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What does a Psychologist do?

Psychologists study the cognitive, emotional and social aspects of behaviour. They provide services in a range of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools and private practices. Health psychologists specialise in understanding the effects of psychological factors related to health and illness.


Psychologists use evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to help people adjust to acute, chronic, or complex medical conditions; and also assist people with mental illness.
Their role includes:

  • Working with medical practitioners and other health care professionals to implement patient programs to promote health, prevent illness and to facilitate chronic disease self-management
  • Working with individuals to make lifestyle changes to maximise health and functional outcomes
  • Addressing emotional and behavioural factors related to adjustment to chronic conditions or injury
  • Helping patients with life-threatening conditions to manage pain, cope with medical interventions and the side effects of interventions
  • Assisting individuals to adhere to treatment regimes
  • Providing support to patient’s families and carers

Medicare Eligibility

To be eligible to provide Medicare services, psychologists must be registered with the Psychologists Registration Board in the State or Territory in which they are practising. Most private health insurers provide rebates.


A registered psychologist must have completed a four-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited university degree, followed by an APAC accredited post graduate degree or two years of supervised professional training. As a condition of registration, psychologists must strictly adhere to professional and ethical guidelines.
Health psychologists have completed tertiary and/or post graduate training in both psychological and medical principles. They have been trained in the application of psychology to health promotion and illness, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and relapse prevention.



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