Club Psychologist - Melbourne Football Club - Closing 28 Nov 2021

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  • Melbourne ▸ Victoria ▸ Australia
  • Nov 22, 2021
Contractor/temporary Psychology

Job Description


The Melbourne Football Club is the founding Club of the AFL. Our journey started 162 years ago when we wrote the rules of the game and then became the inaugural VFA/VFL/AFL Club and still carries the distinction of being the oldest professional sporting club in the world. Our vision of the future has been shaped by the foundations of our past. A foundation which created the Demon Spirit.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Club Psychologist to join Melbourne Football Club in Season 2022. This is a part-time position, 22.5 hours per week, on a 12-24-month contract. The Club Psychologist will deliver psychological support (i.e., performance and wellbeing) to players in the AFL program to improve, maintain and enable optimal mental wellbeing that enhances performance-based outcomes.

The Club Psychologist is also responsible for delivering professional development opportunities to staff that include, but are not limited to, mental health first aid, performance-based interventions and strategies, and effective communication strategies.


Reporting directly to the GM - AFL Football Performance, the key areas of responsibilities will include:

Provision of psychological counselling and performance-based support to AFL athletes to aid in the improvement and maintenance of wellbeing and performance-based outcome
Provision of mental health and wellbeing support, and referral services to AFL athletes (i.e., depression, anxiety, disordered sleep).
Coaching and education for staff and athletes in the AFL program in psychological skills for:
maintaining mental health (e.g., mental health first aid, mindfulness, relaxation, stress management, time management
performance improvements (e.g., anxiety control, focus and concentration, pre-performance routines, cognitive skills for maintaining performance)
Psychological profiling of potential new recruits and draftees as requires by the List Management team
Mentor the AFLW Performance Psychologist

Full Registration as a Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and meets the following criteria:
Has held full registration for a minimum of three years
Experience working with elite and professional athletes
Experience working in a team environment
Has experience in the identification and treatment of mental health disorders
Complies with the code of ethics and legal requirements of the psychology profession
Meeting the below suggested criteria would be advantageous:
Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Sport and Exercise Psychology area of practice endorsement with the APS

This position presents the opportunity to work in a unique environment, the home of sport within the Melbourne & Olympic Park Sporting Precinct, as well as our newly developed high performance facility at Casey Fields. We provide a welcoming, safe, and flexible approach to work and provide an environment that benefits from and enables the best from everyone. Our people will thrive within a club that is committed to a creating an environment where we feel proud to belong, supported by a culture of wellbeing and balance.


If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please submit a cover letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role.

Applications close midnight Sunday 28 November.

The Melbourne Football Club is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified and diverse candidates.

Please note that due to the overwhelming number of applications received by the Club, we are unable to reply to every application. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Our Commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People

Melbourne Football Club aims to provide children and young people with a positive and enriching environment that promotes their social, physical, or emotional development and love for our Club.

We are committed to safeguarding children and young people in our care and ensuring that they feel safe and are safe. We expect representatives of the Club, regardless of their role or level of responsibility to support such an environment. This role will be subject to relevant pre-employment checks, including a National Police Check and a Victorian Working with Children Check.

Essential Requirements
Relevant Tertiary Qualification
Full Registration as a Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Desirable Criteria
Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)