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Psychiatrists and the Department of Psychiatry

A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses. It takes many years of education and training to become a psychiatrist. He or she must graduate from college and then medical school, and go on to complete residency training in the field of psychiatry. Many psychiatrists undergo additional training so that they can further specialize in such areas as child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and/or psychoanalysis. This extensive medical training enables the psychiatrist to understand the body''s functions and the complex relationship between emotional illness and other medical illnesses (Information from American Psychiatric Association​).

At the Department of Psychiatry, psychiatrists supported by psychiatric trainees are responsible for diagnosing psychiatric disorder, prescribing treatment and coordinating the multi disciplinary treatment and care management plan.

The Clinical and Para-clinical Services of Mount Carmel Hospital (MCH) currently consist of eleven consultant-led multidisciplinary clinical firms supported by nursing services, four para-clinical departments (occupational therapy, psychology, social work and physiotherapy), a pharmacy department and a laboratory.  The activities of some of these departments are outlined in other parts of the annual report.  Each of the eight consultant-led multidisciplinary firms offers general adult psychiatric services and a sub-speciality service as shown below.

Eleven Clinical Firms


  • Chairman of Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry; Substance Misuse (Malta and Gozo) (Anton Grech)
  • Deputy Chairman of Psychiatry​, General Psychiatry, Old age & Forensic Psychiatry (Joseph Spiteri)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (Nigel Camilleri)
  • General Psychiatry, Community Services & Rehabilitation Psychiatry (Malta and Gozo) (David Cassar)
  • General Psychiatry & Substance Misuse (Anthony Dimech)
  • General Psychiatry, Perinatal Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Malta and Gozo) (Ethel Felice)
  • General Psychiatry, Learning Disability psychiatry (Malta and Gozo) (Jean Pierre Giorgio)
  • General Psychiatry & Geriatric Psychiatry (David Mamo)
  • General Psychiatry, Old age & Eating Disorder Psychiatry (John Mifsud)
  • General Psychiatry & Consultant Liaison Mater Dei (Etienne Muscat)
  • General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Malta & Gozo) (Joseph R Saliba)
  • General Psychiatry, Community Services & Rehabilitation Psychiatry (Malta and Gozo)  (Joseph Vella Baldacchino)
  • General Psychiatry, Old age & Forensic Psychiatry (Marija Axiak)