Healthcare

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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Why Your Company Should Host a Blood-Donation Drive

By Deanna Bonaparte

Healthcare services have been challenged to combat the shortage of blood donations for many years. To raise awareness of blood donation, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has adopted methods such as driving blood donation trucks around the city, hosting pop-up donation stations at office buildings and sharing emergency notices via social media. In fact, it has even come up with a novel way to continue its blood donation campaign through a mobile app. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: What Specialised Positions Can I Consider in the Healthcare Sector?

Question: I'm looking to enter the healthcare industry, but what are some professions I can consider besides being a nurse or a doctor?

Answer: There are numerous specialisations you can consider when getting your foot in the door of the rapidly-growing healthcare industry in Singapore as an Allied Health Professional (AHP) – specialists who work with healthcare practitioners to deliver high quality patient care. This also applies to individuals considering a mid-career switch – you can apply for the Professional Conversion Programme to gain relevant knowledge and training to become an AHP. (Read More Here!)

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Radioactive Passion

People say healthcare is a calling, a profession that no one gets into by chance. No one exemplifies this more than Patricia Gan, who truly displays the utmost passion and dedication for the healthcare profession.

By Kevin Lim

24-year-old Patricia Gan is a feisty young lady who becomes incredibly animated when talking about healthcare, a topic that she feels strongly for.

The Radiation Therapist at the National Cancer Centre Singapore takes a break from zapping cancer cells with radiation to sit down with us and unveil what drives her in life and her career.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the healthcare industry?

Patricia: I love interacting with people and making a difference in their lives, and the healthcare industry affords me that sense of fulfilment knowing I’m directly impacting others in life-giving ways.

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While You Were Out Partying...

Here are some headlines you may have missed over the weekend:


Doctor Shortage
With Singapore’s growing population, more health care practitioners are needed to oversee the health of Singaporeans. In similar developed countries, there is one medical school per two million people, according to Health Minster Khaw Boon Wan. There is a shortage of doctors and at least 1,000 of our doctors in Singapore are foreign talents.

Thus, Singapore is planning for a third medical school, likely to be situated in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Mr Khaw notes that it is integral to begin preparations now because a medical school will take about 10 years before it graduates its pioneer batch of medical professionals.

More jobs in health care
The Ministry of Health (MOH) plans to hire even more healthcare workers than previously announced. It will continue to take in 4,500 workers into the public health care sector in the next two years instead of over the next five.

The health care sector has been booming since the year started, with 1,100 people being recruited since, of which six in 10 are Singaporeans filling administrative, nursing and allied health positions. More than 27% of these Singaporeans were above the age of 40.

In addition, MOH said 2,600 job vacancies are available now, of which one third are in nursing, one third in medical and allied health care and the rest, for administrative and support positions like managers, IT staff and care-coordinators.

800 keen on retail internships
Who says that Singaporeans are unwilling to take up jobs in the retail and service industries? At an internship fair organized by the South West CDC, a turnout of 800 people for some 400 jobs available was seen.

These internships focus on giving those interested in the services and retail industry a shot to try out jobs in the real working environment for three to five days at participating retail or service outlets.

Selected interns will receive on-the-job training and a chance to wait on customers at companies such as Coffee Club Express and MacDonald’s. Whilst on training, participants will be paid $4 an hour and at the end of the internship, those who enjoy the work and show an aptitude for it may be offered full-time positions.