Mental health servicesin Australia
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This section presents information on specialist disability support services, provided under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) to service users with psychiatric disability either as their primary disability or as an other significant disability. Unless otherwise stated, service users with psychiatric disability include all service users with psychiatric disability, regardless of whether it is considered a primary or other significant disability.
The information presented in this section has been extracted from the 2014–15 Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (Disability Services NMDS); comprising national administrative data on disability support services. The data source section provides further information on coverage, data quality, and other aspects of the Disability Services NMDS.
When accessing disability support services people with psychiatric disability may receive residential support services, non-residential services, or both, depending on availability and their individual needs.
Residential service types include large residential facilities/institutions, small residential facilities/institutions, hostels and group homes. Non-residential support services include accommodation support, community support, community access, respite services, employment services, advocacy, information and alternative forms of communication and other support.
Providers of non-residential services are either state or territory administered services or Australian Government funded services.
Across Australia, about 333,800 people made use of specialist disability support services during 2014–15 (AIHW 2016). More than 96,200 people with psychiatric disability, including 63,510 people with a primary psychiatric disability, used disability support services in 2014–15. Of clients using residential services, almost 1 in 7 (543 or 14.7%) had a psychiatric primary disability, behind only intellectual (71.1%) (Table DIS.9). The rate of psychiatric disability service users was highest in Victoria (542.3 per 100,000 population), and lowest in the Northern Territory (146.2), compared to the national rate of 407.4 (Figure DIS.1).
Source: AIHW analysis of data from the Disability Services NMDS. Source data Psychiatric disability support services Table DIS.1 (549KB XLS).
The Northern Territory had the lowest residential service user rate per 100,000 population (6.1) and South Australia had the highest (32.2), compared to the national rate of 15.6. The Northern Territory had the lowest rate per 100,000 population of non-residential service users (144.1), while Victoria had the highest rate (540.2) compared to the national rate of 405.2 (Table DIS.1).
Over the 5 years to 2014–15, the rate of non-residential service users has on average increased by 0.7% annually, from 393.3 per 100,000 population in 2010-11 to 405.2 in 2014–15 (Figure DIS.2). Over the same time period, the residential service user rate has on average decreased by 3.0% annually from 17.7 per 100,000 population in 2010–11 to 15.6 in 2014–15 (Figure DIS.3).
Note: The methodology to obtain service user counts has varied over time, so comparisons between reporting years should be approached with caution. See data source section for more information.
Source: AIHW analysis of data from the Disability Services NMDS. Source data Psychiatric disability support services Table DIS.3 (549KB XLS).
AIHW 2016. Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2014–15. Bulletin 134. Cat. no. AUS 200. Canberra: AIHW.
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