A passion for Indigenous mental health issues has fuelled the career of UQ Psychology graduate Sara Jones.
Ms Jones completed the UQ Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours in 2007 followed by the Masters in Clinical Psychology. She then completed one year of supervised practice to become a clinical psychologist so she could follow her dream of contributing back to the Indigenous community.
She currently works across the private and public sector, as a clinical psychologist at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, in private practice, and as a supervisor for the UQ Psychology Clinic.
She also works as a researcher in the area of substance misuse through QUT.
“I always wanted to be a psychologist so that I could help people who were struggling with mental health issues,” she said.
“The Bachelor of Psychological Science offered a comprehensive range of subjects that went across many areas of mental health, and offered an outstanding quality of lecturers and convenors who had world class expertise in areas of Psychology.
“The solid grounding in empirical based interventions and theories across a varied area of issues laid a good starting block to give me the confidence to approach a variety of presentations in a focused manner.
“In 10 years’ time I would hope to have continued with my roles in these sectors and increase my practice in the area of Indigenous mental health.”