Prospective and newly commencing students should refer to our new program

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Program handbook


The Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to work as Clinical Psychologists or Health Psychologists. It aims to educate psychologists who can apply psychological research and methods to: the prevention and management of disease and mental disorder; the promotion and maintenance of (mental) health; the identification of psychological factors contributing to illness and disorder; and the improvement of the health care system and health policy.

The program has 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.

There will be no further intake to the program.  Courses in the program will still be available for students currently enrolled in the program, until all students have met requirements to qualify for the degree.


Information correct as at20th Mar 2018 6:52am
Program code11704
Mode of delivery
  • Combination of Online and Face to Face
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Science
    Contributing schools
    1. School of Medicine and Public Health
    2. School of Psychology
    Relevant University rules and policies
    CRICOS Code062577A

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    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

    The Pro Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board  may  grant credit for coursework units if

    (a) they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding components of the Doctoral program, and

    (b) they were completed within the previous five years in a program accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

    Credit may be granted for the prior award of a Masters degree in Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology (or equivalents) accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council but only to a maximum of 120 units, and no credit may be granted for a previous research thesis.

    Compulsory program requirements

    Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

    In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

    PSYC6504 - Psychology Clinic Placement

    PSYC6508 - Psychology Placement 2

    PSYC6512 - Psychology Placement 3

    PSYC6516 - Psychology Placement 4

    PSYC6517 - Psychology Placement 5

    Professional recognition

    Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

    This degree program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and has approval from the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Health Psychologists, for the purposes of determining eligibility for membership of the College.

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    250 units

    Program duration

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

    International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

    Program requirements

    To qualify for graduation with the Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology, a candidate shall satisfactorily complete a program of study totaling not less than 250 units, comprising: Five placements (each 10 units), Research and Research-Related courses (80 units), and twelve Compulsory taught Courses (120 units). The placements are available in a wide range of settings, and the placement supervisors are qualified Psychologists who are eligible for membership of the College of Health Psychologists or the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. One of the research courses is a compulsory course on research methods (10 units), whilst the others comprise an individual research project undertaken under supervision. The project must make an original and significant contribution of merit to scientific knowledge and must address a topic relevant to Clinical Health Psychology. The taught courses include: health and psychology, professional and ethical practice, introduction to health promotion, counselling and clinical interventions, health program evaluation; motivating health behaviour change, facilitating best practice health care, advanced population health psychology, clinical psychology of adults, children, and adolescents, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment.

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    Additional documents

    Transition arrangements

    For students who have commenced this program prior to 2011, you are advised to contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    HPRO6715Foundations of Health Promotion
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
    10 units
    HPRO6900Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
    10 units
    MEDI6145Motivating Health Behaviour Change
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
    10 units
    PSYC6501Professional and Ethical Practice
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6502Counselling and Clinical Intervention
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6503Clinical Psychology with Adults
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6504Psychology Clinic Placement
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6505Research Development
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6506Clinical Psychology with Children and Families
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6507Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6508Psychology Placement 2
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6509Advanced Clinical Psychology with Adults
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6510Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6511Research Project 1
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6512Psychology Placement 3
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6515Research Project 2Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6516Psychology Placement 4
    • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC6517Psychology Placement 5Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6518Research Project 3Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6519Research Project 4Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6520Research Project 5Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6521Research Project 6Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6523Research Project (Doctorate Final)Not currently offered10 units
    PSYC6601Health and Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan Distance)
    10 units
    PSYC6606Facilitating Best Practice Health CareNot currently offered10 units

    Additional information

    All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

    International students

    It is a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) that all non-Australian qualifications, including qualifications from New Zealand, are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee of $AUD 600, the APS determines the level at which an applicant's qualifications are equivalent to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society.

    A telephone interview may be offered, but International students are asked to arrange access to a computer with a webcam and SKYPE. International students are asked to include on their letter of application a  SKYPE address and the landline telephone number that they will be contactable on during the interview period.

    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online