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[From Dr Bernadette Watson]

Dear IALSP friends and colleagues:

I have been meaning to write this blog for a few months, but it keeps getting pushed to the back of my agenda. With our wonderful conference in Edmonton, Canada, only a few weeks away, I decided, “no more delay” and I am letting you all know about the health communication research centre that I took directorship of last year.

My colleague, Research Associate, Dr Margo Turnbull, wrote up the piece featured below for our summer faculty newsletter and as it said most of things that I wanted to say, I thought I would use it. I provide a prologue to that piece here.
As you will see the Centre known as the International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication (IRCAHC) has started activities that are all inspired by language and communication. We have a logo which says we connect communities. Importantly the communities are researchers (interdisciplinary), clinicians (interprofessional) and the community patients and carers. Our idea is to bring these groups together so that we can all work together using our unique perspectives (

I suggested to our President, Maggie Pitts, that the Centre becomes affiliated with IALSP so that we can have a link on the IALSP website to news and events at IRCAHC. In this way those of you interested in health communication can see what we are doing and perhaps collaborate. If you are in Hong Kong we would welcome, you to give a talk.

Anyway, this is a hello from me and I hope we can interest your in our health communication work in Hong Kong. Below is a little about the Centre.

Warm wishes
Bernadette Watson
Director IRCAHC
The following was submitted to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Humanities, Summer Newsletter (May, 2018):


International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication

Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication (IRCAHC) has extended its research and education activities in 2018. On January 19th 2018 IRCAHC hosted a symposium entitled “Expanding horizons in health communication.” The symposium included two keynote presentations from renowned international scholars – Professor Janice Krieger (University of Florida) and Dr Daniel Angus (University of Queensland). The symposium was well attended by researchers and practitioners from across Hong Kong. Speakers discussed what health communication means across a range of contexts and what we can do to improve the translation of research findings into improvements in health care. Dr Wendy Wong (CUHK) and Blair Jin (PhD student, PolyU) presented the findings of their respective research that has been done in Hong Kong and China looking at various challenges associated with the clinical practice of traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. Importantly, the symposium marked the beginning of official partnerships between various local and international universities and IRCACH. Arrangements are currently being finalized and there are great plans for future collaborations. On 20th January Dr Daniel Angus hosted a workshop for a small group of participants to introduce the software program Discursis which can be used to aid analysis of verbal communication.


Professor Janice Krieger (left) and Dr Daniel Angus (right)


To mark the extension of IRCAHC’s research focus, the centre hosted a competition open to PolyU staff and students and the general community to design a new logo that reflected IRCAHC’s mission and vision. A number of high quality submissions were received and the winner and two runners up were announced in February. The winning logo, designed by So Lok Man, is featured below:



So Lok Man explained the design: “This logo design was inspired by the globe icon and the WHO emblem. The outline of the globe embraces the cross symbol representing the close relationship between health and global community. The color of light sky blue is chosen for its strong association with health and medicine when this color is also often used in the medical field. Most importantly, this design aims to show how IRCAHC is deeply concerned with global health issues, symbolizing its efforts and contribution to the international medical health care.”

IRCAHC has more education and research activities planned. For details please visit the website: