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Malaysia’s COVID-19 Health and Community Care Strategy

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  • Malaysia’s COVID-19 Health and Community Care Strategy

Gain insights on Malaysia in the launch edition of the Ageing Asia Webinar Series – Global implications of COVID-19 on the eldercare sector in Asia Pacific.


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Malaysia’s COVID-19 Health and Community Care Strategy

COVID-19 has set unprecedented implications on the socio and economic aspects across sectors and markets, and especially on the eldercare sector. Some of the highlights of this webinar includes a showcase of Malaysia’s COVID-19 health and community care strategy by an eldercare operator. In addition, participants will also hear about activities to reduce social isolation and loneliness for seniors by community leaders, and a special new launch project showcasing a luxury living option for seniors in Malaysia.

Within a period of a few weeks, Malaysia went from triple digit reported cases daily to double digit. The country has over 5,000 infected with COVID-19 and 83 deaths. As of mid-April, Malaysia is now in its third phase of its movement control order. Each phase since March is two weeks long, with the aim of flattening the curve and breaking the chain of infection. Apart from a strict regime to prevent movement, heavy prosecution of violators, the country has also taken to execute testing of over 11,000 people, with a goal of 16,500 per day via 48 testing facilities in the country.

During this session, not only will we hear from Malaysia’s care operators on their collaborative efforts with the government to curb the outbreak, we will also get an exclusive open house preview to the newest 6-Star retirement living concept in Malaysia that advocates ‘Lifestyles of Dignity’. This will be followed up with an interactive Q&A.

Guest speaker: Mr Geoff Harrison, Managing Director, Scarisbrick International Group & Angels Care International Group, Malaysia

Second part of the webinar, a leading eldercare operator will present in this webinar on Malaysia’s COVID-19 health and community care strategy. He will be sharing insights on:

  • Elderly in Malaysia: What is life like for elders in the community today?
  • What are the precautions for staff and visitors in Malaysia’s nursing homes?
  • How to prevent cluster infections in nursing homes and in the community?
  • Special management and prevention strategies from Malaysia

Mr Geoff Harrison, Managing Director, Scarisbrick International Group & Angels Care International Group, Australia

Geoff has been involved in the Retirement development industry since 1990 with two of the first Retirement Villages in Melbourne, Australia. 

He developed a 5-star Exclusive Resort in Fiji and Luxury Townhouses in Melbourne as well as High-rise apartments in Queensland. 

He also created a revolutionary “Ageing in Place” In-Home Nursing and Care service called Angels Care providing high quality Holistic services to Singaporean and Malaysian Clients in conjunction with his partner Assoc. Professor Dato’ Dr. Singaraveloo Muthusamy, in 2016 to provide services to the Elderly. 

Angels Care is currently operational in Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Malaysia and Switzerland (and opening in France). 

Together Geoff and Dato’ Dr. Singaraveloo then created Scarisbrick International to provide Luxury Resort Apartments for 6-Star Services in unique exclusive Resorts, starting in Malaysia and France. 

The focus of each of the Groups is to provide the ultimate in services for their Clientele around the World to enjoy “Lifestyles of Dignity” with complete Holistic Health Care, Wellness and Hospitality Services.

Dr Thirukumaran Subramaniam, Director, My Aged Care Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Dr Thirukumaran  is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in limb reconstructive surgery, joint replacement and sports surgery.  He is clinical associate professor in orthopaedics surgery and teaches undergraduate medical students.  Dr Thirukumaran has an interest in mobility issues in the elderly and co-developed “MY AGED CARE” centers for the elderly in Malaysia.

Dr Thirukumaran graduated with an MBBS from Medical College Calicut, Calicut University. Since then, he has been involved in many professional bodies  such as the Malaysian Medical Council, Malaysian Medical Association,  Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and the AO Alumni Association. Dr Thirukumaran has more than 17 years of working experience in the medical care sector across countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Germany. 

Dr. Rahimah Ibrahim, Deputy Director, Malaysia Research Institute of Ageing, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Rahimah Ibrahim is an educator and researcher in ageing and human services. She is the Deputy Director of Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing and previously the Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). As an associate professor at the Faculty of Human Ecology, UPM, she conducts undergraduate course on adult development and ageing and postgraduate course on social gerontology. 

Dr. Rahimah’s research interest is in the area of support for the elderly and also the relations between formal and informal care provisions for older persons. Her care related research projects include those on psychosocial aspects of dementia care (University of Sydney), comparative study on care relations among Asian countries (Kyoto University), filial responsibility among female undergraduates in different Asian societies (Tokyo Christian Women’s University), exploring the standards of residential care facilities for older persons in Malaysia (Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia) and the structure of facilities and services to meet the needs for an aged Malaysia in 2030 (Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development). 

She has contributed her expertise in the curriculum review of the vocational subject of Basic Gerontology and Geriatrics for selected secondary schools in Malaysia. In the past, she was also involved in the PEMANDU lab (Prime Minister’s Department) for senior living and the onboarding sessions for the development of the Private Aged Care Facilities and Services Bill (Ministry of Health) that was passed in 2017.

Ageing Asia

Ageing Asia is an Ageing Market Consultancy Social Enterprise with the mission to change the way we age in Asia Pacific. We facilitate collaborations and strategic partnerships between CEO-level business, government and community leaders to access Asia Pacific’s US$3.3 trillion silver industry through a combination of in-depth industry research and networking with key decision makers in the business of ageing.

We also provide consulting to organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market place. Each event organised by Ageing Asia allocates at least 10% of the revenue to sponsor participants in not-for-profit sectors with free tickets and discounted rates to the events. Our charity initiative is the Art for Seniors Project that we developed to promote intergenerational bonding and interaction, and to brighten nursing homes through art.

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