How are clinical psychologists different to psychiatrists?
Clinical psychologists tend to focus most of their work and training in therapy and counselling; they do not prescribe medication and are not medically trained. Psychiatrists have a medical degree and tend to focus on medical interventions (typically medication approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association) to help people who are struggling with mental illness. At times they combine therapy with medication. At other times they refer to psychologists and other mental health professional to handle the therapy while the psychiatrist manages medication decisions.