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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) develops, maintains and reports on national mental health care data, including 4 mental health National Minimum Datasets, to provide a picture of mental health-related service provision in Australia.

Working collaboratively with Australian and state and territory government departments, the AIHW aims to provide timely and relevant information on mental health services in Australia, their usage and the resources required to run them.

As well as producing Mental health services in Australia and Mental health services–in brief, the AIHW is also provides data analytical support to the National Mental Health Commission and participates in various national mental health committees.

Mental health services in Australia

Mental health services in Australia reports

Mental health services in Australia (online version) provides the most recent information about the activity and characteristics of Australia’s mental health-related services. The report, which covers information on services, resources and key performance indicators, is updated as data becomes available. Supplementary data is made available in the form of data tables, dynamic data displays and data cubes.

Mental health services–in brief is a hard copy companion document to the online report which, produced annually, provides an overview of the mental health services data. The most recent Mental health services–in brief report is:

Copies of the Mental health services–in brief publication from 1998-99 to 2007–08, along with other AIHW mental
health-related publications, can be found on the Mental health services publications page.

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Phone: +61 6244 1000

Post: GPO Box 570, Canberra ACT 2601