Advancing work, health and well-being in rural and urban Malaysia
Citizen health and wellbeing is a fundamental pillar of sustainable development in Malaysia. Wellbeing is a priority in Malaysia’s Vision 2020. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015 reveals that Malaysia is making positive progress in meeting certain MDGs. Responding to the Malaysian government’s call for initiatives to alleviate social welfare issues, the Newton Researcher Links Workshop was organised to discuss four key themes:
- Health and wellbeing in urban areas
- Health and wellbeing in rural areas
- Work and wellbeing
- Healthcare provision, social welfare and economic development
The five-day workshop was jointly coordinated by Dr Au Wee Chan (School of Business, Monash University Malaysia) and Dr Ahmed Mostafa (Warwick Business School, University of Warwick). The workshop attended by 40 academics from the UK and Malaysia, provided the perfect avenue for the exchange of ideas on the latest research developments, engaging relevant stakeholders, and also to explore further collaboration to tackle ongoing as well as emerging challenges.
A workshop highlight were fieldtrips to the Southeast Asia Community Observatory (SEACO) research platform located in the Segamat District, Johor; Hospital Segamat (Public Hospital in Segamat District); and Klinik Kesihatan Segamat. Attendees had the opportunity to have open dialogues and discussions with the top management of hospital and clinics, including Director of Hospital Segamat (Dr Mohtar Bin Haji Ahmed) who gave them insights into health and well-being from the perspective of a public health provider.
The workshop also facilitated a sharing session where academics presented their research works and proposals. Topics presented included the following:
- “Rural tourism as an avenue to improve the well-being of host communities” by Dr Joo-Ee Gan (Monash University Malaysia)
- “An ergonomic study on Malaysian firefighters for back injury using marker-based motion capture” by Dr Mohd Hafiidz Jaafar (University Science Malaysia)
- Employee wellbeing in the maritime industry by Dr Wessam Abouarghoub (Cardiff University,UK)
- “It’s not me, it’s you! The impacts of psychopathic manager behaviour on employee engagement and psychological well-being at work” by Dr Sinem Bulkan (University of Reading, UK)
- “Social Media and Work-Family Interface: Conflict or Enrichment?” by Dr. Mina Beigi (University of Southampton, UK)
This workshop is supported by the Netwon Researcher Links grant, under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund partnership. The grant is funded by Academy Sciences of Malaysia (ASM) and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and delivered by the British Council.