Sarawak General Hospital - Kuching, Malaysia | Child and adolescent psychiatry - The Sarawak General Hospital experience
Child and adolescent psychiatry – The Sarawak General Hospital experience
Selva Ratnasingam did his basic Medical training at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India and started working as a doctor at Ipoh General Hospital in January 1994. He then did his Master’s in Medicine (Psychiatry) at HUKM, Kuala Lumpur and qualified as a Psychiatrist in 2001. He did his sub-specialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Highfield Family & Adolescent Unit, Warneford Hospital, Oxford University, UK from 2004 to 2007. During this time, he worked as a Staff Grade Psychiatrist in a Tier-4 inpatient referral unit for adolescents and he did regular on-call duties following the Rota for Child Psychiatry Registrars. During this time, Dr Selva was also a member of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University.
In November 2007, Dr Selva returned to Malaysian shores for good as he missed the Nasi Lemaks and the Roti Chanais too much!! On his return, he led the Child and Family Guidance Unit at Hospital Permai, Johor Bahru. He subsequently completed his Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training under the Ministry of Health, Malaysia in 2011 and is presently the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and head of Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching.
Dr Selva is one of the members of the guidelines development group for the Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents clinical practice guideline prepared by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. He is also a member of the guideline development group for Child Custody Cases with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. His special interests are mental health issues concerning adolescents and young people.
He has a keen interest in philosophy and is an active member of the Jiddu Krishnamurti group. He is also the State coordinator for the Sathya Sai Baba Association of Sarawak.