Dr Siva Bala completed his graduate degree in Medicine at the University of Western Australia and became a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in 2007. He is also an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has a certificate of advanced training in Adult Psychiatry and is a member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the RANZCP. Dr Bala has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and is currently chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee of the RANZCP. He has published book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on Indigenous mental health, intellectual disability and suicide. He has been an advisor to State and Federal Governments and mental health commissions in Indigenous mental health policy and was an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Western Australia. He continues to lecture, present at conferences and publish academic papers in the area of Indigenous psychiatry.
Dr Bala welcomes referrals for independent medical examinations in civil and forensic matters. He is board certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He provides fitness to work, permanent impairment, nervous shock and criminal injuries compensation assessments. He undertakes pre-sentence risk assessments, parole assessments and fitness to plead assessments for Magistrates, District and Supreme Court throughout Australia, and sees both plaintiffs and defendants. He has conducted over 2,000 forensic assessments by videolink throughout Australia. He has undertaken training in assessing sex offenders and regularly provides independent medical assessments for victim of historical child sexual abuse in care. He regularly appears in court to provide expert testimony.
Dr Bala accepts instructions for legal practitioners only; he is not able to provide treatment currently, and he does not accept referrals for family court assessments. The waitlist to see Dr Bala is approximately six months.
Dr Bala supports adult inpatients at Ramsay Clinic Cairns.