Dr Ben FONG

Awards

2018 - 2019CPCE Outstanding Service Performance/Achievement Award 2018/19

2018 - 2019Outstanding Reviewer for Public Administration and Policy in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards.

Professional services

2020 - 2022Honorary Programme Advisor of the Bachelor of Management (Honours) in Health Services and Information Management Programme offered by the School of Management at Tung Wah College.

2019 - 2020Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Jockey Club Home for Hospice, Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care.

2017 - NowPresident, Hong Kong College of Community Health Practitioners

2011 - NowHonorary Clinical Associate Professor in Family Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

2004 - NowAdjunct Associate Professor in the School of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

1996 - NowClinical Associate Professor (Honorary) in Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Journal-book reviewing

1996 - NowHong Kong Practitioner, Journal of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians

Research grants

2021 - 2022Co-Investigator of project, “To Give or Not to Give? Investigating the Effects of Trust on Time Banking Participation: A Longitudinal Study in Hong Kong Aging Population”, funded by the Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Research Grants Council (RGC) Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector 2020/21, for 2 years, 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022.

The findings of this research can help (1) NGOs to identify the key factors of trust building at different points of time; (2) NGOs to improve the participation rate of time banking; (3) policymakers to launch the time banking program in different organizations for alleviating the excessive burden on the public health care system and attract more manpower for elderly care services; and (4) contribute to the trust and time banking literature.

2018 - 2021A RGC Funded Project in the Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector in 2018/19 - “Establishment of Centre for Ageing and Healthcare Management Research (CAHMR)” at PolyU SPEED: Team Leader of Project - Director of CAHMR.

PolyU SPEED aspires to make a difference to our community. One grand challenge facing Hong Kong today is the wellbeing of an ageing population and its impacts on the sustainability of the health and long-term care system. The Chief Executive, in the 2017 Policy Address, raised her concerns on the care for the elderly and pledged to devise a variety of support measures for elderly care services. It is clear that more concerted efforts among researchers, practitioners and policy makers are needed to tackle this grand challenge.

To respond to this challenge, SPEED proposes to establish the Centre for Ageing and Healthcare Management Research (CAHMR), leveraging the expertise and interest among faculty members, connecting them from a diverse array of disciplines and cultivating their scholarship in the realms of health care, health services management, finance, information technology, data science, public policy, marketing and hospitality management. The goal is to develop CAHMR into a centre of excellence with four fundamental objectives:

(1) generating novel and useful knowledge;
(2) developing research capabilities of faculty members;
(3) sharing insights with stakeholders; and
(4) informing curriculum development across related academic programmes.

Specific deliverables from this project include an efficient research infrastructure, regular network building conferences, impactful publications, relevant curriculum, and stakeholder dialogues.

2018 - 2020Co-investigator of the Project funded by HMRF-Health Promotion of the Government, with the title of "Development and evaluation of a culturally-relevant alcohol harms reduction programme for tertiary education students in Hong Kong". This project’s objectives are to develop and evaluate a culturally-relevant alcohol harms reduction program for Hong Kong tertiary education students. The programme would include not only informational content, but will also increase positive expectancies of alcohol-free socialization and equip students with harms-minimization skills. The target is 15% reduction in past -month binge drinking and reported alcohol-reported harms as compared with the non-intervention subjects at each assessment point.

2018 - 2019Team Member of STEM Maker Project awarded by Quality Education Fund

The project aims at enhancing teachers' professional capacity in implementing STEM education as well as students' interest in Science and application of cross-curricula knowledge for problem-solving through developing learning and teaching resources and providing professional training for teachers in secondary schools.