Mental health servicesin Australia
Tables (1.04MB XLS)
This section presents the number and type of Medicare-subsidised mental health‑related services provided by psychiatrists, general practitioners (GPs), psychologists and other allied health professionals—including mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and Aboriginal health workers. These services are defined in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and are provided in a range of settings, for example in hospital, consulting rooms, home visits, and over the phone. Information on the characteristics of people who received these services is also presented. For further information on the MBS data, refer to the data source section. Additional information on Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services provided by GPs is available in the Mental health services provided by general practitioners section.
Females were more likely than males to access Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services from psychiatrists (54%) were females, general practitioners (62%), clinical psychologists (62%), other psychologists (61%), and other allied health providers (62%).
There were 9,785,527 Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services reported in 2014–15 for an estimated 2,069,004 patients, an average of 5 services per patient.
Victoria had the highest number of patients and services per 1,000 population (98 and 493 respectively), compared to the national average of 88 patients and 414 services per 1,000 population. The Northern Territory had the lowest rate for both patients and services per 1,000 (36 and 116 per 1,000 respectively) (Figure MBS.1).
Source: Medicare Benefits Schedule data (Department of Health).
Source data Medicare-subsidised mental health related services Table MBS.1 & MBS.7 (1.04MB XLS).
The total number of Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services increased from 7.7 million services in 2010–11 to 9.8 million services in 2014–15, translating to an average annual increase of 6.0% over the 5-year period to. From 2010–11 to 2014–15, clinical psychologist services had the highest average annual increase (10%), followed by GP services (8.2%) and services by other allied mental health services (7.8%). The number of subsidised psychiatrist and other psychology services increased at a lower rate over the same period (average annual increase of 3.5% and 3.1% respectively).
Source data Medicare-subsidised mental health related services Table MBS.9 (1.04MB XLS).
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