Psychologists are health professionals who provide psychological therapies. Clinical psychologists specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. Psychologists and clinical psychologists are not doctors and cannot prescribe medication in Australia.
It is not necessary to have a referral from a GP or psychiatrist to see a psychologist. However, a Mental Health Treatment Plan from a GP can be used to claim financial discounts (rebates) through Medicare. If you have private health insurance and extras cover, you may be able to claim part of a psychologist's fee. Contact your health fund to check.