Mental health servicesin Australia
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People with mental illness may require admission to hospital. In hospital, patients can receive specialised psychiatric care in a psychiatric hospital or in a psychiatric unit within a hospital. Patients with mental illness may also be admitted to other areas where health care workers may not be specifically trained to care for the mentally ill. Under these circumstances, the admissions to hospitals are classified as without specialised psychiatric care.
This section presents information on these admitted patient mental health-related separations in Australia. Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD); a collation of data on admitted patient care in Australian hospitals defined by the Admitted Patient Care National Minimum Data Set (APCNMDS). The information describes separations. It is possible for individuals to have multiple separations in any given reference period. For further information see the data source section.
NMD data for the Australian Capital Territory were not available for the 2014–15 reporting period. See the footnotes in each of the tables for details about the calculation of national rates.
Data in most of this section were last updated in October 2016. Seclusion data were last updated in February 2017.
A total of 10.2 million separations from public acute, public psychiatric and private hospitals were reported in 2014–15 (AIHW 2016). There were 254,808 mental health-related separations in 2014–15, accounting for 1 in 40 (2.5%) of all hospital separations. Of these, 157,104 (61.7%) involved specialised psychiatric care and 97,704 (38.3%) did not involve specialised psychiatric care. The majority of mental health-related separations occurred in public acute hospitals (74.0%), followed by private hospitals (22.2%) and public psychiatric hospitals (3.8%) (Table AD.1).
AIHW 2016. Admitted patient care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 68. Cat. no. HSE 172. Canberra: AIHW.
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