President - Stephen Zammit
Vice President - Roberta Messina
Secretary General - Jesmond Schembri
Treasurer - Mark Vella
Public Relations Officer - Cynthia Scerri
Vice Public Relations Officer - Rosanne Scerri
Committee Member - Gabrielle Ransley
Qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Malta in 1987 and worked in general medicine, geriatrics and psychiatry. He developed an interest in Prosthetics and Orthotics and for the next 4 years was seconded to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Unit at St Luke’s Hospital, before moving to Salford University, Manchester, UK and graduating with B.Sc (Hons) in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1996. From 1997 to 2005 worked or Tyco Healthcare, providing orthotic services to various NHS hospitals in the UK. During this time was involved in various Research and Development projects including one leading to PhD, investigating the physiological effects of Lycra orthoses in children with cerebral palsy. In 2005, started working at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, as a senior Orthotist where he developed special interests in orthotic management of cerebral palsy, scoliosis, foot and ankle conditions, and shoulder instabilities. In 2011 he returned to Malta to take up the post of Chief Orthotist/Prosthetist with the Department of Health. Since 2001, Dr Attard has been involved in the training of Allied Health Professionals, both in the UK and Malta, lecturing, mentoring and examining undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Dr Marjorie Bonello, PhD, Lecturer, Dept of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1989 and was instrumental in setting up occupational therapy services for hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. She obtained a M.Sc. with Distinction in Occupational Therapy (Education in Practice) in 1996 and a PhD in Interprofessional Education in 2016. During 1998 and 2010 she worked in health policy at the Ministry of Health and was responsible for various initiatives such as service audits, operational reviews, coordination of national policies, EU programme management, gender mainstreaming in health and dementia services development in Malta. During the tenure of this role, Dr Bonello sat on several National boards and committees and represented Malta at a number of international symposia. In 2010, she became a full time academic at the University of Malta. Her main interests are focused on hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, interprofessional education theory, policy and practice and education in practice across the health professions.
Dr Rita Micallef, MSc (Dublin) Clinical Sp & Lang Std; MSc (Leicester) Training & HRM; EdD (Sheffield)
Member of the Board of Trustees of Inspire and is also a consultant to the organization. Dr. Micallef is qualified in Training & Human Resource Management and in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. She is a State Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and holds a Teacher Permanent Warrant. She is the Professional Lead and manages the Speech Language Service provision in Malta and Gozo of the National Health Sector. Dr Micallef lectures at the University of Malta & has also lectured at various European Universities on Emotional Intelligence, Leadership & Management and Communication Pathologies. She holds a Doctorate in Education: Area researched: Emotions as indicators of performance in Health Care - Towards a redefinition of professionalism in the post modern workplace. She is a Licensed Trainer with the National Autistic Society (NAS) and certified and appointed by NAS - UK to accredit UK schools. She is a Member on the Board of Studies & the Board of Examiners of the Communication Therapy Division, University of Malta. Dr Micallef has also involved in training and evaluation of the Leadership and Management Course provided by the National Health Sector in an effort to improve well-being in the workplace within the context of on-going organisational reform and leadership development. She is chairperson of the Sector Skills Unit – Health and Social Care, NCFHE
Prof Janet Mifsud, BPharm (Hons)(Melit); PhD (QUB); BA (Theology) (Melit)
Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta. Her research considers various aspects of the incidence and treatment of epilepsy and she is presently Vice-President (Europe) of the International Bureau for Epilepsy. She has also carried out research on over the counter and the non-medical use of drugs, especially in sports. She is a board member of the Malta Council for Science and Technology and is national co-ordinator for COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology. She has acted as peer expert evaluator, within the European Commission DG research, for FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020 research projects and is a member of the exploitation board of an FP7 project Desire: Development and Epilepsy - Strategies for Innovative Research to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment in children with difficult to treat Epilepsy. She was a member of an EU funded Tempus Academic Network (SPAN) on prevention medicine. She is a member of two key committees of the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pharmacokinetics Working Party (PKWP) and Patient and Consumer Affairs Committee (PCWO). Prof Mifsud is presently a member of the Centre for Freedom from Addiction, President’s Foundation for Social Well-Being.
Ms Margaret Muscat, Dip Grad Phys, MSc, SRP
Has recently retired as a physiotherapist with 38 years’ experience in the National Health Service. She trained as a physiotherapist at Manchester Royal infirmary and read for an MSc in Rehabilitation Studies at Southampton University in 1986. In her previous capacity as Manager Physiotherapy Services, she was responsible for the management and development of Physiotherapy Services across the Maltese National Health Service. Throughout her career, Margaret gained clinical experience across different specialties, was involved in education of students and staff and also worked on hospital planning and management. She has served on various boards and committees and was a founder member of the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine. She retains an active interest in the development of rehabilitation services on the Maltese Islands and has a special interest in the diverse service delivery models, patient safety and the client and carer experience of health services.
Dr Stephen Zammit, MD, Dip Spec PRM
Consultant in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine at The Rehabilitation Hospital Karin Grech, Malta. He is also currently heading the same hospital as CEO since January 2014. Throughout his career, he as a pioneer in the development of the Rehabilitation services working on various boards and committees on Rehabilitation Services planning and development. He also gave his service in the international sphere in various conferences related to Rehabilitation Medicine. He is a founder member of the Malta Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine Association and is also the National Manager for the UEMS Board of PRM specialists. As Congress host, he is currently the Vice-President of the Mediterranean Forum of PRM.