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SIP 2017 - Key Statement

Christopher Vella – Healthcare professional and Bioethicist

"Hopefully the momentum which we have gathered this year will continue across the years to come, even because our current projects will definitely lay out a solid asis upon which to continue expanding our understanding of the current local situations so as to be better positioned so as to propose the most ideal pain policies for the ultimate benefit of all those directly affected; us as a society!"


Christopher Vella
Healthcare professional and Bioethicist
MA Bioethics & Medical Law (Lon), Dip.Dent.Tech, SRDT, LBIDST, FRSA.

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be present for this SIP symposium. Even though SIP Malta has been around for less than a year, it does not mean that we are newcomers on the scene. The vast majority of the stakeholders that make up SIP Malta, are veterans when it comes to pain. Our stakeholders are the testimony that highlights the importance of having a holistic and inclusive policy when it comes to tackling pain. SIP Malta has brought together individuals and organisations from diverse backgrounds; academics, health care professionals, patient organisations, those involved in policy making, those from the public sector, those that come from the private sector and political representatives just to name a few.

Christopher Vella is a healthcare professional and bioethicist within the private sector who has been involved with medical ethics, policy and management. For the past 12 years he has been involved in setting up and running his own private laboratory, whilst also pursuing his passion for medical ethics and law by providing consultation services and policy compliancy audits and reviews in the private sector. In 2013 he was appointed as a government appointed member on the Council for the Professions Complimentary to Medicine (CPCM), a position he still occupies to this day. He graduated as a Dental Technologist in 2005, and MA in medical law and ethics in 2014, and is now involved with the Malta Health Network as an advisor, where he represents it in the Policy Advisory Group of the European Patients Forum.