Contemporary issues in medical ethics and law
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.