palliative Care at Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network. She aims to provide optimum patient care in carrying out all treatment protocols with sensitivity and compassion. Ms Emily is skilled in patient care management and collaboration and had presented at many local and regional conferences. Ms Emily was part of the Teaching faculty of Lien-APHN Collaborative for Palliative Care Training for China in year 2021.

Palliative Care Nurse, Palliative Care Unit, Sibu Hospital

Ms Jenny Budum obtained her Diploma in Nursing in 2007 and did her Advanced Diploma in Palliative Care in 2017. Having worked in various hospitals across Kuala Lumpur, Ms Jenny is currently a palliative care nurse at the Palliative Care Ward in Sibu Hospital, where she is also an active and committed member of the pioneering nurse-led community palliative care outreach program.

Palliative Care Nurse, The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Sarawak Branch

Ms Sofia Binti Jaman qualified as a State Registered Nurse after obtaining her Diploma in Nursing from the Normah Medical Specialist Centre College of Nursing in 2007. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Open University Malaysia in 2012. Ms Sofia has extensive nursing experience working in the medical, surgical as well as ICU/HDU departments. Since 2019, Ms Sofia has been working as palliative care nurse with the Palliative Home Care Team of The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Sarawak Branch. She is dedicated to providing excellent patient care, and is also committed to palliative care education and advocacy projects.

FRCS (Glas), Dip. Palliative (Cardiff), FRCoph (UK)

Dr Tiong is the resident consultant ophthalmologist at Timberland Medical Centre since 1977. He has been a volunteer palliative doctor with The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Sarawak Branch since 1998.

Head of Palliative Care Unit, Sarawak General Hospital

Dr Sharon is the first Palliative Care Physician in Sarawak. She graduated from University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and had been working as a general physician in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) before subspecializing in Palliative Care as there is a growing need and demand for palliative care in Sarawak. She is currently leading the Palliative Care Unit in SGH and initiated the domiciliary palliative care program across the state of Sarawak so that patients have access to palliative care in the community. She is also actively involved in advocacy, training and education of nurses, doctors, allied health and medical students. This is done in close collaboration with local hospices, health clinics, hospitals, Sarawak State Health Department and regional and international collaboration; including collaboration with Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She is excited in developing palliative care services in Sarawak, be it in the hospital or in the community. Her vision is to build Sarawak to be a centre of excellence in Palliative Care.

Head of Family Medicine Specialist Services in Serian Division and Siburan Health Clinic

Dr Diana is currently the Head of Family Medicine Specialist Services in Serian Division and Siburan Health Clinic. Dr Diana did her Masters in Family Medicine at UKM in 2017. She established the pilot clinic for Wound Care and also Dormiciliary Palliative Care (DPC) in Sarawak. She was awarded the Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (Excellent Service Award) in 2020.

Chairman, Klang Hospice

Dr Michael Yoong graduated with a medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya more than 4 decades ago and is a well respected GP with a thriving practice. In 2000, Dr Michael took his first step in hospice work by volunteering with Hospis Malaysia (HM), and for the next 5 years, he was HM’s  day care service volunteer doctor once a week. In 2005, Dr Michael became a volunteer with Klang Hospice and started doing home visits 2-3 times a week. As his passion and conviction for palliative care grew so did his commitment and involvement with Klang Hospice, becoming its chairman in 2008.  Under Dr Michael’s leadership, Klang Hospice has grown from strength to strength, transforming  terminal patients’ care in the community by engaging the community in bringing about quality care and holistic support for patients’ and families. Dr Michael attributed Klang Hospice’s success to team work and community involvement as “Palliative care is Everyone’s Business” and “together we can make a better caring world.”

Consultant Family Medicine Specialist, Klinik Kesihatan Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar Kedah, Malaysia

Dr Sri Wahyu Taher is the Head of Clinic & Consultant Family Medicine Specialist (FMS) at Klinik Kesihatan Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. She became an FMS in 2000 after achieving a Master Degree in Family Medicine from National University Malaysia (UKM). She received BSc Med Science from St Andrews University Scotland and continued with MBChB from Glasgow University Scotland. She went to further her fellowship subspecialty training in Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care at Monash University, Clayton Victoria Australia. She holds many important posts and responsibilities in the Ministry of Health Malaysia and with her long history of service she received numerous awards for excellence of service. She is also the Head of Clinical Research Centre Klinik Kesihatan Simpang Kuala Alor Setar and Chairman Persatuan Hospice Kedah (Hospice Society Kedah) since 2017 contributing in Major Program, Development of Home Care Program (HCP) for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients in Kedah and Integration of the HCP with Domiciliary Services Ministry of Health Malaysia & Bulletin Hospice contributor.

