Inherent requirements for Flinders University postgraduate psychology degrees:
Flinders University and the College of Education, Psychology & Social Work (CEPSW) strongly support the right of all people to pursue a professional psychology course.
Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit, while preserving the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students.
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.
The College is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, practicums and other activities to enable students to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.
Students are required to undertake placement activities which reflect the Australian psychology clinical and professional practice context which may include mixed gender, religious and culturally diverse environments. For further information contact your Course Coordinator.
To support potential and current students' decision making, a series of inherent requirement statements have been developed. These statements specify the course requirements of the postgraduate psychology courses for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance.
Our postgraduate psychology courses offer two pathways to registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), which is a partner board of the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA). The higher degree pathway enables you to apply for registration as a registered psychologist following successful completion of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology). The 5+1 pathway requires successful completion of the one-year Master of Professional Psychology, which enables you to apply for an external sixth-year internship (which students must arrange themselves). Successful completion of these components enables you to apply for general registration as a registered psychologist.
The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide to inform decision making for students and staff.
If you are intending to enrol in a postgraduate psychology course in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (CEPSW), you should look at these inherent requirement statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.
If you think you may experience challenges for any reason including a disability or chronic health condition, you should discuss your concerns with the CEPSW staff, such as the Course Coordinator, Head of Discipline, or College Disability Academic Advisor (CDAA). These staff can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the inherent requirements. In the case where it is determined that inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the University staff can provide guidance regarding other study options.
These inherent requirements should be read in conjunction with other course information, the PsyBA's codes, guidelines and policies and the APAC's standards and guidelines. The APAC is the accreditation authority for this course.
Each inherent requirement is made up of the following five levels:
The exemplars provided are not intended as an exhaustive list.
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