Compulsory Mental Health Treatment in Hong Kong: Which Way Forward ?


25 Aug, 2017 - 26 Aug, 2017


9:00 am to 6:00pm
9:00 am to 6:00pm


Large Moot Court, 2/F, Faculty of Law, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong



About the conference:


Mental Health Conference Poster - for academic

In HK, the Mental Health Ordinance (Cap136) has been the primary legislation tasked with the purpose of ensuring adequate mental health care as well as protecting patients’ rights. However, implementation of the Mental Health Ordinance has presented difficulties in practice, and variances in its implementation have sometimes led to legal dilemmas.

This two-day conference seeks to address some of these issues, beginning the process of developing a roadmap for reform. We will explore broad issues in compulsory mental health treatment from a comparative perspective, as well as how these issues manifest themselves in hospital and community mental health practice. The roundtable discussions will bring together the progress made across both days to put together suggestions for policy reform in Hong Kong.

The conference will be of interest to researchers, clinicians and legal practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the legal and ethical justifications for compulsory treatment, through a dynamic interaction with experts in mental health ethics and law from across the globe.

Speakers & Panelists:

Judge Mark Hinchliffe (Deputy President of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal)

Professor Peter Bartlett (University of Nottingham)

Professor John Dawson (University of Otago)

Professor John McMillan (University of Otago)

Professor Carole Petersen (University of Hawaii)

Professor Lucy Frith (University of Liverpool)

Dr Eric Cheung (Kwong Wah Hospital)

Dr Bonnie Siu (Castle Peak Hospital)

Dr Eileena Chui (Queen Mary Hospital)

Professor Samson Tse  (The University of Hong Kong)

Dr Ng Siu Man (The University of Hong Kong)

Ms Daisy Cheung (The University of Hong Kong)

Conference fees:

For Public:

  1. Full registration: HKD$800 (HKD$400 per day)
  2. Early bird (register before 30 Jun): HKD$600

For staff of Hospital Authority / Department of Health:

  1. Full registration : HKD$600 (HKD$300 per day)
  2. Early bird (register before 30 Jun): HKD$400

For HKU staff/students and Invited Guests:  Free of Charge


Please register HERE.

Speaker and Panelist Biographies

Conference Programme

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