Medical Director, Hospice Negeri Sembilan

Dr Anthony Gilbert, completed his MBBS in University of Madras in 1989 and later obtained his Master in Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 1997. He served in the Ministry of Health from 1990 until 1999 and resigning as a Head of Department in ENT at hospital Seremban moving on to start his private practice. He joined Columbia Asia Hospital- Seremban since 2000 as a Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon rendering is clinical both in out-patients care. Since then, he has also been playing an active role as member of the administrative team in this hospital which includes Chief of Medical Services/Person in-charge as well as Chairman Medical advisory Board. This post is appointed by the board of directors Columbia Asia Hospital Group. Dr Anthony Gilbert has over more than 2 decades of experience in the Private Healthcare industry involving directly into the operations of a Healthcare facility. Other than rendering his service and expertise to his patients at clinic, he is also actively involved in teaching undergraduates in the field of ENT and Palliative Medicine at International Medical University (“IMU”) and University Putra Malaysia (“UPM”) and UCSI University. Dr Anthony Gilbert is a founding member of Hospice Negeri Sembilan which is an NGO providing community Hospice and Palliative Care Services in Negeri Sembilan. He has been helming this organization for the last 25 years and has established it as an institution not only as a centre of medical care for Hospice and palliative care patients but also as a centre for advocacy, education and training.

Head of Palliative Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah

Dr Ng Wan Jun graduated from St Bartholomew & the Royal London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom in year 2009. She trained locally as a general physician, before completing her training as a palliative care physician in Malaysia and Singapore year 2021. She is currently overseeing the palliative care service development in Sabah, and heading the palliative care unit in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah. She has completed the ISPEC (Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum) Train-the-Trainer programme in year 2020, and is now working on ways to integrate psycho-spiritual care in routine patient care. She is also actively involved in clinical research that can help to translate into better patient care.

Head of Palliative Unit, Senior Consultant Physician and Palliative Physician and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty Of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, University Malaya Medical and Specialist Centre (UMMC & UMSC).

Dr Sheriza Izwa is the head of Palliative Unit in UMMC.  She is also the Senior Consultant Physician and Palliative Physician and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty Of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, University Malaya Medical and Specialist Centre (UMMC & UMSC). Dr. Sheriza Izwa graduated in University Malaya, where she attended her undergraduate studies in Degree of Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and master studies in Masters in Internal Medicine (MMed). She further trained at the Universiti Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) in the Department of Medicine under subspeciality of Palliative Medicine. She had undergone fellowship training in Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut in India and Mercy Hospice, Auckland in New Zealand.  Her special interest is in nephrology. She is passionate in conservative management of end stage renal disease. She has started a Renal Palliative clinic in collaboration with Nephrologist Unit in UMMC since 2018.

Consultant Palliative Care Physician, University Malaya Medical Centre

Dr David Paul Capelle is a consultant Palliative Care Physician in the University Malaya Medical Centre. He did his medical studies at the Medical School of Hannover and qualifying his Medical examination at University Malaya Medical Centre in 2009. He was involved in the research thesis at the Department of Family Medicine since 2007. Dr Capelle’s interest was on research of Advanced Care Planning (Qualitative Research), Spirituality in Palliative Care and Augmentative And alternative communication in Motor Neurone Disease. Presently, he is the Registrar in the Department of Palliative Care.

Palliative Care Pharmacist, Institut Kanser Negara

Prita Nambbiar is a Palliative Care Pharmacist working in Institut Kanser Negara (IKN). Since 2014, she has been actively involved with palliative care services at IKN and also contributes to national initiatives in various capacities. Besides daily clinical services, she is active in education and training for her peers as well as in policy and guideline development. She is currently a member of the Ministry of Health’s National Palliative Care Development Working Committee as well as the Ministry of Health’s Clinical Practice Guideline development group for the Management of Cancer Pain. Her areas of interest include palliative standards development, end of life care practices and access to essential medicines.

Volunteer Social welfare member, State Welfare Batu Kawa, Kuching

Ms Lim Chiew Lan first started her voluntary work in social welfare as a member of SUPP Woman Support Group in 2011. From 2016-2023, under the leadership of Deputy Premier YB Datuk Amar Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian, Ms Lim was stationed at the Batu Kawa service centre to assist with, and oversee welfare programs in the Batu Kawa constituency. Currently, Ms Lim is an active member of the State welfare volunteer team regularly advising and assisting the needy and elderly in the community.

Founder of Kuching Life Care Association

Charity and community work is in Mr Hung’s DNA. Mr Hung, an assuming master of all trades, has been actively involved in NGO work for more than 3 decades. In 1996, after being a regular blood donor for a decade, Mr Hung founded Kuching Life Care Society (KLCS) and started organising regular blood donation drives for the blood bank at  Sarawak General Hospital. In 1997, KLCS  responded to a radio plea to help support cancer patients in Sarawak and has never looked back since. KLCS now provides van/bus transport, ambulance services as well as equipment rental, to support cancer and palliative care patients and families and is a key player and keen advocate for palliative care development in Sarawak. In 2011, overcome by the overwhelming need for an inpatient hospice facility in Sarawak, Kuching Life Care Society undertook the daunting task and started actively fund raising to build the first inpatient Hospice in Sarawak at Batu Kawa Kuching – a dream that will finally come to fruition in 2024.

