Inaugural Message from the President of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society
Ng Ying Ming
Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics - Its Inception, Growth and Transformation
Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics is the medical journal for the Hong Kong child health profession. The journal provides venue for the publication of research work done in this locality and for the dissemination of data that are relevant to our community. It also serves as a forum where opinions regarding child health problems can be expressed and freely discussed. It also records the proceedings of the scientific and clinical meetings of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society throughout the year.
From 1984 to 1995, it is the official Journal of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society. Starting 1996, it will be the official publication of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society and the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians.
Dr. Tsao Yen Chow, one of our past presidents, revealed that the idea of putting out a publication by the Hong Kong Paediatric Society was mooted as early as 1964. However, the paediatric community was quite small at that time and there were only two paediatric units in the public hospitals and only a few paediatricians in private practice. The idea was therefore not pursued until many years later when the paediatric community had grown in size and the Hong Kong Paediatric Society (HKPS) has developed a larger variety of scientific and clinical activities.
Dr. CW Chan, Dr. Sam Lau and Dr. Henry Au-Yeung renewed the interest in 1983 when Dr. Chan was the President of the Society. They invited Dr. YC Tsao to head the editorial team with Dr. Lau as the Executive Editor and Dr. Au Yeung the Business Editor. Other members were also invited to join the Editorial Board. In August 1984, the first issue of the Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics was published.
The Journal, under the guidance of these able editors, and with support and contribution of the local paediatricians, has published regular issues twice yearly in March and September over the past 12 years. There were also significant overseas contributions. The quality of the submissions has been very good and information and data of studies and research published are useful for the local community and other paediatric colleagues. Throughout the years, the only constraint is finance which the editors have tried their best to iron out the problem. In the past years, the journal has been thriving very well and has proven to be one of the best in the region.
The Hong Kong College of Paediatricians (HKCPaed) was established in 1993 and its role in the continued medical education of paediatricians, conducting examinations and accreditation is well recognized. In 1994, the Council of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society felt that the Society and the College should join forces and perhaps have a common official publication for the benefit of the local paediatric community. This move is to foster comradeship between the 2 organizations and to avoid duplication of effort of local paediatricians. A preparatory committee with members from the two organizations was formed in 1994 to look into this possibility. The final report for a joint publication was favourable and was agreed upon and approved by the two respective Councils.
The new editorial board, consisting of 1 Chief Editor, 2 Associate Editors, 7 members (one of them preferably a paediatric surgeon) and 2 ex-official members (president or representative from the Council of the HKCPaed and HKPS), held its first meeting in January 1995. After due discussions, members decided to retain the name the "Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics" but to denote the new venture by the addendum of "New Series" and new design in the cover and text. The new journal would be registered as a limited company and the first issue of the new series would appear in April 1996.
The Editors and editorial members have come a long, hard way to have nurtured the Journal in the past 12 years. I would like to move a vote of thanks to them all for their dedicated effort and their contribution to paediatrics throughout the years.
The new series, with the effort from the two organizations and all workers in the field, will definitely flourish and teem with high standard articles from local and overseas contributors. I hope the Journal will enjoy even greater success in the years to come.
Ng Ying Ming ( 吳彥明 )