Psychologist (AFL Program)

  • : Richmond Football Club
  • : 02-Nov-2020
  • : All Melbourne VIC

POSITION TITLE:                   Psychologist (AFL Program)

REPORTS TO:                        General Manager – Football Performance

DEPARTMENT:                      Football

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:          General Manager – Human Resources

                                                Club Psychologist

                                                Club Doctor

                                                General Manager – Talent

                                                Player Development Manager & Coordinator


                                                Medical staff

                                                Peak Performance Consultants

                                                AFL & AFLPA

                                                AFLPA Psychologists

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT:    Contractor – 12 Months (approx. 16 hours per week)#

Richmond Football Club are seeking a qualified psychologist with experience in sport or comparable performance settings to work within the Men’s Football Program to support the strongest mental health and wellbeing possible for individual players.


The Richmond Football Club’s vision is for a Strong & Bold Premiership Club. In line with this, and the Club Purpose of Connecting to Thrive and Win, the Psychologist is responsible for providing the right support and expertise to our players regarding individual health, wellbeing and high performance. 

Under the strategic guidance of the Club Psychologist and the Club Doctor, the Psychologist works with players both individually and in group settings to integrate our pillars of high performance in a way that also maximises the mental wellbeing of each player. By collaborating with other Football Department staff using a case management approach, the Psychologist is responsible for identifying and addressing factors that are affecting the mental health and wellbeing (and how it relates to performance) of players.



 1.      AFL Men’s Player Performance & Wellbeing

·Use a coaching approach with individual players to maintain and enhance mental health, as well as identify and address (including triage and external referral as appropriate) factors that are impacting mental health and wellbeing and/or performance.

·Proactively collaborate with the Club Doctor and other relevant football staff to identify, implement and case-manage wellbeing and/or performance interventions (with respect to individual privacy and confidentiality).

·Collaborate and integrate psychology services with the broader Football Program, including being present on-site for approximately two days (16 hours) a week to:

o   Understand the performance environment, attend training sessions, player Peak Performance sessions, and team meetings;

o   Report to and work closely with the Club Psychologist;

o   Provide individual psychology services to players;

o   Deliver group ‘Performance Foundations’ sessions to first- and second-year players in tandem with the Player Development & Wellbeing team, covering key mental well being and performance psychology topics;

o   Attend weekly Football Department staff team meetings;

o   Integrate service delivery with Peak Performance, Leadership & Integrity and Coaching frameworks;

o   Collaborate with key Football Department staff to identify and engage in opportunities to impact performance and well being support to athletes

o   Attend selected games with the team, including some travel with the team in order to fully immerse in the team environment.

o   Actively participate in the evaluation of the efficacy of psychological support at the Club.


2.      Coach and Football Department Staff Development

·Work collaboratively with Coaches and key Football Department staff to report on activities and key themes, provide guidance and advice on athlete issues, and increase understanding of players’ mental health and wellbeing to support their coaching and leadership.

·Collaborate with wellbeing team to achieve targets set out in the Development and Wellbeing strategy.



  • At least three years’ full Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) registration as a psychologist.
  • Significant experience in identifying, diagnosing and case-managing mental health presentations.
  • Experience in helping build enriched environments, delivering preventative strategies and treatments within elite sport or similar contexts.
  • Demonstrable experience in applying Code of Ethics (e.g. managing confidentiality) in elite sport or similar contexts.
  • Leadership of multidisciplinary mental health and well-being teams / functions/meetings.
  • Up-to-date indemnity insurance.


  • Holds a specific area of practice endorsement (e.g. Sport & Exercise, Health, Clinical)


  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly in the area of verbal communication.
  • Ability to develop positive, collaborative relationships at all organisational levels.
  • Driven to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the literature and best practice in their field.
  • Able to practice professional discretion and integrity.
  • Understanding of elite sporting environments and culture.
  • Motivated to continuously develop and deepen personal and professional capabilities.
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