Summary of Mental health services in Australia

Mental health services in Australia describes the activity and characteristics of Australia’s health care and social care services accessed by people with a mental illness.

This web report provides the most recent data available on the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians. Data are progressively published as it becomes available throughout the year. As well as the information presented on the web pages, readers can find detailed data for current and previous years in the Microsoft ® Excel workbooks downloadable from each section.

Please note the information in this report is constrained by the availability of comparable national data, which may result in some data overlaps and gaps in service information.

Updated data — sections revised 24  November 2020

Bar chart showing the rate of overnight cae between 2012 to 2018-19 for both public and private hospitals

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Image saying there were 59,888 same day hospitaliations in 2018-19. 

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Bar chart showing the rate of mental health-related hospital presentations by jursidiction for 2018-19.

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Line chart  showing the number of residential mental health care episodes between 2008-09 to 2018--19.

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Image saying 453,000 people received community mental health care in 2018-19.

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Figures showing the numer of mental health consumers with a positive experience of service for states and territories 2018-19.

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Figures shows the number of restrictive practice events in 2018-19. Events include selcusion, mechanical and physical

> partial update Restrictive data

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Bar chart showing the rate of service use for disability support services in 2018-19.

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Image showing there were 86,499 clients with a mental health issues that accessed specialised homelessness services in 2018-19.

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Image showing in 2018 there were 3,441 psychiatrists, 23,083 mental health nurses and 27,027 psychologists.

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Image showing 10.6% of Australian people received MBS mental health-related specific services in 2018-19.

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Image showing 4.3 million people received mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-19.

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Line graph showingthe mental health-related expenditure from 1992-92 ($31 billion) to 2017-18 (9.9 billion).

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Image saying key performance indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services

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Image saying 1.9% of the Australian population received clinical mental health care 2017-18.

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Bar chart showing the percent of consumer outcomes from care in 2017-18 for completed inpatient, completed ambulatory and ongoing ambulatory.

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Image showing there were 1,655 specialised mental health facilities providing care in 2017-18

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Bar chart showing the rate of estimated GP mental health-related encounters from 2006-07 to 2015-16.

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Mental health services in Australia website  —  Report contents

National mental health committees

Your Experience of Service Survey

Technical notes and archived reports

> Classifications and Technical notes
Archived reports and data