Welcome message from head

 Prof. Tsang

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Since its beginnings in 1978, RS has become the home of Physiotherapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) education in Hong Kong, with offerings of the sole UGC-funded BSc (Hons) in PT and BSc (Hons) in OT programmes. Now, after four decades of hard work by our highly regarded academic and clinical staff and distinguished students, RS has gained a leading position in the professional training of occupational therapists and physiotherapists in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. As Head of the Department, I am proud to lead this diverse community of scholars and clinicians with a common goal: to triangulate teaching, research and services in our core business so that we can touch the lives of patients as well as make an impact on the overall health and well-being of people in Hong Kong and beyond. 

Over the past four decades, RS has trained more than 2,800 PTs and 2,000 OTs for Hong Kong. To help address the shortage of manpower caused by a rapid expansion of these two professions in the NGO sector, we have also been offering entry-level MOT and MPT programmes funded by the Social Welfare Department since 2011. All our academic programmes nurture a steady stream of graduates who are well equipped to provide rehabilitation services in the community.

Our team of extremely experienced and competent professors maintain high teaching standards in their striving to cultivate our students with professional qualities, skills and knowledge. Our Department also focuses on translational research in rehabilitation sciences, with colleagues making new discoveries and breakthrough findings that have helped improve the understanding of the mechanisms of injuries and diseases. Our on-campus Rehabilitation Clinic is also a base for clinical education and research besides being a notable provider of rehabilitation services for the PolyU community and the general public. As such, we have been able to contribute significantly in improving the knowledge base in rehabilitation research worldwide. This in turn advances the PT and OT professions further.

From February 2018, we will be launching a year-long celebration of RS’s 40th anniversary with a series of activities, including international symposia, public seminars, and summer school programmes. One of the main highlights will be our hosting of the 11th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR), which is expected to attract over 300 health care professionals and faculty members from more than 20 nations across the world. The RS 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 17 November 2018 will be the climax of our celebration. All these landmark events are orchestrated to reflect our Department’s motto of “Touching Lives, Making an Impact”.

We look forward to your joining our celebratory activities as well as to your continued support for our Department as we move forward into a new era.

Prof. Hector Tsang
Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health
Professor and Head
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Organizing Committee