SIP 2017 - Presentation & Statement
Gertrude A. Buttigieg – Malta Health Network, Malta
"Hosting the Societal Impact of Pain Symposium 2017 in Malta is a dream come true; this it is not the end but the beginning to raising more awareness of Chronic Pain in Malta."
Gertrude A. Buttigieg
Malta Health Network
Gertrude A. Buttigieg qualified as a Speech & Language Pathologist in 1995 and has been employed by the health division and worked mainly in the field of Speech-Language Therapy for 17 years within the Primary Care Department.
Ms Buttigieg has paractised in all areas of the profession from paediatric to geriatric care within a community and rehabilitation setting. In June 2013 she was recruited as Allied Health Practitioner (SLP) and Communications Officer within the Office of the Commissioner for Mental Health.
Gertrude’s face and voice are familiar to the Maltese audience as she has participated for a number of years on various TV and Radio programmes educating the general public on Communication difficulties and Speech Therapy. On a voluntary basis she has been serving on the committee of the Association of Speech Language Pathologist since 1995 – 10 years as Secretary, 9 years as President and as Vice-President since 2014. In 2007 she was elected Honorary Secretary of the Malta Health Network. Since 2012 she has served on the Civil Society Committee of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development as representative for the sectors of Health and Elderly. In 2005 was elected Honorary Secretary of the Malta Federation of Professional Associations. Since 2014 Gertrude has been serving as council member on the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.
Gertrude has participated as speaker and participant in several conferences locally and abroad and considering the vast professional practice and years of experience in the voluntary sector, she brings along a rich baggage to the various fields she works in. Over the past 10 years she has become a Patient advocate and has contribute to raise awareness on a national level of Patients’ Rights and issues related to the Health sector such as patient education, patient empowerment, safety and access to services in an equitable and timely manner. Ms Buttigieg was instrumental to starting the debate on Chronic Pain in Malta in 2013.