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released: 30 Apr 2004 author: AIHW media release

Mental Health Services in Australia 2001-02 describes the characteristics and activity of Australia's mental health services including ambulatory and residential mental health-related care provided by hospitals, community-based services, general practitioners, private psychiatrists and some disability support services. Information on the broad trends in mental health care is presented in an easy-to-use summary. Detailed statistics show the hospital care of patients admitted with a mental health-related diagnosis, the services, beds, staffing and expenditure in psychiatric hospitals and community-based services, and mental health-related medications prescribed by general practitioners and private psychiatrists. A special theme chapter has been included for the first time, presenting an overview of the available data on the mental health care of people with depression.

ISSN 1443-6795; ISBN 978 1 74024 378 0; Cat. no. HSE 31; 308pp.; $30.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (224 K PDF)1
    • Title page and verso
    • List of tables 5
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (288K PDF)4
      • Report structure
      • Background
    2. Overview
      • Changes in mental health care over time
      • Patient demographics
      • Mental health problems and disorders
      • Medication
      • Labour force
    3. Ambulatory mental health care (389K PDF; 225K XLS)1, 4, 5
      • Overview
      • Mental health care in general practice
      • Private psychiatrist services
      • Hospital outpatient services and community mental health care services
      • Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement-funded mental health-related non-residential care provided by disability support services
      • Ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related separations
    4. Residential and admitted patient mental health care (273K PDF; 179 XLS)
      • Definition of mental health-related separations
      • National overview
      • Admitted patient mental health care
      • Residential care provided by public residential mental health care establishments
      • Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement-funded mental health-related residential care provided by disability support services
    5. Specialised admitted patient mental health care (405K PDF; 381 XLS)
      • Overview
      • Patient demographics
      • Principal diagnoses
      • Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups
      • Procedures
      • Mode of admission
      • Mode of separation
      • Care type
    6. Non-specialised admitted patient mental health care (330K PDF; 303 XLS)
      • Overview
      • Patient demographics
      • Principal diagnoses
      • Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups
      • Procedures
      • Mode of admission
      • Mode of separation
      • Care type
    7. Specialised mental health care resources (267K PDF; 229 XLS)
      • Specialised mental health care labour forces
      • Expenditure on mental health-related medications
      • Public community mental health establishments
      • Psychiatric and acute care hospitals
    8. Mental health care for depression (223K PDF)
      • Prevalence
      • Mental health care
      • Health service expenditure for depression
  • End matter
    • Appendixes 5
      • Appendix 1: Data sources(220K PDF) 3
      • Appendix 2: Codes used to define mental health-related care and medications
      • Appendix 3: Separations that could be considered equivalent to ambulatory mental health care
      • Appendix 4: State and territory ambulatory mental health are and admitted patient data (322K PDF)
      • Appendix 5: National Survey of Mental Health Services (210K PDF)
      • Appendix 6: see Internet only XLS tables
    • Glossary
    • References

Notes on updates and corrections

  1. 040519 Update: List of table, figures and percentages.
  2. 040525 Update: Additional tables added.
  3. 040604 Update: Update to figures
  4. 040719 Update: Update to tables: 1.4 and 3.15
  5. 050311 Update:

Recommended citation

AIHW 2004. Mental health services in Australia 2001-02. Mental health series no. 5. Cat. no. HSE 31. Canberra: AIHW.

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