Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry of Aga Khan
University has on board five full time psychiatrists and two full time
psychologists, as well as two part-time psychiatrists and one part-time
psychologist. Two of the faculty members are trained child psychiatrists
and one faculty member specializes in psychiatry of the elderly. The
psychiatric services include a 18-bedded acute care short-term adult
psychiatric unit, a day care programme, 24 hours emergency service, and
consultation/referral service, in addition to 33 weekly outpatient
clinics. An occupational therapy programme is attached to the inpatient
and day care services.
The treatment programme of the department
is eclectically oriented and utilises a bio-psychosocial model.
Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, consultation and various treatment
modalities are provided both in an inpatient as well as in outpatient
settings. Treatment modalities include pharmacotherapy, E.C.T.
individual and family therapy and behavioral management techniques.
Child psychiatry service is provided mainly on an outpatient basis.
Patients in need of alcohol and drug detoxification treatment may be
admitted on a selective basis.
The Department of Psychiatry, Aga Khan
University is striving to become a centre of excellence that provides
leadership in areas of research, service provision and education in
To evolve into a department that would
provide high quality health care, sensitive and responsive to the mental
health needs of Pakistan and its people and in the context of existing
socio-cultural and religious norms. A department which would be
considered a center of excellence for mental health research in the
country and one that would work in close collaboration with other
departments of AKU as well as national and international institutions. A
department which would be a leader in the training of future
psychiatrists and other mental health professionals of Pakistan and the
developing world, employing a holistic, bio-psychosocial and ethical
approach to patient care.
A department whose goals and objectives would complement the overall mission and goals of the Aga Khan University.