Address by President,
Society of Singapore
The Perinatal Society of Singapore (PSS) was inaugurated on 11 March 1989 by enthusiastic obstetricians, neonatologists and healthcare related activists & workers, who were keen to raise interest and improve quality in the care of mother and child in Singapore.
To improve care of mother and child, the mission and aims of the society were thus multifold, namely:
1. To promote the health and welfare of the fetus and newborn;
2. To promote better rapport between different disciplines in the field of perinatal healthcare;
3. To undertake continuing education in perinatal care at levels of medical practice by means of conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.;
4. To identify areas of deficiency within our perinatal care set-up so as to concentrate efforts to improve future strategies;
5. To standardize perinatal data collection and documentation;
6. To encourage research in the field of perinatal medicine;
7. To establish a close working relationship with government and non-government agencies involved in activities and programmes for perinatal healthcare; and
8. To disseminate information on the objectives and methods of perinatal care to health professions and the general public.
Throughout the 26 years of PSS existence, there were many organized activities which served the mission of the society well. Many members had contributed tremendous time and efforts in these society’s varied activities. The society and its members can indeed be proud to have contributed significantly to the care of mother and child in Singapore and our region.
We, as a perinatal society, are focused on working on optimal Child and Maternal Health, a goal of UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were officially established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations (UN) in 2000. The MDGs encapsulate eight globally agreed goals in the areas of poverty alleviation, education, gender equality and empowerment of women, child and maternal health, environmental sustainability, reducing HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, and building a global partnership for development. This focus of our society on Child and Maternal Health will still continue and may evolve when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a set of similar UN goals proposed in 2012, replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), once they expire at the end of 2015.
As a member of ASEAN group of countries, PSS is keen to establish links with perinatal societies of regional neighbors ,contribute towards the development of healthcare expertise in the region and learn from the experience of our regional partners.
The Perinatal Society of Singapore was also one of the earliest societies to have a website in 1990s. This new revamped comprehensive website at www.perinatal.sg (launched in June 2015) will further enhance the mission of our society. We hope this new PSS website will be useful for healthcare personnel, patients and you!
Prof TAN Kok Hian
President Perinatal Society of Singapore (2013 to 2015)
1 June 2015