'Health Psychology' (Speech, Language and Health Programme)
Guest Speaker: Dr Sally Sargeant, Assistant Professor at School of Medicine and Health, Bond University, Australia
Behavioural science is an essential component in medical education. Medical councils cite social and behavioural sciences in the core learning requirements for graduating doctors. However, students’ perceptions of the discipline, along with limited curriculum space can hinder the meaningful integration of mainstream health psychology medical curricula, let alone more critical perspectives.
In 2012 I took a leap of faith. I left my position as an academic in a UK psychology department to work in an Australian medical school within a private university. In this talk I blend my personal experience alongside my pedagogical and applied psychological research to explore the intersection of critical health psychology and medicine. This deploys a range of examples, including addressing health inequalities within Australia’s indigenous population through to healthcare communication and decision-making. Overall, the discussion centres on how critical health psychologists can and must persist in ensuring that our research outcomes are disseminated within the education of health professionals.
Refreshments available from 2.45pm.