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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.

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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.

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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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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Gain skills to assess, diagnose and treat problems with human movement in preparation for a career as a Physiotherapist with this degree.

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Latest Clinician reviews

Latest reviews from 6 Clinicians surveyed on SEEK
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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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May 2021
Clinical roles in mental health are challenging but incredibly rewarding
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Master of Social Work
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
Being in a counselling or clinical role in Mental Health can be incredibly rewarding. Being in a position to assist people work through very difficult experiences and see them thrive is a beautiful ex...
The challenges
Challenges of counselling or clinical roles in mental health is that sometimes it can be tough, the presentations are often complex and self care is important to ensure good boundaries and prevent bur...
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