Vice President of Malaysia Hospice, Palliative Care Council, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Palliative Medicine in University of Malaya

Dr Lam is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the University of Malaya. He received a Certificate of Completion in Palliative Medicine from the Northern Deanery in the United Kingdom and worked at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle prior to returning to Malaysia. His main interests are in education, end of life care ethics and strategic development of palliative care nationally.

Retired Educator, Kuching

Mr Leonard Chang retired in 2006, after serving as a school teacher, principal, divisional educational officer and as a Senior Education Officer in the Sarawak Education Department.

Living an active healthy life with no known health issues prior to his diagnosis with Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Mr Leonard Chang played many active sports in schools, university and during his working years. Mr Leonard spent a fair bit of his retirement time doing home gardening, playing badminton, golf as well as fishing. During a fishing trip in 2012, while reeling in his fish line, his right arm suddenly went limp and ‘froze’ for about 30 seconds. Following that incident, he experienced some twitching of his right biceps and gradual weakening of his fingers. In April 2013, after consulting a neurologist, more tests (MRI, EMG) followed, and Mr Leonard was diagnosed to have MND, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. In the years since then, Mr Leonard continues to live a full and active life with gusto. He will share his inspiring journey with MND in his talk.

Medical Lecturer (Psikiatri), Jabatan Perubatan Psikologi, Fakulti Perubatan dan Sains Kesihatan, UNIMAS

Dr Nur Iwana is currently a medical Lecturer (psychiatry) at Jabatan Perubatan Psikologi, Fakulti Perubatan dan Sains Kesihatan, UNIMAS. In 2023, she had completed her Doctor of Psychiatry at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur. She was awarded 3rd Prize, Free Paper Presentation at the Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine (MCPM) 2022.

Palliative Care Consultant, Selayang Hospital, Selayang

Dr Cindy Teoh currently works as a palliative care Physician in the Selayang Hospital Kuala Lumpur since 2016. She continued her palliative Fellowship training in 2015 for a year in the Concord Repatriation General Hospital Sydney, after doing 2 years of the same in the Hospital Selayang/Hospis Malaysia/Universiti Malaya. Dr Cindy Teoh obtained her MB BCh BAO with honours from the National University of Ireland and her MB BCh BAO (National University of Ireland). She obtained her MRCP (UK) from London in 2009. Dr Cindy Teoh has, since 2000, shared her experience and work in various Medical Associations and had ventured into serving as a Member in the AHPC, APHN, PaCCSC Australia and sits currently in the Malaysian Hospice Council. She has also contributed her work being Co-Investigator and Site Investigator in various professional development Research works.

Part time Palliative Care Nurse, Two Tree Lodge Hospice Kuching

Ms Nooraishah Binti Shahmat did her nursing training at Normah Medical Specialist Centre in Kuching and graduated as a staff nurse in June 2010. Through her years working in the specialist hospital, Nurse Nooraishah gained vast nursing care experiences in many sub-specialities including OT, Urology, Paediatric, ENT, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Cardiac unit, which together with her overseas working experiences at the National Guard Health Affair, KAMC Jeddah, equipped and enhanced her work as a community palliative care nurse since 2016. A mother of two young sons, Ms Nooraishah presently works as a part-time palliative care nurse with Two Tree lodge Hospice Kuching and is a strong advocate for Palliative and Cancer Care Sarawak/Malaysia.

Consultant Palliative Care Physician, Subang Jaya Medical Centre

Dr Loh Ee Chin is currently the Consultant Palliative Physician specialised in Palliative Medicine at Subang Jaya Medical Centre. She had her early medical education and MRCP in Ireland and her post-graduate diploma in palliative medicine from Wales. Dr Loh had contributed her work and experience in publications related to palliative care issues. Besides being a Medical Adviser in the Assunta Palliative Care Center, she was also a Board Member of the Malaysia Hospice Council in 2012 and 2016

Volunteer Nurse, The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Sarawak Branch 

Ms Michelle Phang obtained her Nursing Diploma in 2000 from the Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practice development in 2013. She has been in the healthcare practice for 23 years. Ms Michelle is  experienced as a Nurse Instructor and was a college lecturer cum Programme Coordinator in Healthcare Management for eight years. She was a palliative care nurse with The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Sarawak Branch until two years ago, and now expands her palliative care and nursing services as a Nurse Administrator at Tabuan Healthcare & Nursing home, Kuching. Ms Michelle is still actively involved with The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Sarawak Branch as a volunteer. Her passion for palliative care is burning strong and wherever she goes, Ms Michelle will do her utmost best to provide the best care for patients, hand in hand alongside with patients’ families and other health professionals on the care team.