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A Guide to the Healthcare Industry

By Chai Fook Tien

Healthcare is an essential human right. Because modern society cannot function without health services, health professionals are always in demand. Additionally, rising consumer healthcare awareness is expected to fuel demand for non-essential and therapeutic treatments. If you’re considering a career in healthcare, then read on to find out more about the industry’s landscape in Singapore. (Read More Here!)

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The Passion to Serve

It is not often that one gets the opportunity to combine work with passion. It is little wonder then that MOH Holdings Pte Ltd (MOHH) senior executive Ethel Yip considers herself fortunate, as her job allows her fulfil her dream of serving the community. MOHH, a holding company that oversees Singapore’s six public healthcare clusters, works closely with the Ministry of Health to help the Singapore Healthcare System foster a healthy nation. MOHH’s Community Assist Schemes Division (CASD) focuses on administering the health assist schemes set up by the Ministry. (Read More Here!)

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The soft skills you need as a doctor

When you see a doctor, you like to know that he has had the proper education and is experienced in his specialty area. It’s also helpful to know whether others have had good experiences with the doctor during their visits. While medical skills are important, a good part of what makes doctors well-regarded by others is their soft skills.

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Health is Wealth

Health is the prerequisite to everything you want to do. Yet, most of the Singapore population still find it difficult to exercise, eat healthily, and break bad habits. We talk to two scholars who are keen to influence the Singapore population to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

By Eliza Hamizah

We’ve all seen them; eye-catching posters to encourage parents to bring their kids outdoors to prevent myopia, sombre black and white images to remind the public that cigarettes are cancer sticks, and stairs at public areas within the Health Promotion Board (HPB) painted in cheery and colourful hues to promote active physical activity among the public. These are just some of HPB’s tireless efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle among the Singapore population.

To accomplish this however, requires a determined and dedicated team and each year, HPB grooms a handful of students to be part of this team and to one day, be the future drivers of Singapore’s health industry.

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Seeing is Believing

A clear, unimpaired vision is a gift that many of us take for granted. Meet a young Orthoptist who has made it her life’s mission to share this gift with the masses, young and old alike.

By Winifred Tan

Our eyes may be small compared to the other body organs, but their structure is incredibly complex and their function, priceless.

In the same way, orthoptists play a small but no less significant role in the healthcare industry. Working as part of a multidisciplinary allied health team comprising occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nursing staff, orthoptists are responsible for helping to restore the precious gift of sight to their patients.

We speak with Karen Zhang, a 28-year-old Orthoptist at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), a member of SingHealth Group, to find out more about her work and what keeps the light in her eyes shining since taking up the SNEC Orthoptics Scholarship eight years ago.

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Moving and Improving Lives, Literally

Improving the quality of their patients’ lives – That’s the purpose that all allied health professionals work towards. We talk to one Health Science scholar who tells all.

By Farhan Shah

“When I was in university, I was extremely busy and had no time to exercise!” 23-year-old Tong Shuk In laughs heartily, explaining the reasons behind the weight that she gained while she was in school a few years back.

The additional weight that she put on is now consigned to the annals of history; the Physiotherapist sitting in front of us is the epitome of fitness. She regularly runs with her colleagues and even finished in the top 10 in her organisation’s annual cross country run.

Looking trimmed and toned in her white coat, Shuk In regales us with tales from the hospital, explains her reasons for becoming a Physiotherapist, and reveals a world that’s not just made up of sanitised hallways and men in white coats, but one that is a mix of compassion, gratitude and hope.

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The Singaporean Lady With The Lamp

It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly – Stephen Ambrose. We talk to a student who has answered the noble profession’s call and her plans for the future.

By Farhan Shah

Much like Florence Nightingale, celebrated English nurse, 21-year-old Amy Kok wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and carve out a meaningful career. While Florence Nightingale was influenced by the call of God, Amy’s head was turned when she went for a 1-week nursing placement in a hospital, during her time as an officer in the St. John’s Brigade.

“During the placement, my perspectives on helping people changed dramatically. I felt inadequate because I was surrounded by sick people but I lacked the skills to look after them. It was that experience which aroused my interest in pursuing an enriching career in Nursing,” Amy shares.

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It's about communication

We spend an afternoon with JurongHealth’s aspiring Speech Therapist and come away with more than we expected.

By Kevin Lim

Wan Xin’s youthful looks, petite size, and delightfully excited tone have us doing a double take.

Is this the 26-year-old Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology student we were supposed to meet?

A Beacon of Sunshine
Indeed she is, and she greets us with a warm smile that instantly puts us in a good mood – something we soon learn is at the heart of her decision to become a Speech Therapist.

As it turns out, Wan Xin didn’t always aspire to be a Speech Therapist. Her first job was in the field of clinical research at a hospital. There, she would often work with many elderly stroke patients who had lost their ability to speak intelligibly.

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X-ray visions


Radiographers play an essential role to modern healthcare. Being involved in the early phases of diagnosis, they make it possible for patients start their track to recovery. We speak to 3+1 Health Science Scholar Azhar Samsudin about his work experience as a radiographer.

By Mabel Tan

“Did you know that it’s completely safe to stand two metres away from the X-ray machine?” Azhar Samsudin, a Radiographer at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shares. “Many people don’t know that. When people think about X-ray, they think about harmful rays.”
In fact, according to the cheerful Azhar, we are exposed to a much higher dose of radiation while going about our daily activities than by standing in front of an X-ray machine.

“A walk under the sun is equivalent to taking ten chest X-rays. And a 4-hour plane ride is equivalent to taking a few hundred X-rays! At such a high altitude, you’ll be exposed to radiation from satellites, hand phone signals, and the environment,” the 25-year-old reveals.

If you have a passion for helping patients and possess an interest in the human anatomy, a career in radiography may be your calling. Azhar, who recently graduated with a Bachelor in Medical Radiation Imaging from the University of Newcastle, shares his experience.

Why did you pursue radiography in school?
Azhar: Actually, I didn’t choose radiography; radiography chose me. (Laughs) Post-junior college, I wanted to pursue a field of study related to my two best ‘A’ level subjects – physics and biology. In radiology, we learn about the technical aspects of the machines, such as how an X-rayed image is formed, which is related to physics. We also study the human anatomy, which is related to biology.

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Healing Hands


An Occupational Therapist shares with us how a love for health sciences and stumbling upon an allied health advertisement on television led her on a life-changing journey with JurongHealth.

By Winifred Tan

As the adage goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” That’s precisely what Sri Marni advocates and puts into practice daily.

The petite and bubbly 26-year-old is an Occupational Therapist at Alexandra Hospital (AH), which is managed by Jurong Health Services (JurongHealth), the new public healthcare cluster aimed at better serving the needs of patients in the West. Here, Sri Marni puts her clinical skills and knowledge to good use towards rehabilitating patients and helping them lead more active and independent lives.

Taking an afternoon off from her busy schedule, she shows us the joy of helping others, the nifty equipment in her ‘playroom’, and how a short television advertisement changed her life forever.

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