BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, MONDAY, 3rd August 2020 – The Brunei Students’ Union in the United Kingdom and Eire (BSUnion) and the Global Awareness & Impact Alliance (GAIA) hosted one of a three-part seminar series on Monday evening, the 3rd of August 2020 at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The series aims to give students an opportunity to talk about topics related to their titles of study in accordance with the theme of ‘Building a Post-Pandemic Global Society’. The topic for the evening was ‘Refocusing Health Policies’ in which the seminars presented investigate how various aspects of the health sectors have been redefined by the pandemic.The series is open to the public, thus, in attendance were the members of the BSUnion Student Council as well as members of the public which ranged from UBD medical and dentistry students to the general public.
The event started with opening remarks from Mr Naveed Khan, the Co-Founder of GAIA and Mr Michael Shie, the Vice President for Regional Coordination, BSUnion. It then proceeded to the seminars led by student speakers - Vanessa Ang, a 2nd Year Law LLB student from the University of Bristol talked about ‘Staying OK in a not-so-OK world: Keeping our mental health in check’ and Jia Hui Lim, a 4th Year BHSc Dentistry student from the University of Glasgow talked about ‘The impact of COVID-19 on the dental community’ whereas Syafiq Syahrudin, a 3rd Year BSc Occupational Therapy student from the University of Essex presented the ‘Value of Occupation in regard to health’. In addition to the aforementioned panel of speakers, Dr. Justin Wong, a Public Health Policy Expert from the Ministry of Health had also given a seminar to offer an expertise insight to the topic at hand.
The seminars were moderated by Dr Asyura Salleh, Co-Founder of GAIA who highlighted the importance and abided by the Chatham House Rules in which the discussions that have been exchanged are not to be associated with the individual speaking it. The discussions ranged from mental health to dentistry to other aspects of various health policies. A key takeaway was the importance of applying a holistic approach to Health in all policies and the importance of health education in itself.
After the seminars, the event continued with a light discussion consisting of a Q&A where the floor was opened up to everyone in attendance. For more information on the upcoming seminar sessions or to learn more, visit the BSU website at www.bsunion.org or the GAIA website at www.gaiaalliance.co. The next seminars will be on the 6th of August 2020 discussing ideas on ‘Restructuring the Regional Economy’ and 13th August 2020 on ‘Reshaping Social Policy’