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Khamis, Jun 20, 2024

The 3rd Borneo Quality of Life Conference: Improving Quality of Life Across All Ages

KOTA KINABALU: The 3rd Borneo Quality of Life Conference, themed “Quality of Life Across All Ages,” will take place at Universiti Malaysia Sabah next week from May 23rd-26th, 2023.

The conference will also be held partially online, allowing participants from across the globe to join.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics related to quality of life, including issues such as hunger, food security, sustainable agriculture, noncommunicable diseases, poverty, education, decent work, and economic growth.

Discussions will also centre around sustainable living environments, promoting good health and well-being, human capital development, and decent work and economic growth.

There are a total of 65 unique presentations, covering areas as diverse as statelessness and education, rehabilitation and nutrition, ancient and current addictions, ritual responses of traditional societies to Covid-19, and an entire symposium focusing on the cycle of pregnancy and quality of life issues surrounding it.

Last call registrations for the conference are still open, with day pass options available for those who only wish to come for a day.

In conjunction with the conference, UMS has slated four very exciting pre-conference workshops.

Firstly, a parenting workshop that is helmed by three high quality parenting speakers: Alison Wong, principal of Jolly Learners, a renowned early childhood education provider in Kota Kinabalu; Jessica Rine, author of “My Feelings My Friends”; and Derek Chong, an ICA certified professional life and leadership coach.

This workshop will focus on engaging in sharing and discussion about parenting strategies that will take them through the different stage of child development.

Also, there will be an upcycling workshop helmed by Micheal Yap, founder of Seagrass Guardians and coordinator of Tanjung Aru Marine Ecosystem Centre, and Japson Wong, an upcycling artist and founder of JF Production.

This workshop includes glass crushing to make bricks, operating the plastic recycling machine, and making of coffee capsule bugs.

Closer to home – we have two psychologically flavoured workshops happening back-to-back at the UMS Library.

From 8am-12pm, there will be an Alcohol Prevention workshop featuring Associate Prof. Dr Nicholas Pang, a psychiatrist and vice president of the Association of the Prevention of Alcohol Misuse Malaysia, together with Dr David Tan, psychiatrist, and Ms Sharon Sharmini, Head of Department of Psychiatry, HUMS.

In the afternoon from 2-5pm there will be a special workshop on mindfulness by Prof Dr Helen Benedict Lasimbang, director of Hospital UMS, who will be delivering modules from her book on mindfulness – the first Malay language mindfulness book published.

Registration for the conference is still open, and we would like to encourage registrations as well for the preconference sessions mentioned.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of a community that is committed to improving the quality of life for all ages in the region.

For more information about the conference and to sign up for preconference workshops and the conference proper, please visit the conference website at https://bqolc.ums.edu.my/ or email bqolc@ums.edu.my.