A psychologist in the Australian Army for 22 years, John McGrogan enjoyed his time in the Australian Defence Force and the many opportunities it provided him. Serving around Australia, and on a number of operational deployments overseas, John’s work involved providing counselling for members, conducting psychological assessments and providing advice on the management of mental health issues.
With changing priorities and the desire to settle down in one place, John transitioned to civilian life in early 2018. John planned early by attending a Transition Seminar 18 months before he left to find out about the transition programs he could access and the community support available to him and his family. He also completed further studies before leaving Defence to give him a greater range of employment options post transition.
“I strongly encourage any soldier to improve their education before they get out to improve their job prospects,” said John.
John and his wife live in an area that provides plenty of options for employment and his first job post Defence was a case manager for Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) in Perth. He has since changed jobs but is still working for the organisation that manages the regions hYEPP, Black Swan Health, and is now working in the organisation’s Perth clinic as a counsellor. John also works as a psychologist in another great team at Joondalup Psychology Centre.
John maintains his connection with the Defence community through his involvement with the local RSL and the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association.
“I thoroughly enjoy attending events and meetings. It is a good way of keeping an association with Defence, and in a way that is relaxed and friendly.”