Mental health servicesin Australia
Mental health services in Australia provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians.
Mental illness comprises a wide range of disorders and varies in its severity. The effect of mental illness can be severe on the individuals and families concerned and its influence is far-reaching for society as a whole. Social problems commonly associated with mental illness include poverty, unemployment or reduced productivity and homelessness. Those with mental illness often experience problems such as isolation, discrimination and stigma.
Around 7.3 million or 45% of Australians aged 16–85 years will experience a common mental health-related condition such as depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder in their lifetime according to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Estimates from second National Survey of Psychosis conducted in March 2010 suggest almost 64,000 people have a psychotic illness and are in contact with public specialised mental health services each year.
AIHW estimates that over $6 billion per annum is spent on mental health-related services in Australia. Services include residential and community services, hospital based services (both in-patient and outpatient), consultation with specialists and General practitioners.
Background (updated Oct 2012)
National policies (updated Oct 2012)
Acknowledgments (updated Oct 2011)
Latest release (updated Mar 2013)
Print publications (updated Oct 2012)
General practice (updated Aug 2012)
Emergency departments (updated Aug 2012)
Community care (updated Dec 2012)
Ambulatory-equivalent admitted patient care (updated Oct 2012)
Medicare (updated Aug 2012)
Admitted patient care (updated Oct 2012)
Residential care (updated Dec 2012)
Supported accommodation assistance (updated Jun 2012)
Psychiatric disability support (updated Jun 2012)
Personal Helpers and Mentors service (updated Oct 2012)
Prescriptions (updated Oct 2012)
Facilities (updated Mar 2013)
Workforce (updated Mar 2012)
Expenditure (updated Mar 2013)
Summary data tables (updated Mar 2013)
Mental health-related indicators (updated Dec 2012)
Archived data tables (updated Oct 2012)
Technical notes (updated Mar 2013)
Classifications (updated Aug 2012)
Classification codes (updated Aug 2012)
Each topic contains an analysis of the most recent available data. The data are available as downloadable Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets or interactive Flash graphical portals.
Data spreadsheets from previous years are available in the archived data page in Additional information.
A summary of the mental health services data for each year is collected into a publication: Mental health services—in brief. It is downloadable as a PDF or RTF, or you can order a printed copy.
Data across topics is progressively published each year as they become available. A table showing updates by date and coverage can be found on the latest release page.