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Of all admitted patient separations with specialised psychiatric care in 2010–11, over 1 in 4 (29.0%) were for patients who had an involuntary admission. Involuntary admissions represented about 2 in 5 separations with specialised psychiatric care in public acute hospitals, with the majority (87.1%) of involuntary separations occurring in this hospital type (33,638 of 38,617). Involuntary admitted patient separations comprised half (50.0%) of public psychiatric hospitals separations, while less than 1 in 100 (0.6%) of private hospital separations with specialised psychiatric care were involuntary admissions (Figure AD.5).

Figure AD.5: Admitted patient separations with specialised psychiatric care,
by mental health legal status and hospital type, 2010–11

Bar chart showing the per cent of specialised psychiatric care by mental health legal status and hospital type. Refer to Table AD.5

Note: Separations with a care type of Newborn (without qualified days), and records for Hospital boarders and Posthumous organ procurement have been excluded.

Source: National Hospital Morbidity Database.Source data for this figure are accessible from Table AD.5 (330KB XLS) in the Admitted patient mental health-related care table downloads.


About 2 in 5 (41.7%) of all mental-health related separations with specialised psychiatric care did not have an intervention or procedure recorded. However, it is likely that the interventions (procedures) provided to patients during these mental health-related separations were not able to be coded using the existing procedure classification system. For example, the administration of mental health-related medications is not explicitly included in the current classification system.

A frequently reported intervention (procedure) for all admitted patient mental health-related separations was an allied health intervention, including services provided by social workers and occupational therapists. A frequently reported procedure for separations with specialised care was non-emergency general anaesthesia. This was most likely associated with the administration of electroconvulsive therapy, a form of treatment for depression.

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