SIP Welcomes New Endorsers for 2017

The Office of the Commissioner for Mental Health Malta and and The Pain Clinic have officially endorsed SIP as of 2017.

The new endorsers have provided a brief background and history of their organisation.

The Office of the Commissioner for Mental 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.

It was established by the Mental Health Act, Chapter 525, Laws of Malta. The vision of CMH-Malta is of 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.

The Pain Clinic

The Pain Clinic is an Integrative Medical Centre that specialises in the holistic management of persistent pain, chronic stress and suffering associated with chronic illness. It was founded in 2015 by a family doctor, an anaesthetist and a physiotherapist who teamed up with the aim of creating a “one-stop shop” for all the patient’s needs. The team, led by a family doctor trained in pain management with an interest in alternative medicine, adopts an interdisciplinary approach that integrates conventional, alternative and complementary therapies, using the most conservative options for safe and effective healing.

Associação Atlântica de Apoio ao Doente Machado Joseph

The Atlantic Association for the Support of the Patient of Machado-Joseph (AAADMJ) is a private institution of social solidarity, headquartered in Ponta Delgada, whose mission is to represent and defend the general and collective interests of patients with Machado-Joseph disease and their families.

The association was formalized in 1996, allowing to break the isolation to which the patients of Machado-Joseph were subject. Between November 1999 and December 2001, AAADMJ was the manager of the project "Social Network of Support Machado-Joseph", promoted by the Institute of Social Action and financed by the Regional Directorate of Solidarity and Social Security and by the South Regional Commissariat of Fight against the Poor. In 2002, a new Cooperation Agreement was signed with the Social Action Institute, which included all the values ​​created in the scope of the Project: Psychological support, Social support, Motricity and Hydrogeology classes, Activity Center (main link between users and society in general.): - Mobility classes - Hydrogeology classes - Recreational activities - Celebrations of important dates - Outdoor activities - Information and Clarification sessions on various topics - Raising of donations through the exhibition of works done by the users - Telephone Line Support from Monday to Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 p.m., a telephone line operates to clarify doubts or register requests for support from MJ carriers or their families.

In November 4, 2016 a briefing session was held by the University MJ Group, on the ESMI project "European Initiative for Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 3 / Machado-Joseph disease". The ESMI is an international project that aims to contribute to the international constitution of a group of more than 800 people with the disease.

We know that our patients (more than 50%) suffer pain in any stage of the disease and we are sure that the number grows with the progression of incapacity and immobility.

To treat pain means a better quality of life.

We endorse the aims of SIP 2017, raising awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems, exchanging information and sharing best-practices in pain control, supporting strategies and activities for an improved pain care in our autonomic region.

Força 3P - Pessoas com Dor

Rua Dr. Plácido Costa, Departamento de Biomedicina, Unidade de Biologia Experimental (CIM-FMUP)

Faculdade de Medicina do Porto, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal

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