Inauguration Ceremony of Hong Kong Reproductive Nurses and Counsellors Association
The impact of reproductive failure is not merely physical but also psychological. Most couples who seek fertility treatment at assisted reproductive centers have endured a painful emotional journey before deciding to undergo treatment. For many, fertility treatment represents their last hope in realizing their dream of becoming parents. However, once the treatment begins, they find themselves on an emotional roller coaster. One moment, couples are filled with excitement and feel closer to achieving their goal of having a baby. The next moment, they are overwhelmed by a sense of loss of control when faced with failed or poor treatment outcomes. Couples undergoing fertility treatment require psychological care to support them throughout the process. Unfortunately, there is currently no official platform in Hong Kong that specializes in reproductive counseling to address the specific needs of these couples.
Responding to the growing public demand, The Hong Kong Society for Reproductive Medicine (HKSRM) has established the Hong Kong Reproductive Nurses and Counsellors Association (HKRENCA) with the support of HKSRM. HKRENCA's primary objective is to promote collaboration and communication among nurses, social workers, counsellors, and psychologists involved in the field of reproductive medicine in Hong Kong. Additionally, HKRENCA aims to organize educational initiatives that enhance the professional growth of its members, enabling them to provide counselling care of the highest standard.
The first inauguration ceremony of HKRENCA was successfully held on 4 August 2023, attracting over forty OG specialists, nurses, social workers, counsellors, and psychologists who are active in reproductive medicine from nearly twenty institutions.
The HKRENCA was launched by officiating guests, including Professor Li Tin Chiu, the Head of The Department of Reproductive Medicine at Union Hospital, Professor Ng Hung Yu Ernest, the Clinical Professor of The Centre of Assisted Reproduction and Embryology at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Dr. Chung Pui Wah Jacqueline, Director of the Assisted Reproductive Unit at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the President of HKSRM, and Dr. Li Hang Wun Raymond, the Head of Reproductive Medicine of The Centre of Assisted Reproduction and Embryology at HKU.
We were also pleased to invite Professor Chan Hoi Yan Celia, the Deputy Head of The Department of Social Work and Social Administration at HKU, and Dr. Cheung Wing Ching Cosy, the Clinical Psychologist of The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at CUHK, in the inaugural symposium and dinner.
The first term of council members has been elected:
Ms. Tse Wai Sze Astor
Ms. Cheung Wai Man
Dr. Cheung Wing Ching Cosy
Ms. Kam Sze Ming
Ms. Kwok Ka Ying
Ms. Ng Yuen Yee
Prof. Chan Hoi Yan Celia
Ms. Cheung Mei Chun
Ms. Cheung Ying Ying Kristy
Ms. Hui Kam Bik Crystal
Ms. Kwok Sau Mei Sandy
We extend our heartfelt congratulations on the establishment of HKRENCA. It brings us great joy to witness the progress and dedication of HKRENCA, and we eagerly anticipate learning about its valuable contributions to our society.