Singapore Health Services

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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Helping Others, Growing Oneself

Being a social worker is not a career many students would have on their mind. We speak to a SingHealth scholar who was convinced that she had made the right choice, and she explains how her scholarship journey has impacted her.

By Benjamin Lim

From an early age, Sharleen Siow enjoyed helping people and influencing them positively. Being a Christian also taught her that investing in people was the most worthy pursuit.

Hence, when she was offered the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) Health Science Scholarship (HSS) to do a degree in social work, the Saint Andrew's Junior College alumna decided this career path would be the most suitable for her.

Currently in the fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Social Work at the National University of Singapore, Sharleen will be posted to one of the hospitals under the SingHealth Group to work as a Medical Social Worker after graduation. This is a very wide field and her job scope depends on the department she would be posted to.

Sharleen reveals that one of the most common responsibilities of a Medical Social Worker is to plan for the discharge of patients.

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