In Australia a psychiatrist only prescribes drugs as shock therapy .It is rarely employed effective in application.
As an Australian I appreciate that specialist surgeons are entitled to more of the public purse because they perform delicate operations with many years of training but I think it worthwhile to question the direction of public money towards psychiatrists. Psychiatrists do several more years training after failing as doctors at university.
There is no saying that mental health is not an issue that needs attention but a centrelink recipient should not be paid the same as a public servant.
Likewise a psychiatrist is not on the same level as a Surgeon and should not be paid as such.
Why are they getting paid as specialists when they only perform the role of a GP?