Mental health services in Australia provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians.
4 million people were estimated to have experienced a common mental disorder in 2015
$8.5 billion was spent on mental health in 2014–15
Mental illness comprises a wide range of disorders and varies in its severity. The effect of mental illness can be severe on the individuals and families concerned and its influence is far-reaching for society as a whole. Social problems commonly associated with mental illness include poverty, unemployment or reduced productivity and homelessness. Those with mental illness often experience problems such as isolation, discrimination and stigma.
A program of population surveys, the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHWB), began in Australia in the late 1990s. These surveys provide evidence on the prevalence of mental illness in the Australian population, the amount of disability associated with mental disorders and the use of health services by people with mental disorders.
These studies have 3 main components—a population-based survey of adults, a service-based survey of people with psychotic disorders, and a population-based survey of children.
AIHW estimates that around $8.5 billion per annum is spent on mental health-related services in Australia. Services include residential and community services, hospital based services (both inpatient and outpatient), consultation with specialists and general practitioners.
Data presented throughout this report is sourced from a range of different data collections grouped by broad subject areas, and then presented in sections, available at the links below. Data are progressively published as data becomes available throughout the year.
Specialised mental health care
Mental health support services
Mental health resources
Mental health indicators
National mental health committees
Your Experience of Services survey
Technical notes and archived reports
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