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Dr. John M. Cachia – Ministry for Health, Malta

"The vision of CMH-Malta is an all-inclusive society, where in persons with a mental disorder are fully empowered to maximize their health."



Dr. John M. Cachia
Commissioner for Mental Health
Ministry for Health

The Office of the Commissioner for Mental Health (CMH-Malta), promotes and safeguards the rights of persons suffering from a mental disorder and their carers was established by the Mental Health Act, Chapter 525, Laws of Malta. The vision of CMH-Malta is an all-inclusive society, wherein persons with a mental disorder are fully empowered to maximize their health. This will enhance their contribution to the community in all spheres of life including the labour markets and society at large. Mental health is part of person’s life and thus the CMH-Malta has been active at promoting mental health and wellbeing through a life-course approach and intrinsic to all experiences of a person’s life, be they positive or negative, and includes family and social life, traumas, chronic health conditions, workplace and education.

Dr. Cachia graduated as Doctor of Medicine in 1982. Consultant in Public Health since 1991. Specialist in Family Medicine since 2005. Currently Commissioner for Mental Health responsible for promoting and protecting the rights and interests of persons suffering from mental disorders (2011 to date). Has extensive experience in the governance of health care services, having occupied very senior management positions within the Maltese health care system where he was responsible for strategic direction and the monitoring of performance of hospitals, health centres and other health care entities (1986-2011). Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine and Health Service Management at the University of Malta (1985 to date). Past President and Governor for Malta in HOPE – the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (1999-2012). Founder member and Past President of the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (1995 to date). Member of the International Scientific Committee of EUPHA – the European Public Health Association (2012 to date).