Departments and Centres

The School currently comprises of six academic units:

Department of Psychology and Counselling

The Department of Psychology and Counselling is an integrated department offering traditional and online learning experiences. It operates across multiple campuses and locations, including Melbourne, Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga.

The Department offers a range of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels specialising in the scientific study of human behaviour, including fields such as clinical psychology, health psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, behavioural neuroscience, neuropsychology and social psychology.

Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health works to improve the health of individuals and of society by building the capacity of practitioners working in a range of areas, to protect and promote health in organisations, workplaces, and local communities

The Department hosts and partners with a number of research centres and specialist units:

Palliative Care Unit

The PCU provides health promotion education and training, community development, direct service and research for clinical palliative care and related service providers throughout Victoria.

Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors (CEHF)

Established in 1987, CEHF has been a member (under designation) of the World Health Organisation Network of Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health since 2006.  The CEHF research program and associated consulting activities are characterised by a broad, socio-technical systems approach to assessing and managing workplace health and safety risks.

Centre for Health Communication and Participation (CHCP)

The Centre for Health Communication and Participation (CHCP) was established in April 2009, springing from the work of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group (CCCRG). The Centre's mission is to improve health communication with and participation by consumers and carers through evidence-informed policy and decision making.

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC)

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) is based at the Sax Institute. Funded by the NHMRC, industry partners and government agencies it is a national collaboration of researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are working together to identify new ways of understanding what works and what doesn’t to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health problems in Australia.

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)

ARCSHS is a centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships. We work in partnership with communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals to produce research that advances knowledge and promotes positive change in policy, practice and people's lives.

The Bouverie Centre: Victoria's Family Institute

The Bouverie Centre is focused on the delivery of family therapy and the investigation of best practice in this field within the School of Psychology and Public Health.

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC)

OTARC was established to advance knowledge on the nature and causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as to develop and study evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals and families affected by these conditions.

Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR)

CAPR is an innovative, world-class research facility at the forefront of informed alcohol policy development and examines alcohol-related harms and the effectiveness of alcohol-related policies.

The Centre's sole focus is on building the evidence-base on alcohol issues. This places CAPR at the forefront of informed alcohol policy development in Australia. Working in partnership with Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), CAPR's research discoveries can be promoted to inform the best, most effective alcohol-policy in Australia.