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MAPN’s President end of year message

new-yearAs the end of the year is approaching, I glance at what happened in the last year with regards to the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nursing (MAPN).
For its 10 year anniversary, in May 2016, MAPN organized the “Stock Taking” conference, where a number of professionals in the mental health field presented research carried out by themselves. This was a unique experience not only for nurses but also for all professionals working in mental health, as an opportunity to present their studies to fellow colleagues and interested clinicians.
Following this conference there was the council elections, where I was elected as president, while other members took other significant roles in the council.
During the last 6 months, we members of the council met several times to discuss the way forward in terms of the association and the current and future situation of the mental health nursing on the island. We had meetings with various stakeholders, including the nursing management, the CEO of Mount Carmel Hospital, the mental health commissioner, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses and the Minister for Health, where we discussed the needs of mental health nursing in Malta, with specific focus on the development of the profession and amelioration of psychiatric mental health nursing roles, with the main aim of improving the mental health service delivery.
On the 10th of October, MAPN joined the Alliance 4 Mental Health, where a position paper was presented, with specific recommendations on how mental health in Malta can be restructured to become at par with other optimal mental health services in Europe.
MAPN, also took part in the Science in the City event, where we aimed to attract students to the mental health nursing profession. In this regard, we are also in constant dialogue with the Faculty of Mental Health, as we feel that together can make a significant impact on the recruitment of future psychiatric mental health nurses in Malta.
2017 is going to be a very important year for MAPN. In the beginning of the year, the first document about the roles and standards of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Malta will be published. This is going to be a very important document, not only for MAPN, but also to every nurse who works in Mental Health in Malta, as this is going to serve as a guide to improve the standards of care delivery in mental health nursing in Malta.
This year, MAPN will once again host the most attended festival of psychiatric mental health nursing in Europe. Due to the attractions of the island, and previous successful organization, it will be the third time that the Horatio Festival will take place in Malta! This festival does not need any introduction, and is usually frequented and presented by top names in the mental health field, with names like Phil Barker, Richard Gray and Shirley Smoyak as part of the repertoire.  This year the theme of the festival is going to be “Working in Partnership”, where we are inviting key speakers from other disciplines like social work, occupational therapy and physiotherapy to take part in this unique event. Once again, MAPN will be at the forefront of this festival, and will do our utmost to make this year a successful one again.
Finally, I would like to thank you for being part of MAPN. MAPN is about the psychiatric mental health nursing profession, and is there to empower all those nurses who have their profession at heart. As a side note, I would also like to congratulate the newly qualified psychiatric nurses, namely Caroline, Miriam and Kieth, and wish them a fulfilling and successful career.
On behalf of the MAPN council, I would like to wish you a prosperous new year, filled with love, joy, warmth and laughter.
Pierre Galea
President – Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses

2nd Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

The second announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival is Ms. Stephanie Saenger from the Netherlands.

 Stephanie Saenger is an occupational therapists in mental health. She founded 3 Occupational Therapy (OT) departments in psychiatric hospitals and developed and implemented effective OT-programs for acute, mid-term, day care and outpatient units in mental health.stephaniesaenger

 Since her graduation in 1978 she has been an active volunteer for the Dutch Association for Occupational therapy (EN) and represents EN in many committees and governmental advisory boards on health and education. She was for many years board member of EN, was co-author of the first professional profile of occupational therapy and in 2014 honoured with the Astrid Kinébanian award.

 Since 2000 she has been involved in the Council of Occupational Therapy for the European Countries (COTEC) as delegate of the Netherlands. She was board member of the European Network for Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) and member of the TUNING working group. She is co-author of the COTEC Guidelines for an Ethical Code and the Ethical Code for OT in the Netherlands.

 In 2013 Stephanie Saenger was elected as president of COTEC. COTEC is the European organization for all Occupational Therapists through their National Associations, with the purpose of ensuring an adequate number of high quality occupational therapy practitioners and services in Europe.

COTEC is a non-profit organisation and represents 30 European Occupational Therapy Associations and more than 120,000 Occupational Therapists.

As president of COTEC Stephanie strives to make the profession Occupational Therapy recognised, visible, valued and accessible for all citizens in Europe and to have one strong voice for OT in Europe.

She finds cooperation with other organisations and client groups is essential as she is convinced that only respect for each others (professional) skills and organising people centered, coordinated and integrated care can provide the best health- and social services – for citizens.

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Extended Date Call for Abstracts – 4th European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing

Despite the numerous abstracts received from all parts of the world, the scientific committee of the 4th European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing chaired by  Prof. Michael Löhr, took the decision to extend the abstract submission date till Friday 20th January 2017.

Abstract forms can be downloaded directly by clicking on the below links.

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1 st Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

The first announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival is Dr. Tor Levin Hofgaard from Oslo, Norway.

Since 2007 Dr. Hofgaard has been the elected full time president of the Norwegian Psychological Association (presently in the 3rd term, from 2013-16). The association represents all authorised psychologists in Norway, and have over 9000 members.tor-levin-hofgaard

As president Dr. Hofgaard is responsible for advocacy, strategy, operational tactics, media exposure, and for anchoring policy and strategy in the membership of the association. In this work he uses behavioural science based approaches to reach the defined goals.

Dr. Hofgaard was vice-president of the international union for psychological science (IUPsyS) from 2012-2016. After reaching the term limit in 2016 he was elected to continue in the IUPsyS EC. The Union represents over 80 psychology associations around the world, and the organization is the global voice of psychology. He is also in the  Executive Council of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA), which represents 36 member associations in Europe.

He is chair of the board for The Norwegian Council for Mental Health (NCMHL) which is a humanitarian organization that includes the majority of Norwegian institutions and organizations involved in the field of mental health, promoting the science and information in mental health in Norway. Also a board member of the largest Federation of unions for academics in Norway “The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations”, which represents the majority of the academically based professions in Norway.

Graduated from the University of Oslo, Norway he specialised in clinical work with adults and also have a university education in political science.

In his clinical work Dr. Hofgaard has been working with long term severe drug addiction and with early intervention for psychosis, both in acute wards and in outpatient clinics.

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