Con­tem­po­rary is­sues in med­i­cal ethics and law

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gion, a lawyer by pro­fes­sion, pre­sented a pa­per on Con­fi­den­tial­ity and treat­ment of young adults – Pro­pos­als for amend­ment.

The same topic formed the sub­ject of the talk de­liv­ered by Dr Donatella Frendo Dimech, then As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral, in rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Dr Peter Grech, At­tor­ney Gen­eral. He­len D’Am­ato, Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren, read a pa­per on Child’s ac­cess to health ser­vices with­out parental con­trol and Pro­fes­sor Mal­lia spoke about the theme of Should fam­ily physi­cians coun­sel pa­tients on ge­netic test­ing and screen­ing and in­ci­den­tal find­ings of ge­netic re­search? Point-of-care ge­netic coun­selling.

The sec­ond event was a con­fer­ence held by the two Pro­grammes in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fac­ulty of The­ol­ogy of the Univer­sity of Malta and dis­cussed End of Life De­ci­sions. It was held on 25 March 2013.

The keynote speaker was Pro­fes­sor John Saun­ders, chair­man, Ethics Com­mit­tee, Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians, Lon­don. It was opened by Pro­fes­sor God­frey LaFerla, dean of the Fac­ulty of Medicine and Surgery. Pro­fes­sor Mal­lia, co­or­di­na­tor of the Bioethics Re­search Pro­gramme and chair­man of the Medicine and Law Pro­gramme in­tro­duced the sub­ject. The con­fer­ence was chaired by Dr Brid­get El­lul, mem­ber of the Bioethics Re­search Pro­gramme and the Medicine and Law Pro­gramme. The panel con­sisted of Dr Mario Vas­sallo, chair­man Med­i­cal School Re­search Ethics Com­mit­tee, Rev. Pro­fes­sor Em­manuel Agius, dean, Fac­ulty of The­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Malta and Dr Daniela Cas­sar, lawyer and le­gal prac­ti­tioner.

The third con­vo­ca­tion con­sisted in a con­fer­ence on the theme of Eth­i­cal is­sues in dis­as­ter sit­u­a­tions and was held on 29 Oc­to­ber 2013. It was in­tro­duced by Pro­fes­sor Mal­lia. The con­fer­ence was chaired by Dr De­nis Vella Bal­dacchino, director Health Care Pro­vi­sion and con­sul­tant in Public Health and Emer­gency Pre­pared- ness. Dr Michael Spi­teri ad­dressed the con­fer­ence’s sub­ject by ref­er­ence to a case study, that of Mater Dei Hospi­tal. Pro­fes­sor Saviour For­mosa ad­dressed the is­sue of Post-dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness: Im­ple­ment­ing techno-ge­netic ap­proaches in a so­cio-tech­nic en­vi­ron­ment. The next con­vo­ca­tion was held on 11 Fe­bru­ary 2015 in the form of a sem­i­nar with the sub­ject of Re­search Ethics and was in­tro­duced by Pro­fes­sor Mal­lia. Dr Neville Calleja spoke on the role and func­tions of the Na­tional Health Ethics Com­mit­tee within the EU frame­work and Dr El­lul gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on re­view­ing a pro­posal. Fi­nally the sem­i­nar was ad­dressed by the guest speaker, Dr Michael E. Bone. The penul­ti­mate part of this pub­li­ca­tion con­sists of three pa­pers au­thored by Dr El­lul and Pro­fes­sor Aquilina on the sub­ject of Or­gan do­na­tion and trans­plan­ta­tion. The first pa­per is penned by Dr El­lul, Or­gan do­na­tion in Malta. What’s new? and was pub­lished first in The Jour­nal of the Malta Col­lege of Fam­ily Doc­tors. The other two pa­pers are au­thored by Pro­fes­sor Aquilina – The EU stan­dards di­rec­tive on hu­man or­gan trans­plan­ta­tion: A Maltese law eval­u­a­tion pub­lished in the Malta Med­i­cal Jour­nal and Leg­is­la­tion Reg­u­lat­ing Or­gan Do­na­tion and Trans­plan­ta­tion: The Main Is­sues pub­lished in the Cham­ber of Ad­vo­cates’ Law and Prac­tice. The fi­nal part deals with re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy con­sist­ing in a pa­per au­thored by Pro­fes­sor Mal­lia on an Up­date of de­vel­op­ments in re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy in a catholic coun­try. The book can be pur­chased for €50 from the Fac­ulty Of­fice, Fac­ulty of Laws, Univer­sity of Malta.

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