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The Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to work as clinical psychologists or health psychologists. Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose and treat people with psychological problems and mental illnesses. As well as clinical practice, clinical psychologists may also engage in research and teaching roles. Health Psychologists are specialists in understanding the link between health (wellbeing and illness) and psychological factors such as beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. Health psychologists generally work within two fields: clinical health where they work with people suffering an illness or injury; and health promotion where they design targeted programs that promote healthy lifestyles and illness prevention.
The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. The program has also been approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Health Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of determining eligibility for college membership.
The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology. Some of these jobs will depend on one’s prior studies and level of experience.
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology graduates find employment opportunities in small, medium or large organisations of varying industries. Below are some examples of organisations that may recruit those holding this degree. Check employers’ websites for sections titled Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs, or for similar sections. Some employers may also offer vacation work opportunities.
- ACT Health (Australia)
- Australian Defence Force (International)
- Beyond Blue Australia (Australia)
- Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (Australia)
- Cancer Council Australia (Australia)
- Centre for Clinical Interventions (Australia)
- CSIRO (Australia)
- Diabetes Australia (Australia)
- Eastern Health (Australia)
- Healthscope Limited (Australia)
- Heart Foundation (Australia)
- Neuroscience Research Australia (Australia)
- Northern Health (Australia)
- NT Health (Australia)
- QLD Department of Corrective Services (Australia)
- QLD Health (Australia)
- Remote Area Health Corps (Australia)
- Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Australia)
- SA Health (Australia)
- Schizophrenia Research Institute Australia (Australia)
- VicHealth (Australia)
- WA Department of Corrective Services (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- APS College of Clinical Psychologists (Australia)
- APS College of Health Psychologists (Australia)
- Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (Australia)
- Australian Health Promotion Association (Australia)
- The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs