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released: 12 Aug 2010 author: AIHW media release

Mental Health Services in Australia 2007-08 is the twelfth in the series of annual reports providing a detailed picture of the national response to the mental health care needs of Australians. Details from a wide range of data sources for the 2007-08 period, and where available 2008-09, are presented, as are changes over time. Expenditure on state and territory mental health services has been increasing on average by 6% per year (adjusted for inflation) since 2003-04, states and territories spent $3,323 million on these services in 2007-08. There were 4.6 million Medicare claims for subsidised psychiatrist, psychologist and other allied health professional services in 2008-09, an increase of 17.4% from the previous year.

ISSN 1443-6795; ISBN 978-1-74249-047-2; Cat. no. HSE 88; 302pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
      • Service provision
      • Expenditure and resources  
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Report structure
      • 1.2 Definition of mental health-related services
      • 1.3 Background on mental health in Australia  
      • 1.4 National policies for mental health  
      • 1.5 Additional information  
    2. Mental health-related care in general practice
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health survey data
      • 2.3 Mental health-related encounters  
      • 2.4 Additional general practice activity
      • 2.5 Mental health-specific Medicare Benefits Schedule items for general practice
      • 2.6 Proportion of people with a mental illness with a GP care plan  
    3. Mental health-related care in emergency departments
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Mental health-related emergency department occasions of service
      • 3.3 Mental health-related emergency department care  
    4. Community mental health care and hospital outpatient services
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 States and territories
      • 4.3 Type of service contacts
      • 4.4 Duration of service contacts
      • 4.5 Mental health legal status
      • 4.6 Patient demographics
      • 4.7 Principal diagnosis
      • 4.8 Change over time, 2003–04 to 2007–08
      • 4.9 Public sector community mental health services
      • 4.10 Additional data  
    5. Ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related admitted patient care
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 States and territories and hospital type
      • 5.3 Mental health legal status
      • 5.4 Patient demographics
      • 5.5 Principal diagnosis
      • 5.6 Procedures
      • 5.7 Change over time, 2003–04 to 2007–08
      • 5.8 Additional data  
    6. Medicare-subsidised psychiatrist and allied health services
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 People accessing MBS-subsidised psychiatrist and allied mental health services
      • 6.3 MBS-subsidised psychiatrist and allied health services
      • 6.4 Private sector mental health services  
    7. Admitted patient mental health-related care
      • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.2 Change over time, 2003–04 to 2007–08
      • 7.3 Specialised admitted patient mental health care  
      • 7.4 Non-specialised admitted patient mental health care  
      • 7.5 Separations with mental health-related additional diagnoses
      • 7.6 Additional data  
    8. Residential mental health care
      • 8.1 Introduction
      • 8.2 States and territories
      • 8.3 Change over time, 2004–05 to 2007–08
      • 8.4 Mental health legal status
      • 8.5 Patient demographics
      • 8.6 Principal diagnosis
      • 8.7 Length of episodes and residential stays  
      • 8.8 Additional data  
    9. Mental health-related Supported Accommodation Assistance Program services
      • 9.1 Introduction  
      • 9.2 SAAP clients with mental health-related closed support periods
      • 9.3 SAAP mental health-related closed support periods  
    10. Support services for people with psychiatric disability
      • 10.1 Introduction
      • 10.2 CSTDA services overview
      • 10.3 Residential services
      • 10.4 Non-residential services  
    11. Mental health-related prescriptions
      • 11.1 Introduction
      • 11.2 PBS/RPBS-subsidised prescriptions
      • 11.3 PBS/RPBS-subsidised patients
      • 11.4 Non-subsidised prescriptions  
    12. Profile of specialised mental health care facilities
      • 12.1 Introduction
      • 12.2 Mental health care facilities
      • 12.3 Specialised mental health service organisations  
      • 12.4 National Standards for Mental Health Services
      • 12.5 Number of available beds  
      • 12.6 Patient days
      • 12.7 Staffing of state and territory specialised mental health care facilities
      • 12.8 Private psychiatric hospitals  
    13. Mental health workforce
      • 13.1 Introduction
      • 13.2 Psychiatrists  
      • 13.3 Mental health nurses  
    14. Expenditure on mental health services
      • 14.1 Introduction
      • 14.2 Recurrent expenditure on state and territory specialised mental health services  
      • 14.3 Private psychiatric hospital expenditure
      • 14.4 Australian Government expenditure on Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services
      • 14.5 Australian Government expenditure on mental health-related medications
      • 14.6 Total Australian Government expenditure on mental health-related services
      • 14.7 Sources of funding for state and territory specialised mental health services
      • 14.8 Funding and expenditure for all mental health-related services 
    15. State and territory summary tables
      • 15.1 New South Wales
      • 15.2 Victoria
      • 15.3 Queensland
      • 15.4 Western Australia
      • 15.5 South Australia
      • 15.6 Tasmania
      • 15.7 Australian Capital Territory
      • 15.8 Northern Territory
      • 15.9 Australia  
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Data sources  
      • Appendix 2: Technical notes
      • Appendix 3: Classifications used  
      • Appendix 4: Codes used to define mental health-related general practice encounters and mental health-related hospital separations
      • Appendix 5: National Healthcare Agreement performance indicators—mental health-related   
    • Abbreviations
    • References
    • List of tables
    • Index

Notes and corrections

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  1. (21 Feb 2012) A number of changes have been made to the Mental health services in Australia 2007-08 report (AIHW cat no. HSE 88) that was published online in August 2010. Changes have been made to correct some discrepancies found, including incorrect labelling and incorrect data.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2010. Mental health services in Australia 2007-08. Mental health series no. 12. Cat. no. HSE 88. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 1 July 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468381>.

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