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PSYC71-509: Health Psychology


This subject provides 36 hours of formal academic training in health psychology, behavioural medicine, and rehabilitation. The subject is designed to develop students' understanding of the processes of, and developmental issues in acute and chronic illness, and evidence-based interventions for dealing with health risk factors. Topics include the aetiology, assessment and treatment of significant health problems such as chronic pain, drug and alcohol addiction, and sleep and eating problems. Students learn motivational interviewing and relapse prevention strategies. There is an additional 12 hours of formal academic training in specialised evidence-based interventions for health problems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,440
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,500

Learning outcomes

1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways.
2. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner.
3. Perform appropriate standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning.
4. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
5. Utilise assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment and management of risk.
6. Understand how to monitor outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation
7. Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language.
8. Knowledge of supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
9. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals.
10. Capacity to work effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements.
11. Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence.
12. Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures.
13. Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result.
14. Evaluate the effectiveness of their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.
15. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
16. Investigate a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology.
17. Knowledge of current theories, systems, regulatory and statutory authorities.
18. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation, diagnosis, and psychopharmacology.
19. Apply advanced psychological knowledge in formulation, and culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.
20. Apply advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs are accredited pathways towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into these programs is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard OfferingStandard Offering
Enrolment opens23/03/202123/03/2021
Semester start17/05/202117/05/2021
Subject start24/05/202117/05/2021
Cancellation 1?07/06/202131/05/2021
Cancellation 2?11/06/202107/06/2021
Last enrolment05/06/202130/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?21/06/202112/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?08/07/202103/07/2021
Teaching census?20/06/202111/06/2021