Message from Chair of Steering Committee of the Centre

Advances in genomic and genetic technologies are shaping the nursing profession across the entire continuum of care, and impacting all nurses regardless of their academic preparation, roles and clinical specialties. Nurses, as the single largest group of health care providers, are expected to play a key role in bringing the benefits of genomics and genetics to everyday nursing practice.

However, deficits in genomic/genetic literacy and awareness in nursing and other health professions are widely acknowledged. In order to pool the efforts of nursing communities worldwide in promoting genomic nursing, the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance (G2NA) was formed in 2017 to serve as the unified international voice for advancing and integrating genomics into nursing practice.

As a leading nursing institution in Hong Kong and in Asia, the Nethersole School of Nursing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is well prepared to make proactive contributions in this area. We have already established a basic science laboratory in 2015 to facilitate the integration of basic sciences into our nursing research and education. In 2019, we have taken the initiative to establish this Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre – the first nursing centre of its kind in Hong Kong.

This new Centre aims to promote nursing in genomic/genetic health care and accelerate the integration of genomics and genetics across everyday nursing practice in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region. By joining the international effort, the Centre is expected to take a leading role in transforming nursing policy, practice, education and research to be mindful of genomic and genetic technologies and their implications for individuals and societies in local, national and regional contexts.

The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to recognise the significant contributions of nurses and midwives to global health and advocate for increased investments in this workforce, for which investment to increase genomic/genetic literacy is expected to be a priority area. The establishment of this Centre is our robust response to this call, while we are celebrating this special and memorable year.

With the Centre, our School is now in an advantageous position to promote genomic and genetic nursing to achieve a brighter future for health in Hong Kong, mainland China, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

 

Professor CHAIR Sek Ying
Chair, Steering Committee
Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre

The Nethersole School of Nursing
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor CHAIR Sek Ying
Chair, Steering Committee
Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre

The Nethersole School of Nursing
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Message from Director of the Centre

Genomics and genetics are the basis for improving the prediction, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases, thus integrating into all facets of health care.  Genomic information can significantly impact health outcomes, quality and safety. At the front-line of care, nurses have a pivotal role in incorporating genomic and genetic discoveries into practice leading to better disease prevention and health improvement. It is therefore important for nurses to have essential knowledge and skills in these fields, and be knowledgeable about their implications to global health care.

The Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre established at the Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK is the first initiative in Hong Kong promoting nurses/nursing to incorporate genomic and genetic technologies into health care and integrating them into nursing practice in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region.

With this Centre, we are committed to making major contributions in the areas of research, education, consultancy services, and knowledge transfer in genomics and genetics. Specifically, our expected contributions may at least include:

  • integrating genomic and genetic components into nursing curricula at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • building nurses’ capacities in using genomic and genetic information, technologies and services to assure high quality of care;
  • providing consultancy services on the integration of genomics and genetics into nursing and health care;
  • informing policy makers with new insights into issues in improving health quality in the areas of genomics and genetics; and
  • initiating regional and international collaborations to expand the reach and impact of integrating genomics and genetics into health care within and across disciplines.

In other words, the Centre is expected to serve as a hub for fostering the scientific and professional growth of nurses in genomics and genetics, and facilitating their integration of such information and technologies into nursing education, research and practice, in order to inform health policy and optimise health care outcomes.

Global concerted efforts are crucial to achieving wider and greater impacts of genomics and genetics on health outcomes and quality. Our centre will collaborate with different genomics nursing initiatives and alliances such as the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance (G2NA) to facilitate nursing profession to realise their full potentials for improving health care for all mankind, and to incorporate them into nursing practice.

We look forward to working collaboratively with societies or networks of nurses from around the world to achieve this shared mission.

 

Professor CHIEN Wai Tong
Director
Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre
The Nethersole School of Nursing
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor CHIEN Wai Tong
Director
Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre
The Nethersole School of Nursing
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong