About Dr Russell D'Souza

Executive Summary

Professor Dr. Russell D’Souza is currently the Executive Director Global Operations Totem International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine. Totem institute is based in Port Melbourne Australia and Melbourne Florida USA with presence in UK, Netherlands, Ireland and India. This institute offers the sophisticated psychological and intellectual medicine based human resource management competencies for senior executives in organizations. The Institute is involved in academic, consultation and research in enhancing the potential, increasing returns on investment and preventing psychological dysfunction of organizational human capital. Professor D’Souza has developed the paradigm shift in positive human resource management with the evidence based science of Total Human Capital Management Solutions (THCMS). Applying the THCMS science in programs that have been developed and tested on health care work force in Australia and UK. Results include: Positive outcomes resulting in the full creative and innovative potential being achieved for the Organization. Achieving of the minds and hearts alignment, with organizational goals and values. A re-moralized Human Capital, by discovering New Meaning, Finding Purpose, Enhanced Belief in the Career, Increased Feeling of Value. Thus, maximizing employee output, through the creation of a nurturing organizational community. These programs are being applied in organizations at countries and regions.

Australian Medicine and Psychiatry

He has contributed to psychiatry, mental health service and rural health service in Australia and worked in Australian Public health system for the last 27 years. He has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and has contributed to chapters in books.

Till October 2012 he was the Director of Clinical Trials and Bipolar Program at the Northern Psychiatry Research Centre – a joint initiative of Northwest Mental Health, Melbourne University and Mental Health Research Institute. He has held this position since 2004 Earlier being the Deputy Medical Superintendent of the Broken Hill, Base Hospital and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Rural and Remote Mental Health, Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney, Broken Hill from 2000 to 2002 after which he was the Director of Continuing Care, Community Mental Health Program, and Consultant Psychiatrist Central East Mental Health, Eastern Health, Box Hill Melbourne from 2002 to Aug 2004. In these appointments he held senior administration and management position and duties in the respective health services.

He completed his medical graduation MBBS in 1977 and post graduate training and Doctor of Medicine at Madras Medical College, University of Madras, Madras India. He migrated to Australia in 1987 where he then undertook successfully post graduate Australian qualifications in Psychiatry from Melbourne University and Monash University. In 1991 he joined and completed the psychiatrist training program at the South Australian branch of the RANZCP. He completed successfully post graduate qualifications in Health Service Management, Business Administration, Clinical Trials Management and Medical Administration.
In 2000 achieved from the American Board of Disability Analysts; American Board certified Diplomat Senior Disability Analyst.
In 2009 he was elected the President of the Australian and New Zealand Branch of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. He contributed the WAPR ANZ growth and scientific understanding of recovery and rehabilitation with a number of programs in collaboration with NGOs and community programs.

In 2006 he received the Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. In 2007 he was accepted as a Candidate for the Fellowship Training Program of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators with Advanced standing granted for his experience in Medical Administration.

In October 2007 he was granted after successful examination, the Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

He is a member of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators. In 2005 he was awarded the Distinguished International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association at the American Psychiatric Association Congress in Toronto for his contributions’ to World Psychiatry.

In 2011 Professor Russell D’Souza was appointed along with Dr Mukesh Haikerwal – (the 19th President of the Australian Medical Association) as the foundation co Chair of the Federation of Australian Asian Medical Associations incorporating the Australian Chinese Medical Association, Australian Indian Medical Graduates Association, Vietnamese Australian Medical Association, Australian Korean Medical Association, the Burmese Medical Association of Australia, the Srilankan Doctors Association of Australia and the Indo Australasian Psychiatry Association.

He has been a member of the Australian Medical Association since 1988 and in early 2013 to date elected as the Chair of the Northern division of the Victorian Australian Medical Association.


Asian Psychiatry

In the last 12 years he has been involved in the international and world organizations involved in psychiatry and Mental health particularly being involved in the disaster intervention in psychiatry and rehabilitation after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. He was involved with the earth quake in Kashmir on the Pakistan side with a yearlong recovery and rehabilitation initiative. Was involved in developing psychological interventions following the cyclone disaster at Bangladesh and the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

He has worked with enhancing the capacity of psychiatry and mental health care of the low income regions and the population of Asia which houses over 60% of the world’s population.

Asian Journal of Psychiatry

He initiated the Asian Journal of Psychiatry which was launched in 2008 at the WPA Congress in Prague by the President of the WPA. This initiative is to bring the scholarly quality work that is being carried out in regional and non English publications in regional Asia.

He is the managing editor of Elsevier’s Indexed Asian Journal of Psychiatry. He is also the editor of the section on Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry.

He is the past Treasurer and Board member of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations that represents over 40 countries psychiatry bodies.

World Psychiatric Association

Was appointed to the scientific section of Disaster psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association and has developed new perspectives in approaching disaster psychiatry interventions and is currently the President of the section on disaster psychiatry.

Based on his work in many of the developing regions affected with natural and human disasters he was appointed to the section on psychiatry in the developing and low income countries of the World Psychiatric Association when this scientific section was initiated in 2005 AGM at the WPA World Congress. He is currently the Co Chair of the WPA section on psychiatry in developing countries. Over the last 5 years he serves on the operation committee on scientific section of the WPA.


In 2011 he was appointed the Chair Asia Pacific Bioethics Network for Education Science and Technology Mandated to establishing UNESCO Bioethics units in Universities and centers in UNESCOAustralia, the Pacific and Asia, that will respond to emerging trends in bioethics generated by the UNESCO as expressed in its Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights of October 2005. The Asia Pacific Network works to strengthen develop, promote and carry out academic research training as well as other activities towards achieving the UNESCO objectives. He established, leads and coordinates the UNESCO Bioethics units in reputed universities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, India, Srilanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.


Professor Russell D’Souza was elected the founding president of the Indian Global Psychiatric Initiative.

In January 2010 at the Annual Congress of the Indian Psychiatric Society at Jaipur, the Indian Global Psychiatric Initiative was inaugurated. This initiative brought together the psychiatrists of Indian ancestry from the world and from India together. This included the Indian Association of Private psychiatry, the Indo American psychiatry Association, the Indo Australian and New Zealand psychiatrist Association, the British Indian Psychiatrists Association, the Indo Canadian Psychiatry Association and the Indo Irish Psychiatry Association. These represent over 17 thousand psychiatrist from all continents. Outstanding annual scientific conferences are organized and a number of initiatives of continuing professional development to increase the capacity of mental health care in India are being perused as some of the objectives.