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released: 27 Apr 2007 author: AIHW media release

'Mental health services in Australia 2004-05' is the eighth in the series of AIHW's comprehensive annual reports on the characteristics and activity of Australia's mental health services. Details from a wide range of data sources for the 2004-05 period are presented, as are changes over time. Information on mental health care provided by a range of services--including ambulatory services (such as community-based services, emergency departments, private psychiatrists and general practitioners), hospital and residential services, and other services (such as supported accommodation services)--is detailed. In addition, information is provided on mental health-related prescriptions, and mental health resources such as facilities, workforce and expenditure. Where possible, comprehensive data are provided for each state and territory, and comparisons are made between population groups (including Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and overseas-born and Australian-born people). This report is a useful resource for health planners, policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and others with an interest in mental health in Australia.

ISSN 1443-6795; Cat. no. HSE 47; 250pp.; $30.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (203K PDF)
    • Half title page and verso pages
    • Title page and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
    • Overview of chapters
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (192K PDF)
      • Report structure
      • Definition of mental health-related services
      • Background
      • National policies for mental health
      • Additional information
    2. Mental health-related care in general practice (217K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • BEACH survey data
      • Mental health-related encounters
      • Additional general practice activity
    3. Mental health-related care in emergency departments (214K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Mental health-related emergency department occasions of service
      • Mental health-related emergency department care
    4. Community mental health and hospital outpatient services (206K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Service contacts
      • Patient demographics
      • Principal diagnosis
      • Additional data
    5. Ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related admitted patient care (228K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related separations
      • Patient demographics
      • Principal diagnosis
      • Ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related separations, 2000-01 to 2004-05
      • Procedures
      • Additional data
    6. Medicare-subsidised psychiatrist services (214K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • People accessing Medicare-subsidised psychiatrist services
      • Medicare-subsidised psychiatrist services
    7. Admitted patient mental health-related care (263K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Specialised admitted patient mental health care
      • Non-specialised admitted patient mental health care
      • Separations with mental health-related additional diagnoses
      • Additional data
    8. Residential mental health care (215K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Episodes of residential care
      • Patient demographics
      • Principal diagnosis
      • Length of episodes and residential stays
      • Additional data
    9. Mental health-related supported accommodation services (236K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • SAAP clients with mental health-related closed support periods
      • SAAP mental health-related closed support periods
    10. Support services for people with psychiatric disability (226K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • CSTDA services
      • Residential services
      • Non-residential services
    11. Mental health-related prescriptions (215K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Prescriptions
      • Changes in mental health-related prescriptions
    12. Mental health facilities (228K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Mental health facilities
      • Mental health service organisations
    13. Mental health workforce (241K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Psychiatrists
      • Psychologists
      • Mental health nurses
    14. Expenditure and funding for mental health services (300K PDF) 1
      • Introduction
      • Health system expenditure on mental disorders
      • Expenditure on mental health facilities
      • Expenditure on Medicare-subsidised psychiatrist services
      • Expenditure on mental health-related medications
      • Sources of funding for specialised mental health services
    15. Summary tables (258K PDF) 1
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
      • Australia
  • End matter (302K PDF)
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Data sources and technical notes
      • Appendix 2: Technical notes
      • Appendix 3: Classifications used
      • Appendix 4: Codes used to define mental health-related general practice encounters and mental health-related hospital separations
    • Abbreviations
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Index

Notes and corrections

  1. (9 May 2007) An amendment has been made to Chapter 14 Table 14.3 (page 134, and relevant text on pages 133 and 135) and Chapter 15 Table 15.35 (page 165) and Table 15.45 (page 171) to correct the amount of expenditure reported for government-operated and residential mental health services for 2004 - 05. 

Recommended citation

AIHW 2007. Mental health services in Australia 2004-05. Mental health series no. 9. Cat. no. HSE 47. Canberra: AIHW.

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