Psychology student numbers on the rise
‘There are higher levels of depression across rural populations and an increase of psychological services across regional and rural areas is important for the community,’ he says.
Dr Wright says that the Medicare rebate has increased job opportunities for students, which is a possible reason behind student numbers rising each year.
‘Students are being employed quickly in the sector upon completion of their degree. And the great thing about psychology is that it opens the doors to many different types of areas to work in.’
‘The beauty of the degree is that it appeals to 18 year olds who may not know what to study. In psychology you can work in health, sports, business and many other industries. It’s not just about therapy.’
There are now over 100 students studying Psychology at the Albury-Wodonga campus and Dr Wright says the increase of enrolments over the years has led to more students pursuing post graduate studies and researching areas in rural communities that require more attention.
‘There are some exciting new research projects tackling mental health issues in rural communities. These are important issues for the community and it is great to see a large proportion of students taking an interest in this problem,’ says Dr Wright.
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