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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.



    Key points

    • About 96,200 people with a psychiatric disability made use of disability support services in 2014–15, at a rate of 407.4 per 100,000 population (or 1 in 245 Australians).
    • Psychiatric disability was the second most frequently reported primary disability among people receiving residential disability support services.
    • The rate of non-residential service users with psychiatric disability was 405.2 service users per 100,000 population in 2014–15; this was relatively stable between 2010–11 and 2014–15 (with an average annual increase of 0.7%). In contrast, the rate of residential service users (15.6 per 100,000 in 2014–15) decreased by an annual average of 3.0%.
    • Employment services were the most frequently provided service group for non-residential service users with psychiatric disability.
    • Group homes were the most frequently used service type by people with a psychiatric disability receiving residential services in 2014–15.
    • Indigenous Australians with psychiatric disability used both residential and non-residential disability support services at more than twice the rate of non-Indigenous Australians.
    Data in this section were last updated in July 2016.

    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.


    Service provision

    States and territories

    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).


    Figure DIS.1: Service users with psychiatric disability, states and territories, 2014–15

    Vertical bar chart showing the rate of service users with psychiatric disability for all jurisdictions in 2014–15. NSW service users per 100,000 population (383.6), Vic (542.3), Qld (412.6), WA (207.3), SA (469.5), Tas (378.7), ACT (275.0), NT (146.2). Nationally, the rate of service users with psychiatric disability was 407.4. Refer to Table 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 time

    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).


    Figure DIS.2: Non-residential service users with psychiatric disability, 2010–11 to 2014–15

    Line chart showing the rate of non-residential service users with psychiatric disability between 2010–11 and 2014–15. 2010–11 393.3; 2011–12 386.7; 2012–13 365.9; 2013–14 380.0; and 2014–15 405.2. Refer to Table 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).


    Figure DIS.3: Residential service users with psychiatric disability, 2009–10 to 2014–15

    Line chart showing the rate of residential service users with psychiatric disability between 2010–11 and 2014–15. 2010–11 17.7 per 100,000 population; 2011–12 16.6; 2012–13 16.2; 2013–14 16.3; and 2014–15 15.6. Refer to Table DIS.3.

    Source: AIHW analysis of data from the Disability Services NMDS. Source data Psychiatric disability support services Table DIS.3 (549KB XLS).


    Reference

    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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