ECG Mentors

Aili Hanim Hashim

Dr Aili Hanim Hashim is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist formerly attached to the Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She worked at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, for over thirty years. She started as a trainee lecturer and was an associate professor at the department when she retired.


Her qualifications are as stated fellow:


Masters of Psychological Medicine (UM)

Certificate in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Mindful, Melbourne, Australia)


Professional Membership:

Secretary, Malaysian Psychiatry Association (MPA) since October 2022.

Chairperson, Malaysian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association (MYCAPs) since August 2022.

Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Health Professionals (ASCAPAP) Board Member


Aili Hashim is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist. Aili completed her medical studies and Master's in Psychological Medicine at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. As soon as she qualified as a psychiatrist and in her early years in psychiatry, working with teenage pregnancy and victims of abuse provided her with the impetus to why she should work in child and adolescent mental health. Aili then did her Child and Adolescent Mental Health study in Melbourne, Australia. It was a wonderful experience for her, and the training allowed her to further her interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy.


Her passion consequently led her to establish the university hospital's Psychiatry Adolescent and Child unit. The unit allowed Aili to do preventive and clinical work while providing a platform to embark on her other passion, i.e., teaching. Aili recognised she needed to create interest among psychiatric trainees to carry on with the work in child and adolescent mental health. Aili utilises psychodynamic psychotherapy principles, teaching her trainees to learn to understand their clients and their family. The process helped create awareness of the importance of empathy, with the doctors creating a supportive and caring therapeutic alliance while managing their clients.


Aili practices the same principles working with school counsellors. Aili emphasises working with the counsellors and discipline teachers to use a more understanding and humane approach while working with the children. Such an approach allows the adults to provide alternative ways of dealing with children. It helps increase the school counsellors' empathy for the children, and the latter will hopefully see that adults are approachable and understanding.


Consequently, Aili has published several articles including written book chapters about her work with families in children with mental health difficulties.


Aili continues to work in her retirement years. She works in a private setting and continues to provide support to others in the public setting.