Tarun Bastiampillai MBBS, B Med Sc, FRANZCP
Specialty Group Representative for Psychiatrists, AMA(SA) Council
Tarun Bastiampillai studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1996.
He completed psychiatry training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in 2004. He subsequently worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, based in London, for two years before returning to South Australia to work at the QEH in 2007.
Since 2010 he has been the Acting Regional Clinical Director of mental health services in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Clinical Director for mental health services in the inner southern region, based at Flinders Medical Centre.
In 2013 he was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Flinders University School of Medicine, with a specific focus on mental health systems research. His other research interests include e-mental health and psychopharmacology.
Tarun is the treasurer of the SA branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
He advocates for the rights of mental health patients and for designing mental health services to effectively meet their needs. He is particularly interested in understanding the complex interface between healthcare, politics, sociology and economics.