About Better Carer

Better Carer is a project funded by Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant and supported by SG Enable. SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities.

This project website under SG Enable is available at here.

Over the years, organizations such as OECD has highlighted the importance of tapping on the brain research and development to inform teaching and learning communities so that better pedagogies and results could be attained. Here, we based our training materials on evidence gathered through the neuroscience and educational research literatures and communities. Through this rigorously curated and translated content, we enable carers the right insights into the cognitive limitations and potentials of their loved ones, thereby creating better coping and management strategies. This leads to enhanced cognitive wellness and capabilities of the carers.

To motivate our carers, lessen their learning stress and attain optimal knowledge retention, we employ interactive and digital media to make learning interesting and fun. We use social media to connect carers and deploy social listening tools to understand their concerns and feedback. Our content is bite-sized and aims to cover the 'whys' and 'hows', and various practical discussions that attempt to fullfil the social and emotional needs of the carers. The whys are important because that they give individuals purpose and motivation. The hows are important because that help us to arrive at our goals we set to achieve. The social and emotional satisfactions are important because they build characters who can become the supporting pillars towards self-help and being a contributor in our communities. For those who prefer meeting in persons, we also hold regular group discussions at various locations convenient for the carers.

Meet the team

Behind Better Carer is a bunch of carers, academics, scientists and healthcare professionals who believe in empowering carers with the right set of knowledge. We are looking for more contributors in any shapes and forms. If you share our vision, please join us!

Adrian Kee, PhD, is the Co-Investigator of this project. He is an Assistant Professor at NIE/NTU. He specializes in mindfulness research, and tweets @keefellow.
Dr. Ong
Dr. Ong is a Co-Investigator of this project. He is a child psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health.

After obtaining his Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1999 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2001 from the National University of Singapore, Dr Ong completed his one-year Research Fellowship at New York Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) in 2005. Since his return to Singapore, Dr Ong has been deeply engaged in outpatient services for children and adolescents with psychological problems and has conducted research work in mood disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. He is a teaching faculty member at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS and DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School, and a core faculty member of the National Psychiatric Residency Programme.

Besides volunteering as a board member of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Dr Ong is also the honorary auditor of the Singapore Psychiatric Association and Chairman of the Section of Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists, under the auspices of College of Psychiatrists and Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is a frequent speaker in public forums and media interviews on child mental health issues. His authorship also spans various relevant topics on children and adolescent mental health
Faith Lum is the project partner. She is a curator by training and a budding social entrepreneur who trains and employs people with disabilities and autism with her team of local and overseas artists. She also creates programmes and processes to aid people with muscular dystrophy, visually handicap and other disabilities to create Fine Art and Artisanal Craft. To introduce art as therapy for Caregivers, her team has created affordable Art Therapy Kits to homes and for institutions.
Kian Bee is the Principal Investigator of this project. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Queensland Brain Institute, an MBA and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree. He is also an alumnus of INSEAD where he studied Corporate Governance under the International Directors Programme. He was a visiting scholar to Harvard Medical School and was actively involved in the local start-up scenes among other work. His main research interest is in understanding the neural correlates of the brain networks related to human learning and environment. He is also keenly passionate about applying neuroscience for business and marketing as he believes that the more we understand the functions and connectivity of our brains, the more we can attain better mental health and make better individual and business decisions.

Meet our guest speakers

Delphine Low

Delphine is a multi-talented individual. She spoke on the topic related to sleep and autism. She is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore where she read cell & molecular biology and pursued her interest in biomedical R&D with the Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology (now a research institute under A*STAR). She went on to join a local strategic business unit to start up education in life sciences. Following this, she obtained her MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management with University College Dublin. Melding her interests in the sciences of sports and nutrition, she advocates healthy living through natural foods diet, and sustaining fitness through sports and active living.

Meet our contributors

This project would not have been possible without the tireless contributions by many individuals, including students and parents. We like to acknowledge their contributions here by mentioning their names (not in any order). They have helped to build the content, the framework, the platform, the logic, the technical programming, the security, the games, the visuals, the innovative ideas, the user experience design and engagements, and the list goes on. T H A N K - Y O U - ALL!

  Hugo Page Zhang Mila Justine Carlo Justine Daniel Mao Jie Kai Ze
  Cecilia Lee Hai En Larissa Tan Dylan Sim Siti Celine Leong Zheng Yu
  Yok Hung Wei Lin Nisha Darren Ng Donovan Ng