Join us in our conversations on how we can empower and support our caregivers who play an indispensable role in the caregiving journey of our patients.

Through a quantitative survey of over 100 caregivers conducted by the Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC), learn about the key challenges that caregivers of people with life-limiting illnesses faced that are brought about by COVID-19 pandemic and inflationary pressures.


Event Details


Thursday, 6th April 2023

9am to 5pm

Furama RiverFront Hotel (405 Havelock Road, Singapore 169633)



Professor Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health 


Admission is free on a first-come-first-serve basis. Lunch and Tea Break will be provided.

CME / CPE points will be accredited. 




Registration has closed. 


Key Speakers


Ms Chee Wai Yee, Master Practitioner in Palliative Social Work

Ms Chee Wai Yee is a veteran social worker who enjoys pioneering programmes when she identifies service gaps. She was at the helm of Grief Matters, rallying support for and to highlight the needs of the bereaved. As the former Head of Psychosocial Care with Dover Park Hospice, Ms Chee remembers fondly the collaboration with the multidisciplinary team then to deliver person-centred care to both patients and their caregivers. Since receiving her MSc in Palliative Care from King’s College London, she has helped built training curriculum in palliative care for social workers and healthcare professionals, contributed in several committees that promote advance care planning, patient and family advocacy, psychosocial care for palliative care patients and their caregivers, including bereavement support. Ms Chee has received the Outstanding Social Worker award from the President of Singapore in 2016. 


Dr Mervyn Koh, Medical Director, Dover Park Hospice

With over 25 years of medical experience, Dr Mervyn Koh currently serves as the Medical Director at Dover Park Hospice where he oversees all medical services and leads a multi-disciplinary team in providing quality patient care. He is also a Senior Consultant, Palliative Care Physician and Geriatrician at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. With a specialisation in palliative and end-of-life care, Dr Koh actively  contributes to the palliative research and education scene to build and nurture capabilities through various education projects and lectures. He has since published multiple papers and research projects, as well as books and book chapters pertaining to palliative medicine, hospice care and medical leadership. Dr Koh was awarded the Physician Leadership Excellence Award at the Asian Hospital Management Award in 2016, the National University of Singapore (NUS) Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018 and NHG Outstanding Citizen Award in 2021.

Dr Koh is a member of the Palliative Medicine Specialist Training Committee and is a Board Member of the Singapore Hospice Council.


Dr Lim Wen Phei, Deputy Clinical Director, Education and Training, Woodlands Health (WH)

Dr Lim Wen Phei is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Clinical Director for Training and Education with Woodlands Health (WH). She is currently practising in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where she first developed her interest and training in palliative psychiatry. She is also a Visiting Consultant to Dover Park Hospice. Dr Lim’s primary practice is consultation-liaison psychiatry, with a particular interest in palliative psychiatry and psycho-oncology. She was awarded the Healthcare Manpower Development Programme in 2019 to pursue her fellowship in Psycho-Oncology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia. Her clinical work involves working with healthcare professionals in palliative medicine and oncology in acute care services and hospice and community care. Dr Lim is interested in the role of medical psychotherapy in helping palliative care providers develop a holistic approach to managing psychological issues in end-of-life care. 

Dr Lim is the Chairperson for the WH Wellness, Resilience, Care and Engagement (WellCARE) Staff Support Programme and advises the programme on managing staff affected by workplace-related distress. She also sits on the NHG Residency Resident Wellness Committee and provides consultation on psychological resilience, burnout and adaptive coping in trainees. 


Ms Lai Phui Ching, Director, Primary & Community Care Development, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)

Ms Lai Phui Ching is a director in the Primary and Community Care Development Division, AIC. She oversees service development for centre-based care, home care and nursing homes. In this role, she works towards building and strengthening care options and service accessibility to support ageing in place for seniors and caregivers in the community. Before joining AIC, Ms Lai was with the National Healthcare Group for more than a decade, supporting quality and patient safety initiatives and driving public-private collaborations. 




9.00am Welcome Address
Dr Jeremy Lim, Chairman, Dover Park Hospice
9.10am Opening Remarks
Professor Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
9.20am Keynote: Empowering Future Family Caregivers of Patients on Palliative Care
Ms Chee Wai Yee, Master Practitioner in Palliative Care Social Work
10.00am Q&A
10.15am PalC Caregivers Study – “Voices of Caregivers”
Dr Mervyn Koh, Medical Director, Dover Park Hospice
10.45am Q&A
11.00am  Tea Break 
11.15am Sharing by Ms Joyce Lee, Former Caregiver of Dover Park Hospice
11.30am Sharing by Ms Daisy Lim, Former Caregiver of Dover Park Hospice
11.45am Panel Discussion: The Future Landscape of Caregivers Support in Singapore


  • Ms Chee Wai Yee, Master Practitioner in Palliative Care Social Work
  • Ms Lai Phui Ching, Director, Primary & Community Care Development Division, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)
  • Ms Joyce Lee, former Caregiver of Dover Park Hospice
  • Ms Daisy Lim, former Caregiver of Dover Park Hospice

Moderator: Ms Martha Ng, Head of Social Work and Psychosocial Services, Dover Park Hospice

12.20pm  Lunch
1.30pm Experiential Activities for Caregivers 
Dover Park Hospice Social Work and Psychosocial Services Team
 2.30pm Caregiver Support in Action

  • Assisi Hospice
  • Dementia Singapore
  • HCA Hospice Care
3.40pm  Tea Break
4.00pm Understanding the Psychological Impact of Caregiving in Palliative Care
Dr Lim Wen Phei, Deputy Clinical Director, Education and Training, Woodlands Health
4.30pm  Q&A
4.45pm Closing Remarks
Dr Liew Li Lian, CEO, Dover Park HospiceTribute Song for Caregivers composed by “Project Gift of Song” 
5pm End 



For any enquiries, please contact jenny_goo@doverpark.sg or call 6500 7268.