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released: 6 Aug 2008 author: AIHW media release

Mental health services in Australia 2005-06 is the ninth 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 2005-06 period are presented, together with changes over time.Information on mental health care provided by a range of services is detailed. Included are ambulatory services (such as community-based services, emergency departments, private psychiatrists, allied health professionals and general practitioners), hospital and residential services and other services (such as supported accommodation services). 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; ISBN 978 1 74024 797 9; Cat. no. HSE 56; 254pp.; $34.00

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  1. Corrections follow:
    • On page xi in the second paragraph under the heading 'Ambulatory mental health care', 'The estimated proportion of mental health related GP encounters showed an average annual increase of 3% between 2002-03 and 2006-07' should read 'The estimated number of mental health related GP encounters showed an average annual increase of 3% between 2002-03 and 2006-07'.
    • On page 35 in the second paragraph under the heading '4.6 Patient demographics', 'The highest number of contacts per 1,000 population were for patients aged 25-34 years (412.1) followed by those aged 65 years and over (375.5)' should read 'The highest number of contacts per 1,000 population were for patients aged 25-34 years (412.1) followed by those aged 35-44 years (341.1)'.
    • On page 36 in table 4.3, figures under Age (years) have been revised.
    • On page 145 in the first paragraph under the heading 'Characteristics of the mental health nursing workforce', 'Of these, 25.5% reported that they had completed a post-registration or post-enrolment course in mental health lasting more than 6 months' should read 'Of these, 22.8% reported that they had completed a post-registration or post-enrolment course in mental health lasting more than 6 months'.
    • Superseded version of the full publication (991KB PDF)
  2. (05 Aug 2009) Corrections 
    • On page 77 in the last paragraph,
      'The most frequently reported procedures were General anaesthesia, American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) 99. These were most likely associated with the administration of electroconvulsive therapies (93340‑02),...' changed to

      'The most frequently reported procedure was General anaesthesia, American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) 99. This procedure was most likely associated with the administration of electroconvulsive therapy (93340‑02), ...'
    • On page 86 in the last paragraph,
      'The most frequently reported procedures were General anaesthesia, American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) 99 (12,067 procedures for 12,043 separations). Allied health interventions also featured prominently in the 10 most frequently reported procedures' changed to

      'The most frequently reported procedure was Allied health intervention, social work (12,067 procedures for 12,043 separations). Allied health interventions from other health disciplines also featured prominently in the 10 most frequently reported procedures.'
    • On page 87, Table 7.10 has been revised.
    • Table A5.18 in the internet only tables has been revised.
    • Superseded version of the full publication Mental health services in Australia 2005-06 (1.3MB PDF)
    • Superseded version of the Internet only tables (333KB XLS)

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AIHW 2008. Mental health services in Australia 2005-06. Mental health series no. 10. Cat. no. HSE 56. Canberra: AIHW.

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