Understanding the prevalence and impacts of mental illness and poor mental health is necessary for promoting positive mental health outcomes among individuals and communities throughout Australia. Data and information on the prevalence and impacts of mental illness in Australia are available.
Over 2 in 5 (44% or 8.6 million) Australians aged 16–85 are estimated to have experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life.
Prevalence and impact of mental illness >
People living with mental illness are more likely to develop comorbid physical illness and have a lower life expectancy than the general population.
Physical health of people with mental illness >
People with mental illness can access a variety of support services, which are delivered by governments, and by the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Funding and resources
A well-resourced mental health care system is integral to positive mental health outcomes in Australian communities. Data are available to understand how mental health care services in Australia are funded and resourced.
Safety and quality
Safety and quality are important in all areas of the health system. A safe and high-quality health system provides the most appropriate and best-value care, while keeping patients safe from preventable harm. Data are available that can be used to measure aspects of safety and quality in the Australian mental health care system.