Mental health servicesin Australia
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General practitioners (GPs) are often the first port of call for people seeking help when suffering a mental illness. GPs provide a variety of services, including referral of the patient on to specialised services.
This section presents information on mental health-related services provided by GPs, from two data sources:
These two data sources provide complementary insights into mental health-related GP care. Not all mental health-related GP encounters are billed using Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) mental health specific item numbers, or subsidised through MBS, the estimated number of GP encounters from the BEACH survey are greater than the Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services provided. For more details see the data source section.
An estimated 13% of all GP encounters reported in the BEACH survey were mental health-related encounters in 2013–14. This translates to over 17 million mental health-related GP encounters (an estimated 735 encounters per 1,000 population).
Approximately 2.7 million Medicare-subsidised mental health-related GP services were provided in 2013–14 (an estimated 114 per 1,000 population).
Britt H, Miller GC, Henderson J, Bayram C, Harrison C, Valenti L, Wong C, Gordon J, Pollack AJ, Pan Y, Charles J. 2014. General practice activity in Australia 2013–14. General practice series no.36. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
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