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 (almost 14%) experienced mental health disorders in 2012–13.
AIHW estimates that over $7.6 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 Sept 2015)
Prevalence, impact and burden (updated Sept 2015)
National policies (updated Sept 2015)
Classifications (updated Sept 2015)
Classification codes (updated Sept 2015)
Technical notes (updated Sept 2015)
General practice (updated Sept 2015)
Emergency departments (updated Sept 2015)
Community care (updated Sept 2015)
Ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related admitted patient care - public hospitals (updated Dec 2014)
Medicare (updated Sept 2015)
Admitted patient care (updated Dec 2014)
Residential care (updated Sept 2015)
Private hospital-based ambulatory psychiatric services (March 2015)
Psychiatric disability support (updated July 2015)
Specialist homelessness services (updated July 2015)
Personal Helpers and Mentors service (updated Sept 2015)
Access to Allied Psychological Services (Dec 2014)
Prescriptions (updated July 2015)
Facilities (updated March 2015)
Workforce (updated July 2015)
Expenditure (updated Sept 2015)
Key Performance Indicators for Australian public mental health services (updated March 2015)
National healthcare agreement indicators (updated Dec 2014)
Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (updated March 2015)
National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee (updated Aug 2014)
National Minimum Data Set Subcommittee (updated Aug 2014)
National mental health committee publications (September 2015)
State and territory summary data tables (updated Sept 2015)
Current data downloads (Updated Sept 2015)
Archived data tables (updated Sept 2015)
Print publications (updated Dec 2014)
Useful links (updated July 2014)
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.