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SIP 2017 - Key Statement

Dr. Antoinette Calleja – Ministry for Health, Malta

"All individuals deserve a good quality of life. Chronic pain is associated with an increase in mortality and higher rates of depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. It is important that we come together and that this item is placed high on the agenda to help people with pain have the life they deserve."

Dr. Antoinette Calleja
Chairperson, Presidency, Ministry for Health, Director International Affairs and Policy Development, Department for Policy in Health, Ministry for Health
Ministry for Health

Antoinette Calleja is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Hull, UK. Her doctoral studies focused on EU Public Procurement and its impact on society with implications for policymaking. Antoinette has worked as Director, Compliance within Malta’s central purchasing department and presently works as Director, International Affairs and Policy Development at the Ministry for Health. She is also the chairperson responsible for leading and coordinating the preparations relating to the Malta EU Presidency of the Council within the Ministry for Health.

Antoinette qualified as a nurse in 1984 and as a midwife in 1986. Her background as a nurse and a midwife working one to one with patiens and child bearing women has given her a good exposure of how pain effects the individual and families as a whole.

Antoinette further pursued her studies and completed a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Management. She truly believes that chronic pain does not only effect the quality of life of the individual related to health and social issues, but also places a huge burden on national economies.

Antoinette has published various articles and is the author of Unleashing Social Justice through EU Public Procurement published by Routledge in 2015 (