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Clinician

Work as the primary carer to help patients manage their illness or medical condition.

What's it like to be a Clinician?

A Clinician may be a general practitioner, therapist, nurse, pharmacist or other type of healthcare professional. The main function of the Clinician is to help alleviate the effects of a sick person’s illness on both themselves and their family.

Clinician

Tasks and duties

  • Gathering diagnostic information on a patient’s condition.
  • Recommending appropriate treatments to a patient such as writing prescriptions and establishing prevention strategies.
  • Promoting healthcare measures.
  • Managing a patient’s disease and its impacts.
  • Helping patients to determine and manage the risks that are associated with their condition.
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This field of medicine isn't necessarily about diagnosis or finding a cure, it is more about managing the patient and their illness, and reducing the impact of the illness on the patient's life. It may involve managing medications but it also includes guiding the patient with techniques such as exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.

Because Clinicians focus on the patient, building and maintaining the Clinician-patient relationship is crucial. Being a good Clinician requires not only gathering diagnostics but listening to the patient about the problem, the progress of treatment and making adjustments accordingly.

What can I earn as a Clinician?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Clinician is between $90k and $100k

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How to become a Clinician


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The steps towards becoming a Clinician vary according to the type of Clinician you choose to become. Becoming a General Practitioner will vary to becoming a Registered Nurse or Physiotherapist.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in a relevant field such as a medicine, nursing or physiotherapy.
  2. Sometimes a Clinician is required to hold a master's degree for example, in counselling or a related field. A master's program typically covers advanced topics, such as assessment techniques. These courses will prepare a student for clinical experience in their chosen field.
  3. Complete the required number of hours of supervised clinical experience, or an internship.
  4. Obtain a license to practice in your chosen field.
  5. Undertake continuing education in order to maintain licensure.

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How do Clinicians rate their role?

Latest reviews from 3 Clinicians surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
4.7
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
4.0

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Aug 2019
If you’re passion is helping people then this job is for you
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Addictions, Family Therapy, Loss and Grief)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Trauma Therapy
The good things
Wha I love about the role is the interactions with people. As a an AOD Clinician I work as part of a team who are at various levels of experience and expertise. I’m always learning new things and help...
The challenges
Keeping in mind that for different people different things are challenging, for me the most challenging part is the admin. Since I started working in the industry in late 2008 the admin requirements h...
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Aug 2019
Bringing psychology to the community is professionally and personally rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Psychology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Psychology
The good things
I really enjoyed this role, both personally and professionally. The headspace vibe is very welcoming for young people and the program is genuinely motivated to support clients. I thoroughly recommend ...
The challenges
High demand and competing priorities were the main challenge. Managing the relatively high risk of the client group while not being a organisation with powers under the MH Act was also challenging.
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