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Unit Overview


A clinical psychologist working in medical settings applies, in professional practice, the specific educational, scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health; the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of illness, injury and disability; the identification of etiologic and diagnostic correlates of health, illness and related dysfunction; and the analysis and improvement of healthcare delivery. This unit examines the interrelationship of psychology and health using a biopsychosocial perspective.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop skills in providing clinical psychology services for individuals with health problems that are appropriate to the client's context, considering evolving case formulation (e.g., health and related concerns, family/social networks, and organisational, cultural or community contexts); (2) consider and self-reflect on ethical issues involved in providing psychological interventions for clients considering their broader context (including culture), and employ professional communication skills to relate these in writing; (3) understand and orally communicate psychological theories of the aetiology, progression, precursors and sequelae, and the relevant evidence-base that underlie the role of psychological interventions and services for clients with ill health, across the lifespan and considering their diversity; (4) apply evidence-based and scientific methods to understand, orally communicate, and demonstrate professional practice in an area of health psychology in a role-play, showing understanding of multidisciplinary health contexts, considering developmental context and diversity; and (5) demonstrate respect for other professionals (e.g., health and allied health professionals), and appropriately communicate in a written case scenario the role that psychologists play in working with other professionals to benefit clients (e.g., within multidisciplinary teams).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) written report; and (3) attendance to lectures and seminars. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the attendance to lectures and seminars component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cele Richardson
Unit rules
Enrolment in
01870/54570 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
and Successful completion of
two Unit(s) PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
and Unit(s) PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
Unit(s) PSYC5567 Clinical Health Psychology
Contact hours
Seminars: 12 x 2.5 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.