After he graduates, Joshua is determined to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people dealing with mental illness.

Joshua will soon commence his final semester of a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and after almost four years of full-time study remains a passionate advocate for improving the mental health of disabled and aged individuals.

Outside of his studies, Joshua works as a disability and aged care support worker, so has experience caring for individuals with both mental and physical disabilities and helping them to live their lives to the fullest.

“I was drawn to psychology through my work in the disability and aged care sector and an interest in the processes at work behind the struggles of those I support,” Joshua said. “I chose to enrol in a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) as I believe I can contribute to the industry in a larger way and improve people’s lives through psychological interventions.”

Joshua says the highlights of his degree have been the relationships and networks he has built.

“I’ve made strong friendships with my peers and built solid relationships with my lecturers and tutors which has benefited me personally and professionally,” he said.

Joshua is happy with his choice to study a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Newcastle due to the unique opportunities for Work Integrated Learning he has been given.

“My time studying at the University of Newcastle has definitely positively impacted my future care opportunities,” Joshua said.

“In the first semester of my third year I was able to get out of the classroom and into the real world to work for a mental health and counselling centre on the Central Coast.”

“I was also lucky enough to receive a Scholarship over the summer of my second year of study, which enabled me to work as a research assistant for one of the University of Newcastle’s Psychology Professors. This hands-on research experience was invaluable as I proceeded through my third year and honours year”.

Coming to the end of his degree, Joshua has advice for prospective and even current students.

“The most important thing you can do throughout your degree to set yourself up for success is to engage with your teachers. Get to know your lecturers and tutors and be a question asker, you may annoy one person, but you’ll reassure 10, trust me.”

Study a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Newcastle

Joshua Keane

Joshua will soon commence his final semester of a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and after almost four years of full-time study remains a passionate advocate for improving the mental health of disabled and aged individuals.

I chose to enrol in a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) as I believe I can contribute to the industry in a larger way and improve people’s lives through psychological interventions.

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