Symposium

For PDF Version, kindly download from this link: MAPHM Symposium 2017 – Detailed Programme

13:15-14:00 – Registration

14:00-14:15 – Opening Plenary

Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat – Moderator – Chair of the Symposium Organising Committee

Dr Kenneth Grech – President Malta Association of Public Health Medicine

Hon Chris Fearne – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health

Prof Joseph Cacciottolo – Pro-Rector University of Malta

14:15-14:40 – Key Note Presentation

Trends in Health System Privatisation – Dr Ewout van Ginneken, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Facebook Live-Stream of Opening Session and Keynote Presentation


 
14:45 – 15:45 – Plenary
Moderator: Dr Charmaine Gauci

  • Initial data from a newly set-up Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Register
    • Dr Myra Tilney – University of Malta/ Lipid Clinic, Mater Dei Hospital/Primary Health Care – Abstract
  • Attendances at the A&E Department in Patients receiving Chemotherapy
    • Dr Sandra Distefano – Directorate for Health Information & Research – AbstractPresentation
  • Cervical cancer and screening: knowledge, awareness and attitudes of women in Malta
    • Dr Michelle Deguara – Department for Health Regulation – Abstract
  • Product assortment in grocery stores: application of the GroPromo tool in Malta
    • Dr Daniel Cauchi – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate – AbstractPresentation
  • An ecological analysis of breast cancer mortality and the impact of screening
    • Dr Kathleen England – Directorate for Health Information & Research –AbstractPresentation
  • National outbreak of Salmonella Give in Malta linked to a local food manufacturer, October 2016
    • Mr Alastair Donachie – Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) – Abstract

15:45 – 16:15: Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:15: Parallel Sessions

TRACK 1 – Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases

Moderator: Dr Tanya Melillo Fenech

Venue: Southern Auditorium

  1. Norovirus outbreak among staff working at a food processing company in Malta, February-March 2017
    • Mr Alastair Donachie – Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) – Abstract
  2. Malta and Gozo: One Archipelago, two populations?
    • Dr Sarah Cuschieri – University of Malta – Abstract
  3. Outbreak of hepatitis A cases among men who have sex with men in Malta, 2017
    • Dr Maria Borg – Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) – Abstract
  4. Outbreak of gastroenteritis after eating at a local restaurant on Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017.
    • Dr Jason Attard – Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) – AbstractPresentation
  5. Survival of 86 690 patients with thyroid cancer: a population-based study in 29 European countries from EUROCARE-5.
    • Dr Dominic Agius – Directorate for Health Information and Research – AbstractPresentation
  6. Maternal Preconception intake of Folic Acid in Malta

TRACK 2 – Non-Communicable Diseases

Moderator: Dr Mariella Borg Buontempo

Venue: C2 Lecture room (opposite Chapel)

  1. Body Mass Index and Sugar Consumption in Maltese School Children
    • Dr Paula Vassallo – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate – AbstractPresentation
  2. The influence of family environment on nutrition, physical activity and screen-time in socioeconomically disadvantaged primary school-aged children in Malta
    • Dr Beatrice Farrugia – Department for Policy in Health – Abstract
  3. The physiotherapeutic perspective on preventing childhood obesity: A quantitative study on the effectiveness of an educational talk to caregivers.
  4. Living with diabetes: education and weight management
    • Mr Joseph Grech – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate – AbstractPresentation
  5. Planning a diabetic secondary prevention programme
    • Ms Lorinda Camilleri – Directorate for Health Information & Research – Abstract
  6. Perceived vs Actual Oral Health Status of Maltese School Children
    • Dr Ethel Vento Zahra – Dental Public Health Unit – Superintendence of Public Health – Abstract – Presentation

17:15 – 17:30 – Active Networking Break

17:30- 18:30 – Parallel Sessions

TRACK 3 – Health Services Management

Moderator: Prof Sandra Buttigieg

Venue: Southern Auditorium

  1. The EU impact on patient care and workforce mobility in a small state. Challenges and opportunities in the treatment of cancer and rare diseases, and on patients’ access to medicines
  2. A qualitative analysis of inappropriate attendance at the A&E department: Exploring GP and Casualty doctor perspectives
    • Dr Beatrice Farrugia – Department for Policy in Health – Abstract
  3. Exploring barriers to women’s leadership in the healthcare setting in the Maltese Islands
  4. Professional Ageism – Does It Exist?
    • Prof Sandra Buttigieg – Department of Health Services Management – University of Malta – Abstract
  5. Self-Referrals and Crowding at the Accident and Emergency Department: Time for Intervention
    • Dr Kurt Apap – Mater Dei Hospital – Abstract
  6. Predicting A&E attendances at MDH – a crystal ball?
    • Dr Sandra Distefano – Directorate for Health Information & Research – AbstractPresentation
  7. The Measurement of Breastfeeding Indicators in the Maltese Population
    • Dr Karen Borg – University of Malta – Abstract

TRACK 4 – Mental Health and Digital Health

Moderator: Dr John Cachia

Venue: C2 Lecture room (opposite Chapel)

  1. Adoption and Use of Social Media amongst Public Health Professionals in Malta and its potential role in successful public health initiatives
  2. eHealth: A Public Health Perspective
    • Mr Gerd Xuereb – European Medical Students’ Association/ University of Malta – Abstract
  3. Retrospective Analysis of a newly implemented Web-Based, Mobile-Friendly Infectious Disease Notification System for the Infectious Diseases Prevention Control Unit
    • Dr Stefan Buttigieg – Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) – AbstractPresentation
  4. Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy: A survey among Maltese women
    • Mrs Christie Hili – University of Malta – Abstract
  5. Trends in the substance misusing pregnant population: 2000-2016
    • Dr Anna Maria Vella – Sedqa – Abstract
  6. Depression in adolescents in Malta-is it a growing cause for concern?
    • Dr Antonella Sammut – Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Directorate – AbstractPresentation

18:35 – 19:00 – Closing Plenary

Dr Denis Vella Baldacchino  – Moderator – Chief Medical Officer

What impact will Brexit have on UK public health and health services?

Dr Vanessa Saliba – Consultant Public Health Medicine

19:00 – Closure of Symposium

Dr Kenneth Grech – President  – Malta Association of Public Health Medicine

19:30 onwards – Networking Dinner

Symposium Organising Committee:

Natasha Azzopardi Muscat (Chair), Tanya Melillo Fenech, Sascha Reiff, Stefan Buttigieg

Scientific Committee:

Tanya Melillo Fenech, Sandra Buttigieg, John Cachia, Julian Mamo

Conference Hashtag: #PHSymposium17

For a copy of the final Designed Programme(used for Printing of Booklets) – download here

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