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Community Health Academy

The Community Health Academy (CHA) is a community educational outreach effort by SKH to train interested members of the public in a core set of medical knowledge and skills to:

  • Achieve a realistic and effective sense of personal empowerment in health and medical-related matters
  • Explore potentials in volunteerism in a healthcare setting and the community

Training Overview (the order of the modules are not set)

Module 2:  Life-threatening Situations

Module sessionSpeakersObjectives
Heartsaver & AEDMs Leaw Bee Leng 1. To be able to perform one man CPR & AED

2. To be able to relieve foreign body airway obstruction in conscious adult
StrokeDr Dominic Chen  1. To identify a stroke and to recognise it as a medical emergency

2. To learn about the various treatments for stroke
Chest pain and heart attackDr Nausheen Edwin Doctor 1. To learn about causes of chest pain (Cardiac and Non-Cardiac, Life threatening VS non-Life threatening )

2. To be able to identify red flags of chest pain and implement immediate actions

3. To learn about heart attack, complications and hospital treatments

4. To recognise cardiac arrest and take immediate action (DARE Progamme)
Acute breathlessnessDr Lau Hong  Khai1. To gain a brief understanding of the structure of the respiratory system

2. To appreciate how different diseases can cause breathlessness

3. To learn how to recognise a person with breathing difficulties and what to do in such a situation
Childhood injury prevention: falls, drowning, chokingEmergency Medicine doctors
  1. To learn causes & prevention of drowning, falls, RTAs
  2. To raise safety awareness at the community level

1st aid (including seizures, faint) Emergency Medicine doctors
  1. To be able to recognise situations where you can apply 1st Aid to, and when to go to the ED.
  2. To be able to practise or perform first aid in a variety of situations.
  3. To be able to recognise a seizure from a faint
  4. To be able to response with appropriate first aid.
  5. To be able to communicate effectively with the emergency personnel as a witness and facilitate handover.

Module 3: Health & Wellness

Module sessionSpeakersObjectives
Social and financial health resources: Navigating your way through the various schemesMs Alicia Foo Si Min1. To achieve a general understanding of commonly used social and financial schemes (health-related)
2. To know how to obtain information from appropriate sources
Lifestyle habits:  Exercise Ms Mah Shi Min, Ms Tay Ee Ling, Ms Bernice Liu Peiyi1. To appreciate the benefits of physical exercise

2. To learn how to advise on general recommendations for exercise: frequency, intensity etc

3. To know the different types of exercise:  CV, strengthening, flexibility etc
Lifestyle habits:  SmokingMr Mark Kenneth Rozario1. To dispell myths surrounding smoking

2. To catergorise lay terms for continuing to smoke into technicals categories for targeted interventions

3. To appreciate smokers-perspective

4. To acquire practical tips on talking to patients about quiting smoking and seeking resources
Lifestyle habits:  DrinkingDr Victor Kwok 1. To distinguish between Social and excessive drinking
2. To understand health and social consequences of excessive drinking
3. To be aware of the available community resources to get help from
Lifestyle habits:  DietMs Phoebe Tay
Ms Cherie Tong
1. To learn basic knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating, including food label reading, modifying recipe and meal planning.
Travel and vaccination

Dr Luke Low Sher Guan



1. To learn tips on safe travel practices

2. To learn about medicines (include vaccines) to use to prevent and treat travel-related illnesses
Cancer screeningProf Koo Wen Hsin 1. To appreciate one's risk of developing cancer

2. To learn and distinguish about screening and prevention of the common cancers in Singapore
Ageing and fallsDr Simon Stacey1. To appreciate the importance and risks of falls
2. To learn how to prevent falls and fractures

For more information, download our brochures:

Testimonials and feedback from previous participants:

“Thanks SKH for conducting this course. Would like to see more community education courses as they are very practical and I can learn useful knowledge, for self and for caring of others.”

“Learnt a lot from all the doctors, thank you.”

“Good practical knowledge that clears the air about all the misconceptions that the public might have.”