- Department jointly organised, with the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, the inaugural Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium.
- Commissioned by the Centre of Psycho-pedagogical Support and Special Education of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, Macau SAR, the Department conducted the first skills-training course for school teachers in Macau who are involved in teaching students with speech or communication disabilities.
- The Department was invited to perform the first bone anchored hearing aid implantation in China.
- Department co-organised the Second World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Conference in Macau with the World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Federation and Macao Association of Otorhinolaryngology (now renamed the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery).
- Department established The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Nanshan Hospital Joint Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Training Centre cum Microsurgical and Endoscopic Skills Laboratory in Shenzhen, China.
- Department launched the Certificate Programme in Basic Audiometry to train audiometricians or assistants to optimise the audiological services provided by improving the cost-effectiveness of professional consultations and by ensuring competence of all personnel in the field.
- CUHK Affiliated Academic Unit of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery established at the United Christian Hospital to formalise the relationship between CUHK and the hospital and to allow a more systematic framework for further enhancing academic and research development as well as service delivery within the specialty of ENT and related disciplines.
- Professor Michael Tong and his team performed the first vibrant soundbridge middle ear implantation in Asia.
- Professor C A van Hasselt and Professor Michael Tong performed the first two cochlear implantations using an advanced device with improved in-vivo robustness of the electrode in response to trauma and improved manufacturability of the electrode for paediatric patients in Asia.
- Division of Speech Therapy launched a Social Thinking handbook named “社交思考「六面」睇 – ILAUGH 實用手冊” jointly with Caritas – Hong Kong and the Education Bureau, HKSAR.
- Department signed Memorandums of Understanding for academic collaboration with three mainland China institutions, namely, the Otolaryngology Hospital of the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou; the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Cancer Centre of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou; and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, People’s Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
- Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Collaborations with the House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
- Professor Michael Tong and his team implanted the first totally implantable hearing aid in Asia.
- Department organised Lecture Course and Workshop on Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES), now a regular event, for local ENT surgeons and speech therapists.
- The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery officially formed in August and became a full academic department of Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- The Department continued to reinforce academic exchanges and to promote training and medical research with institutes in mainland China. A Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Collaborations was signed with the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Shenzhen Sixth People’s Hospital (Nanshan Hospital).
- Division organised a launching seminar with Professor Kathy Lee introducing test administration and clinical application of the Cantonese Basic Speech Perception Test (CBSPT). The CBSPT is so far the only validated and standardised assessment tool for measuring basic speech perception ability of the Cantonese-speaking population.
- As the result of an international collaborative study, the Division became the copyright holder of the Chinese version of the Rhinitis Symptom Utility Index (RSUI-C). The index, which is a validated measurement tool for the evaluation of rhinitis symptoms, is useful for both clinical and economic studies pertaining to the Chinese population.
- Division organised the first International Facial Plastic Training Workshop for ENT Surgeons.
- The first CUHK ENT Conference was organised and is now an annual international event.
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