Health and Systems Thinking Annual meeting



  • Thomas Sui Leung WONG Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd
  • EC HUANG Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute


World Health Organization WHO, five elements systemic healthcare 五行健康系統養生, Unity in Diversity多樣性統一, Health and Systems Thinking SIG 系統思維特別整合分組, TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine 中醫學


The World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of health in their constitution is: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” We, the Health and Systems Thinking Special Integration Group SIG, employ the Chinese five elements systems theory to categorize health systems into physical health (Earth), mental health (Wood), emotional health (Fire), behavioural health (Metal), and spiritual health (Water). This categorization would provide a systemic view for health systems and individual health, and could establish a platform to incorporate different Ancient-Modern, East-West health theories and practices. The book, “Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening” ISBN 978 92 4 156389 5, published by WHO and alliance, shows that health and systems thinking is coming into the mainstream. Hence we adopt the concept of Unity in Diversity as our goal, to develop the health and systems thinking theories as part of General Systems Theory, to align with the ultimate purpose of ISSS.

1h HSS annual meeting 

Author Biographies

Thomas Sui Leung WONG, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd

Lecturer, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd. 
Researcher, Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute.
1999 - Master of Engineering in Telecommunications (by research), Australia Telecommunication Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.
1998 - Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou University of TCM, China. Include one year full-time internship in Guangdong Provincial hospital of TCM at different departments.
1992 - Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology with first class honours (by research), University of Western Australia, Australia.

EC HUANG, Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute

Researcher - Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute