Interactive data

The mental health-related prescriptions interactive figures provide data on people by prescription type, number of scripts, states and territories and demographic information. These figures allow users to explore the data in more detail.

Interactive PBS: Seven interactive figures showing data related to mental health-specific prescription medications subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to 2019–20. Figure 1 is a vertical bar chart showing the number of patients who were dispensed a prescription in each jurisdiction by the type of medication, prescribing practitioner and whether the prescription was subsidised or under co-payment in 2019–20. The most frequent medication dispensed was Antidepressants, with 399,968 people dispensed a subsidised antidepressant prescription from a general practitioner. Figure 2 is a line chart displaying the same data as Figure 1 as a time series from 2005–06 to 2019–20. The number of patients prescribed antidepressants by general practitioners peaked in 2013–14 at 347,691. Figure 3 is a horizontal bar chart showing the per cent of the population who received a medication by type of prescription and demographic variables of age, sex and remoteness area of usual residence in 2019–20. 39.7% of people aged 85 years and over had a subsidised prescription dispensed, compared to 9.7% of the total population. Figure 4 is a vertical bar chart showing the number of prescriptions dispensed in each jurisdiction by type of medication, prescribing practitioner and whether the prescription was subsidised or under co-payment in 2019–20. Antidepressants were the most frequent medication prescribed by general practitioners in all jurisdictions, with 14,166,787 in Australia. Figure 5 is a line chart showing the number of prescriptions dispensed by type of medication, prescribing practitioner and whether the prescription was subsidised or under co-payment from 2006–07 to 2019–20. Anxiolytic prescriptions dispensed declined from 3,028,804 in 2006–07 to 2,175,484 in 2019–20. Figure 6 is a horizontal bar chart showing the rate (per 1,000 population) of patients dispensed with medication by whether the prescription was subsidised or under co-payment and demographic variables of age, sex and remoteness area of usual residence in 2019–20. People in Inner regional areas had the highest rate at 1,323.1 compared to a total rate of 985.3. Figure 7 is a line graph showing the per cent of patients who were dispensed prescriptions and the number of prescriptions dispensed by type of medication and prescription from 2013–14 to 2019–20, in the four quarters of the year.

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