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Improving Medication Use in Older Persons

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 Improving Medication Use in Older Persons
29th October 2013
The Westin Dragonar Resort, St Julian's, Malta

Improving Medication Use in Older Persons  Conference Booklet
Welcome Address by Dr Miriam Camilleri, Chairperson, Multidisciplinary Focus Group Polypharmacy in Older Persons
Opening Address by Hon Dr Franco Mercieca Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing 
Adverse Drug Reactions in Older People: Tackling the Quiet Epidemic Keynote presentation by Dr Denis O’Mahony, Consultant Physician & Senior Lecturer, Dept of Medicine (Gerontology), University College Cork Medical School, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Dr Anthony Fiorini, Consultant Geriatrician, Rehabilitation Hospital Karin Grech
Prof. Janet Mifsud, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta
Dr Dominic Agius, Mediterranean Institute for Primary Care, Research Secretary, Malta College of Family Doctors (This project was funded by the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) of the OTC SOCIOMED project, Grant Agreement No: 223654.)
Raising Awareness: Decreasing medicine use in increasing age Ms Alison Anastasi, Assistant Director, Central Procurement Supplies Unit
Medication review: why, when and how? Ms Marise Gauci, Principal Pharmacist, Rehabilitation Hospital Karin Grech
Ms Rosanne Scerri, Senior Occupational Therapist,
Ms Alexandra Ameen, Allied Health Practitioner Speech Language Pathology,
Ms Angela Caruana, Practice Development Nurse, Geriatrics,
Ms Ingrid Magro, Allied Health Practitioner Physiotherapy
Dr Patricia Vella Bonanno Superintendence of Public Health
The conference in photos photos1 photos 2
Detailed report of conference and outcome of Multidisciplinary Interactive Workshops

Business Solutions: Any Gains for Mental Health?​

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Business Solutions: Any Gains for Mental Health? 
10th June 2014
Le Meridien Hotel, St Julian's, Malta


Welcome address by Conference Chairperson Dr Antonella Sammut 
Opening Speech by Parliamentary Secretary for Health Hon Chris Fearne 

Papers Presented during the Seminar
A wind rose for mental Health, Dr John M. Cachia, Commissioner for Mental Health 
The Relevance of EU Citizens' Rights to the local context , Dr Vanni Xuereb, Head - MEUSAC
Multi-disciplinary collaboration at PWC, Ms Angelique Spina, Senior Manager Advisory Services, PwC 
The tourism industry perspective, Mr George Micallef, Tourism Development Consultant
Mental Health - any gains from business solutions?, Mr Lawrence Zammit, Founding Partner, MISCO
Report​ on outcomes from round table discussions and conclusions 

Mental Capacity Legislation in Malta

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The Mental Capacity Legislation in Malta  Seminar was organised by:
The Office of the Commissioner for Mental Health and Older Persons under the Patronage of His Excellency the President of Malta, Dr. George Abela.
Saturday 22 February 2014
Verdala Palace, Buskett
Dr. John M. Cachia, Commissioner for Mental Health and Older Persons
His Excellency Dr. George Abela, President of Malta
Chief Justice Emmeritus Vincent De Gaetano
Experts on Panel Discussion
Dr. Daniel Bianchi, Lawyer Dr Bianchi 
Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius, Ethicist
Dr. Antoine Vella, Consultant Geriatrician Dr Vella 
Dr. Annalise Micallef, Notary  Dr Micallef
Prof. David Mamo, Consultant Psychiatrist
The following References​ were distributed during the seminar.

Other important reference from Maltese legislation were used by Chief Jury Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano during the key note speech:
Related literature from various sources -

NICHOLSON,TJ. CUTTER,W. & HOTOPF, M. (2008) Assessing mental capacity: the Mental Capacity Act BMJ [Online] (Published 7 February 2008); 336 doi: Available from:
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, (2005) Mental Capacity Act 2005 information leaflet, Information booklets and related Consultation papers [Online] Available from:
ASSISTED DECISION-MAKING (CAPACITY) BILL 2013, Ireland, [Online] Available from:
LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2012, Client Capacity Committee, Statement of Principles with guidelines [Online] Available from: 
THE LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, STATEMENT OF PRINCPLES WITH GUIDELINES, (relating to client capacity which may further assist to understand the complexity of mental capacity considerations) [Online] Available from: 
THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC ADVOCATE, a statutory official appointed by the Governor of South Australia,
Making Decisions for others: [Online] Available from:

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL – Assessing the Capacity to Make Decisions [Online] Available from:
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION COMMISSION ON LAW AND AGING – AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (2008) Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists © Available from:​
BUCHANAN, A. (2004) Mental capacity, legal competence and consent to treatment. J R Soc Med. [Online] September; 97(9): 415–420. PMCID: PMC1079581. Available from: