Maria Aurora Fenech

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Maria Aurora Fenech

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University of Malta

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I graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy in 1989, and subsequently read for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Gerontology & Geriatrics (Melit.) from which I graduated in 1999.  In 2001, I graduated with a Master in Geriatrics and Gerontology (Melit.), having presented my dissertation entitled “Abuse within a Chronic Care Institutional Setting for Older Persons in Malta.”  In 2016, I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a PhD in Rehabilitation and Ageing.  In my PhD project, “Physical Restraint Use within Long Term Care Settings in Malta”, I studied physical restraint use and associated autonomy issues.
I have been working in the field of Geriatrics since 1992.   I also occupied the post of Manager Allied Health Services within the Department of Active Ageing and Community Care.  I also performed duties related to quality assurance of care homes for the older persons with the local Social Care Standards Authority.
Currently I am a lecturer within the Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, at the University of Malta.  I lecture students reading for the (1) Higher Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics, (2) Master in Gerontology and Geriatrics and (3) Master in Ageing and Dementia Studies.  I also supervise post-graduate students in their Master projects.
Areas of research include, elder abuse, physical restraint, residential care settings and social aspects of dementia.

Research interests

Long term care – quality of life – elder abuse – dementia care

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

The impact of COVID-19 on the Human Rights of Older Persons living within Residential Care Settings (ongoing)

Elder Abuse during the pandemic:  Perspectives of the older person, formal and informal carer (ongoing)

LTCcovid webinar presentations

International experiences of 2nd, 3rd waves, vaccines and beyond (14 December 2020)

Key publications

Fenech, M. A., Vella, M., & Calleja, N. (2020). COVID-19 outbreaks in the Islands of Malta and Gozo. International Long Term Care Policy Network. Online publication. and
Fenech, M. A. (2018). Physical restraint use in care homes for older persons. In M. Formosa (Ed.), Active and healthy ageing in Malta (pp. 273-291). BDL Publishing.
Fenech, M. A.  (2015). Elder abuse.  In M. Formosa & C. Scerri (Eds.), Population ageing in Malta: Multidisplinary perspectives (pp. 345-365). Malta University Press.