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Dr Joshua Kua Hai Kiat

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MBBS (S’pore), M Med (Psych), Dip (Psychotherapy), FAMS


Counselling Centre


Clinical Interest

Adult psychiatry (including stress, depression, anxiety and psychosis), geriatric psychiatry (including cognitive and memory problems), psycho-oncology, medico-legal / forensic issues (especially mental capacity assessment), counselling and psychotherapy


Dr Kua is a consultant psychiatrist. He did his basic and advanced psychiatric training from 1994 to 2001. In 2001, he received specialist accreditation in psychiatry. He completed sub-specialty training in geriatric psychiatry at St George’s Aged Psychiatry Service and psycho-oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Australia from 2002 to 2003. He was Chief of the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health from 2008-2012.

Besides pharmacotherapy, Dr Kua incorporates psychological approaches in his management. He obtained his post-graduate diploma (with distinction) in psychotherapy (practicum in psychodynamic psychotherapy) at NUS in 2001. He also received post-training certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other psychological therapies.

He is currently a visiting consultant of the Community Mental Health Division at Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)

Dr Kua was in various ministry-level committees with MOH. He was also involved in the development of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Benzodiazepines Prescription (2008) and Dementia (2011).

He was previously Clinical Lecturer for the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS and Examiner for the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) Examinations.

In 2001, he won the research prize at the ASEAN Congress of Psychiatry Meeting.

In 2012, he was awarded the Healthcare Humanity Award.


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