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: Six interactive figures showing data related to mental health-specific prescription medications subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to 2018֪19. 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 2018–19. The most frequent medication dispensed was Antidepressants, with 1,631,987 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 2018–19. The number of patients prescribed antidepressants by general practitioners peaked in 2013–14 at 1,685,818. 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 2018–19. 40.8% of people aged 85 years and over had a subsidised prescription dispensed, compared to 9.6% 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 2018–19. Antidepressants were the most frequent medication prescribed by general practitioners in all jurisdictions, with 14,031,763 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 2005–06 to 2018–19. Anxiolytic prescriptions dispensed declined from 3,038,768 in 2005–06 to 2,363,384 in 2018–19. 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 2018–19. People in Inner regional areas had the highest rate at 1,332.0 compared to a total rate of 971.5.

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