The Sau Po Centre on Ageing is a leading research centre on gerontology in greater China and in the Asian Pacific region. A distinguished identity has been successfully established through joint efforts of our interdisciplinary team and solid partnerships with diversified stakeholders. We have been playing a crucial role in shaping policy directions and best practice models on long-term care, mental health, aging in-place, family caregiving, meaningful aging, age-friendly community over the past decades. The Centre is well recognized as an independent and professional research institute with high academic research output and significant social impact to the ageing population, in echo of the University’s ‘3+1 Is’.
The Centre closely collaborates with members from multidisciplines, such as geriatricians, nurses, gerontologists, sociologists, social workers, policy researchers, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, biomedical scientists, engineers, neurosciences, sport scientists, etc. Our work is aligned with the University’s Strategic Research Theme (SRT) on ‘Ageing’ under the merging theme of ‘Community’. Our members had joined hands to form a programme on ‘Psychosocial Research on Ageing’ since 2013. This SRT has strengthened the synergistic relationship among our members and enhanced our ability to conduct innovative research on psychosocial and policy aspects of ageing. The deliverables include increased success rate of General Research Fund application, publications in top-ranked journals, innovation on long-term care policy and retirement protection policy, joint supervision of Post-doctoral Fellows and research postgraduate students among team members, and attention of external research grants.
The Centre has established decades of partnership with the Hong Kong SAR Government on elderly-related policy making. The team has developed innovative models and evidence-based practices to meet the diverse needs of the ageing population in Hong Kong. Our consultancy work has been shaping the development of long-term care policies and programmes in Hong Kong since 2000s. From the implementation of the Standardized Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services, followed by the adoption of the Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly, to a recent three-year project to enhance the infrastructure of the long-term care system by translating and validating the interRAI-HC 9.3 Home Care and Long-term Care Facility manuals and assessment forms into Hong Kong Chinese, the team will be commissioned by the Government again to develop a technology assisted training programme for professional assessment using interRAI-HC 9.3; and to train and accredit professional accessors. This will contribute to a territory-wide executive capacity building in the long-term care development. Other than the long-term care initiatives, the Centre has also been conducting different innovative studies such as age-friendly city; ageing-in-place; meaningful ageing; active and healthy ageing; and social determinants of well-being, etc.
 The Hong Kong Chinese version of interRAI 9.3 Home Care (HC) and Long-term Care Facility (LTCF) manuals and assessment forms are available at interRAI PrintTM Catalog (https://catalog.interrai.org/language/hong-kong-chinese)
The Centre, as a host of the only two interRAI local fellows, is the hub for researchers and practitioners on purposing high quality care through big data. We have worked closely with HKSAR Government on developing and continuously improve the long-term care service system in Hong Kong. Our contributions have been highly recognized by local and international communities. Our members and fellows are representing Hong Kong to attend global interRAI conferences on latest developments. We have been hosting various international seminars on topics of long-term care, dementia care, family caregiving, cross-border elderly care, healthy and active ageing, productive and positive ageing, etc. Moreover, the Centre is well partnered with local and overseas ageing centres, to name a few, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University in St. Louis; Institute of Gerontology, King's College London; University of Lapland doctoral school in culture centered service design; Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo; Population and Development Studies Center, Renmin University of China; Institute of population study, Peking University; and NUS Enterprise, National University of Singapore, etc.
In recent six years, the Centre has been directly contracted or sponsored to undertake a total of 36 research projects with total external funding $66,460,000 by the Government, charitable organizations and NGOs. Apart from generating social impact, our studies have yielded excellent research outputs: over the past five years, our researchers have published 92 journal articles, 85 conference papers or presentations, 13 books authored/ book chapters; and some were in top journals (i.e. those with high impact factor and top 10% ranking). The Centre has also contributed to professional capacity building through organizing different educational programmes to cater the needs of continuing education of the social service sector.
The Centre’s international role in the Western countries and the mainland China; our long-term partnership with the Government, NGOs and the community; our assets on knowledge building in various ageing studies; excellent academic outputs; and social impacts have remarkably made us a leading player in gerontology research.