Osler Gives Back
Giving Back to the community
Compassion is one of our core values. Osler Health was created with a belief that society is interconnected, and we must do what we can for those around us. As medical practitioners we have a great opportunity to help others through our skills.
We have developed two corporate social responsibility programmes:
1. Pro Bono Giving Back clinic – providing free cervical cancer tests to foreign domestic workers
2. Pro Bono Performing Arts Musicians’ Clinic – providing specialist care for young talent at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore.
Both of these programmes are supported by the wonderful support staff and doctors at Osler Health.
1. Giving Back to Foreign Domestic Workers
Also known as a ‘silent killer’, cervical cancer often produces no signs or symptoms in its early stages. It is the second most common cancer in women, and is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in women between age 35 and 44. Regular PAP tests are fundamental to early detection and treatment.
Many families living in Singapore are fortunate enough to have domestic help. Many of these women do not know having a PAP test is important in their protection against cervical cancer.
While cervical cancer incidence and deaths have been on the decline in first world countries like the United States and those in Europe, the incidence of cervical cancer in less developed countries remains high. This is predominately due to a lack of knowledge and testing.
If caught early, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. We would like to ensure that the domestic helpers in Singapore have access to the same cervical cancer programmes that are routinely offered to women in other countries. These programmes are proven to be successful in reducing mortality rates and as doctors we know how important early identification is in health outcomes.
We will provide a free cervical cancer test for all the domestic helpers of existing patients. Osler Health absorbs the doctors time, clinic time and laboratory costs. There is no cost to the helper or the employer. We are delighted to extend this pro bono clinic to both our Raffles Hotel Arcade and our Star Vista clinic.
Next Giving Back Clinic
As this service is very popular, helper slots will be booked on a first come first serve basis. Want to book? Once you have registered as a patient please send an email to: email@example.com.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and we will confirm a date ASAP. (We kindly ask you to note that this opportunity is for the helpers of our patients).
2. Performing Arts Musicians’ Clinic
Dr June Tan Sheren supports young talent through a pro bono Musicians’ Clinic for students of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), National University of Singapore.
YSTCM helps nurture some of the most gifted young musicians in Singapore today. As aspiring musicians, both their physical and mental wellbeing are vital in the successful pursuit of their passion.
Dr June and YSTCM are aligned in supporting these young people to ensure their physical and mental health through Performing Arts Medicine (PAM). PAM is a branch of occupational medicine that formally addresses the medical concerns of those who play musical instruments, sing or dance. It covers the overall health, prevention and management of injuries related to artists of all types as they practice their craft.
Performing Arts Musicians’ Clinic
Not only is Dr June a respected Family Physician (GP), but she also specialises in Performing Arts Medicine (PAM). This means she is well placed to guide young musicians through their health concerns in a confidential and caring clinic. This is a pro bono clinic with no cost bourne by the musicians or YSTCM. Dr June also serves as a medical advisor to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
As an amateur musician herself (cello and piano), she has a deep affinity for musicians’ health and wellbeing. If you have a musician or performer in your life who may need physical or mental support, please contact our clinic.