Summary of Mental health services in Australia

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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 20 July 2021

Bar chart showing Consumer outcomes from completed ambulatory care 2018-19 for 11-17 years, 18-64 years and 65 years and over.

> new Consumer outcomes data

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Image stating there were 88,338 clients with mental health issues used Specialist homelessness services in 2019-20.

> more Homelessness data

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Image stating in 2019 there were 3,615 psychiatrists, 24,111 mental health nurses and 28,412 psychologists in the mental health workforce.

> more Workforce data

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Image stating there were 11.2% of the Australian population received Medicare-subsidised mental health-specific services in 2019-20

> more Medicare data

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Image showing there were 4.4 million people who received mental health-related prescriptions in 2019-20. PBS/RPBS subsidised and under co-payment prescriptions

> more Prescriptions data

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This figure shows the number of seclusion 13,495, physical restraint 18,351 & mechanical  restraint 1,213 in public mental health hospitals

> more Emergency data

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Image saying there was 10.6 billion spent on mental health-related expenditure in 2018-19.

> more Expenditure data

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Image saying there were 1,694 specialised mental health facilities that provided care in 2018-19.

> more Facilities data

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Bar chart showing the number of restrictive practice events in 2019-20 for seclusion, physical restraint and mechanical restraint.

> more Restrictive data

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Image stating Key performance indicators for Australian public mental health services

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Image saying there was 1.9% of the Australian population that received clinical mental health care in 2018-19.

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Bar chart showing the percentage of Consumer outcomes of care 2018-19 for completed inpatient, completed ambulatory and ongoing ambulatory care.

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Bar chart showing the rate per 10,000 population of hospital overnight care from 2012-13 to 2018-19.

> more Overnight data

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Image stating that 59,888 same day hospitalisations in public hospitals in  2018-19

> more Same day data

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Vertical bar chart showing the rate per 100,000 population in each state and territory for 2018-19

> more Disability data

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Image stating that 453,000 people received state and territory community mental health care in 2018-19.

> more Community data

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Line graph showing the rates of residential care episodes from 2009-10 to 2018-19.

> more Residential data

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Image showing percentage of consumer with a positive experience of service for 2018-19 for NSW, QLD and VIC for admitted and ambulatory care.

> more Consumer perspective data

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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