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12th-14th December 2018 - Valletta, Malta

20 European CME credits by EACCME.

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It is our pleasure to invite you to be part of this congress in Malta ‘Universal Health and Mental Health Coverage for All - Connecting People and Sharing Perspectives.’

Why Universal Health and Mental Health Coverage for All?

The United Nations has reaffirmed the right of every human being to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health without distinction as to race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition, and to the full range of factors that support well-being.

Attaining this goal requires social integration and mental health access to all.

Mental health stigma and discrimination continues to be a barrier to access to good health for many people with a mental health condition because they do not have access to effective, evidence based health care. Public attitudes to people with mental health conditions are often negative. This affects how people engage with health care services and contributes to poor outcomes resulting from poor engagement with physical and mental health care interventions, delayed physical and mental health diagnosis and poor ongoing engagement with longer term treatment interventions.

For many people with long-term physical health conditions co-morbid mental ill health is becoming increasing common. In order to obtain the best outcomes in long-term physical health conditions there is a need to address the mental health co-morbidity using a range of interventions, including addressing the wider determinants of health.

This congress builds on the success of our 2015 International Congress in Lille ‘Mental Health for All – Connecting People and Sharing Experience’ and endorses the values of the United Nations Declaration about Universal Health Coverage. It will bring together stakeholders with an interest in health, mental health, wellbeing and social care.

We are inviting you to Malta especially as Valletta is one the 2018 EU Capitals of Culture, and this will bring attention to our cause. We have chosen the start date of the congress to coincide with the annual Universal Health Coverage Day and will take place from 12th – 14th December 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you

Professor Sir David Goldberg KSM

Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE JP 

Sir David Goldberg
Sir David Goldberg


Sir David has devoted his professional life to improving the teaching of psychological skills to doctors of all kinds, and to improving the quality of services for those with severe mental illnesses. He has advised the Department of Health over the years about service developments, and has been extensively used by the World Health Organisation as a mental health consultant.

His interests are in vulnerability factors which predispose people to develop depression, and in teaching general practitioners to give a better service to psychologically distressed patients. His research over many years has been concentrated on the details of communication between GP’s and their patients, and he has applied these principles to his teaching of mental health workers in developing countries.

He has a major interest in the best way primary care and specialist mental health services should relate to one another. For the past 25 years my interests have extended away from doctors to the people who are in states of distress- with particular attention to the factors that make people vulnerable to stressful life events. My first book on this subject dealt with both GP’s and their patients (“Mental Illness in the Community, the Pathway to Psychiatric care” with Peter Huxley) and my most recent book takes a thorough, developmental look at the determinants of this vulnerability (“The Course and Origin of Common Mental Disorders” with Ian Goodyer).

He trained at the Maudsley Hospital, and after 24 years in Manchester where he was Professor of Psychiatry, returned to the Maudsley in 1993 as Professor of Psychiatry. He retired in 2000.

Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro
Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE, JP


Professor Ivbijaro is Visiting Professor of Population Health at NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal and a specialist in Integrated Care and Primary Care Mental Health, with expertise in service re-design. He co-edited ‘Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care: A Global Perspective’ in collaboration with World Health Organization and World Organization of Family Doctors in 2008 and has participated in a range of mental health transformation projects including being the Royal College of General Practitioners representative on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Intercollegiate SOC Committee that produced the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria’ in 2013. He was a Member of the European Platform for Mental Health from 2008 to 2009, London Regional General Practice Adviser for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme from 2010 to 2012, Chair of the Long Term Mental Health Conditions Clinical Expert Panel for NHS London from 2010 to 2012 and Clinical Chair for Waltham Forest Federated GP Commissioning Consortium from 2011 to 2013.

Professor Ivbijaro has presented papers and original thinking on primary care mental health integration and collaborative care at many local and international conferences and has published a range of articles in peer reviewed journals. He was editor of the ‘Companion to Primary Care Mental Health,’ an international collaboration of 110 authors from all continents of the world which received a five star (100%) Doody’s Review and aims to promote access and delivery of evidence based practice in primary care.

His contribution to the UK National Health Service was recognised in 2012 when he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by her Majesty the Queen. Professor Ivbijaro is an International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Wonca Fellow, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Chair of the World Dignity Project and Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health 2015-2017.


Latest News Updates

Nominate your
Mental Health Champion 2018

To mark Universal Health Coverage Day 2018 and the importance of mental health to general health we will be honouring individuals and institutions that are making an outstanding contribution to stand up for, fight for and promote mental health and well-being for all, with equality of treatment and dignity in experience.

Please nominate your champions and heroes so that their contribution can be recognised in our first annual awards ceremony.

Nominate your Mental Health Champion

Latest Partner to come onboard!

We would like to welcome the Maltese Association of Pschiatric Nurses onboard as a partner onboard the Universal Health Congress.

Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses

Latest confirmed Speaker is from Malta

We are excited to announce Dr. Alexei Sammut will be the latest plenary speaker confirmed.

Before joining the University of Malta’s Department of Mental Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Sammut had a career in the public sector as a Deputy Charge Nurse with the Maltese Mental Health Services. He holds both general and mental health nursing qualifications and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Dr Sammut has completed his PhD in Mental Health Nursing with Kingston University and St Georges University of London under the supervision of Professor Mary Chambers.

Mr Alexei Sammut

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

It is with great expectation that the following speakers have been confirmed for the congress:

• Prof. Sir David Goldberg
• Prof. Gabriel Ivbijaro
• Ms. Claire Brooks
• Dr. Dan Chisholm
• Prof. Chris Dowrick
• Dr. Tarun Dua
• Dr. Anton Grech
• Prof. Helen Herrman
• Prof. Amanda Howe
• Dr. Afzal Javed
• Prof. Roy Kallivayalli
• Prof. John Oldham
• Prof. Michelle Riba
• Prof. Jean-Luc Roelandt
• Ms. Raghnia Chabane
• Dr. John Cachia
• Dr. Alexei Sammut
• Prof. Norman Sartorius
• Prof. Shekhar Saxena
• Prof. Eliot Sorel
• Prof. Allan Tasman
• Prof. Pierre Thomas 
• Dr. Alberto Trimboli 

Abstract submission EXTENDED

Closing date for abstract submissions is EXTENDED till 3rd November 2018!

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