Universiti Brunei Darussalam holds seminar on public health knowledge
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Institute of Health Science at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on Wednesday held a seminar to share public health knowledge.
The talk – delivered by an Eminent Visiting Professor (EVP) at UBD who is currently based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – also shared with participants the importance of making sound decisions on public health strategies.
Professor Tar Ching Aw’s one-hour talk focused on the need for agreement in public health.
It also cited several issues that attract a wide range of views and opinions from individuals, organisations and members of the community.
The issues include agreement on what constitutes an occupational disease, priorities for public health for developing countries and medical screening.
“There is a considerable gap between what research shows is effective and the policies that are enacted and enforced,” said the head of the UAE university’s institute of public health.
He explained that decisions in public health affect individuals and communities.
Professor Aw said that the ‘options of process’ for decision making is often complex with several options and many factors influencing the outcome.
The visiting professor also touched on the types of decisions needed to be made in public health and medicine. These include the cause of the disease, treatment, preventive measures and acceptable risks.
Professor Aw used cancer as an example.
He explained that carcinogens are any substances or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.
He said that these are the causes of cancer while preventive efforts could be to avoid vaping.
With this in mind, he said decisions that need to be made when it comes to treating cancer include the speed and cost of treatment.
Decisions in clinical and health policies require careful weighing of risks and benefits, said the professor.
Medical therapies have side effects, surgical interventions may lead to complications, and diagnostic tests can produce misleading results, he said.
Furthermore, patient values and service costs must be considered. Decisions in clinical and health policies require careful weighing of its risks and benefits.
The talk was attended by students, lecturers and staff members of The Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences at UBD.
The Brunei Times