Psychology fieldwork

Fieldwork/clinical placements provide you with important opportunities to learn through direct experience. During placement, you will put your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic psychology contexts. You will engage with people from diverse backgrounds, including other health professionals you may work alongside in the future.

a student working with a community group


Our fieldwork partnerships offer challenging and rewarding learning experiences, across a variety of sectors, populations and service delivery models. Clinical placements occur within the Perth metropolitan area, at a number of rural locations around Western Australia and for some courses, selected international locations.

Future students

Please read the following essential requirements for fieldwork/clinical placement before you enrol in a course.

You do not need to meet these requirements before you enrol, but it’s important you understand your obligations so you can successfully complete the placement component of your course.

Master of Psychology (Clinical and Counselling)

You will complete three fieldwork placements, equivalent to 45 days each, across the two years of the Masters in Clinical Psychology degree. The majority of placements take place in the Perth metropolitan area, but there are opportunities for you to complete placements in regional settings. Under the supervision of qualified Clinical Psychologists, these fieldwork experiences build in their complexity and intensity over the years. These placements cover adult and child problems, institutional and non-institutional settings, acute care and rehabilitation with the disabled, in both medical and non-medical agencies.

The first fieldwork placement will be completed in either the Curtin Child and Adolescent Psychology Clinic, or the Curtin Adult Psychology Clinic. These Clinics are housed in the Curtin Health and Wellness Centre and provide community based mental health assessment and treatment on a state-wide basis.

The second and third fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including:

  • Major teaching hospitals, including Princess Margaret, Fiona Stanley, Sir Charles Gairdner, Royal Perth, Graylands, and King Edward Memorial Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • University Counselling Services
  • Department of Health services, including Child Development Centres, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Adult and Older Adult Outpatient Mental Health Clinics,
  • Disability Services Commission
  • Department for Child Protection and Family Support
  • Non-government organisations
  • Private practices

The course’s essential fieldwork requirements are listed below:

  • Student declaration
  • AHPRA Registration
  • Criminal record screening
  • Immunisation
  • Working with Children Check

For more details on these requirements, click here

Master of Psychology (Professional)

This course requires students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:

  • Student declaration
  • AHPRA registration
  • Criminal record screening and clearance

For more details on these requirements, click here

Current students

Read about your obligations as a current student and find links to useful resources.

Important information for current students

In the field, you will be representing yourself, your course or chosen profession, and Curtin University. You are expected to demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour at all times.

As a student, you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct. To facilitate this, you should refer to your unit outline, Blackboard and the fieldwork manual, and read the important information on essential fieldwork requirements.

Useful resources