- Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates should demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to work as clinical neuropsychologists.
- Graduates will acquire advanced knowledge of the clinical neurosciences that apply to the practice of clinical neuropsychology and an understanding how these apply to the investigation of cerebral disease and injury.
- Graduates will be able to evaluate and diagnose neuropsychological disorders with reference to internationally accepted consensus criteria and taxonomies.
- Graduates will be able to employ advanced communication skills in reporting to and consulting with referral sources.
- Graduates will be able to implement psychological interventions tailored to the needs of the individual and evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of interventions.
- Graduates will be able to utilise appropriate referral pathways to further clinical care.
- Graduates should demonstrate the ability to undertake a substantial piece of original research in clinical psychology and complete a research thesis which makes a distinct contribution to knowledge.
Application of skills
- Graduates should demonstrate knowledge of the range of settings in which clinical neuropsychologists work and will have skills and knowledge that enables them to engage in competent and reflective practice in a variety of neuropsychological settings. They will demonstrate the ability to consult and collaborate with colleagues, including those from other professions. They should also demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles and reasoning in psychological research and practice, particularly with reference to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
- Attention to detail
- Time management and planning
- Written and spoken communication skills
- Analysis and critical thinking
The Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy prepares graduates who are distinguished by their breadth and depth of psychological knowledge, research and inquiry skills, and their ability to apply these to identify and provide treatment for diseases of the central nervous system, particularly those affecting the brain, that can occur across the lifespan. Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy graduates demonstrate:
- Advanced psychological knowledge related to practice in clinical neuropsychology, including identification and treatment of a range of neurological and central nervous system diseases that present across the lifespan.
- Critical, creative thinking with strong reasoning skills. They can apply psychological knowledge, information and research skills to complex problems relating to mental health and illness, human behaviour, and behavioural change.
- The ability to employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients.
- Critical evaluation of alternative possibilities and viewpoints, demonstrating that they are adept lifelong learners who generate bold and novel ideas.
- A high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment.
- An awareness of the social and cultural diversity in communities and can work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
- An understanding of and deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and values.
- The potential to become leaders in their professions and communities as they are active, well-informed citizens who make substantial contributions to society.
Integrity and self-awareness
- Self-direction, with the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities.
- The ability to work effectively both independently and in groups.
- Skills in self-assessment, reflective thinking and self-awareness; placing great importance on their personal and professional integrity, and on the willingness to explore, experiment and learn from mistakes.
- Empathy and concern for the welfare of others and have developed skills in managing their own well-being.
Last updated: 30 January 2024