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 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 the 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. The second national household survey of the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents (Young Minds Matter) released in August 2015 estimates that 560,000 child and adolescents aged 4–17 (about 14%) experienced mental health disorders in 2012–13.
AIHW estimates that about $8 billion per annum is spent on mental health-related services in Australia. Services include residential and community services, hospital based services (both inpatient and outpatient), consultation with specialists and general practitioners.
Overview of mental health (updated Oct 2016)
Prevalence, impact and burden (updated Oct 2016)
National policies (updated Oct 2016)
Classifications (updated April 2016)
Classification codes (updated April 2016)
Technical notes (updated Oct 2016)
General practice (updated Oct 2016)
Emergency departments (updated Oct 2016)
Community care (updated Oct 2016)
Ambulatory-equivalent-public hospitals (updated Oct 2016)
Medicare (updated April 2016)
Admitted patient care (updated Oct 2016)
Residential care (updated Oct 2016)
Ambulatory-equivalent-private hospitals (updated Oct 2016)
Psychiatric disability support (updated July 2016)
Specialist homelessness services (updated July 2016)
Personal Helpers and Mentors service (updated July 2016)
Access to Allied Psychological Services (updated Dec 2016)
Prescriptions (updated July 2016)
Facilities (updated Feb 2016)
Workforce (updated April 2016)
Expenditure (updated Feb 2016)
Key Performance Indicators for Australian public mental health services (updated April 2016)
National healthcare agreement indicators (updated April 2016)
Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (updated April 2016)
National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee (updated April 2016)
National Minimum Data Set Subcommittee (updated April 2016)
National mental health committee publications(Updated April 2016)
Current data downloads (Updated Dec 2016)
Archived data tables (updated Dec 2016)
Print publications (updated Oct 2016)
Useful links (updated April 2016)
Each topic contains an analysis of the most recent available data. The data are available as downloadable Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets or Flash graphical portals.
Data spreadsheets from previous years are available in the archived data page.
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 you can order a printed copy.
Data across topics are progressively published each year as they become available. A table showing updates by date and coverage can be found on the latest release page.