Third online COVID-19 information forum for Chinese community to be held on Friday

From left, Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society president Dr Zhen Zhang, vice-president Dr Jiang Li, Georges River Councillor Nancy LIU and Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer meeting at the February forum to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
From left, Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society president Dr Zhen Zhang, vice-president Dr Jiang Li, Georges River Councillor Nancy LIU and Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer meeting at the February forum to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collaborating with personnel from the COVID-19 Chief Health Officer Support team, a group of Chinese community leaders will deliver their third online forum of COVID-19 information, to be held this Friday.

Called "Keeping our community safe - How to respond to current COVID-19" the online forums were held twice after the outbreak, on Saturday, February 22 and Friday, April 3.

More than 30,000 members of the Chinese community have participated on the second time online live forum in April, which was double the number of people in the first one on February.

Those forums were to provide the latest information and relevant measures to handle the COVID-19 pandemic to people with both Cantonese and Mandarin speaking backgrounds.

On second forum, due to social-distancing policies introduced against COVID-19, all main speakers plus the host and MC, Georges River Councillor Nancy Liu chose to stay home or at their workplace separately but linked via three different social media tele-conferencing platforms, ZOOM, YouTube and WeChat.


Georges River Councillor Nancy Liu was hosting the forum via ZOOM on April 3.

Georges River Councillor Nancy Liu was hosting the forum via ZOOM on April 3.

Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer attended the first forum.

Dr Michelle Cretikos, who is the Senior Clinical Advisor to the Chief Health Officer representing NSW Ministry of Health, participated on April forum.

Both of them provided updates of actions against COVID-19 taken to date in NSW.

Councillor Liu said both forums were very successful and received lots of positive feedback from the Chinese community.

For the third forum on Friday, the organising team has started to collaborate with one of the Senior Medical Advisors from COVID-19 Chief Health Officer Support Team representing NSW Ministry of Health.

Councillor Liu said," I am so looking forward to working together with the same team again. They are people from different career backgrounds, generously donating their time and expertise and getting the messages out.

"They are medical professionals, IT experts and the supporting team including ZOOM, YouTube and WeChat group admins.

"Our Chinese community deserves to be praised and acknowledged for taking early action seriously and obeying current social restrictions proactively."

The main speakers who will address the online forum this Friday from 3:30pm onwards:

- Senior Medical Advisor representing NSW Ministry of Health;

- Dr Ven Tan, family doctor, owner of medical centres in Greater Sydney and Chinese community leader;

- Dr Zhen Zhang, superintendent at the Wesley Private Hospital Kogarah, President of the Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society;

- Dr Jiang Li, family doctor and Vice President of the Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society;

- Mr Tie Shen, local Chinese Traditional Medicine doctor;

Individuals and organisations are also lending their hands to support the program, who are the Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society, the Australia Chinese United Business Association Federation, Wondercity Culture Media, Australian Business Elite Club, CNOSURE Pty Ltd, Dr Clare Wong, Momo Zhang, Michael Xu, Chu Hang, Lina Zhao, Eileen Zhang, Sunny Zeng, Kelland He, Jeff Sun and Jay Jiang.

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