4364.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/10/2012 First Issue
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Mental and behavioural conditions in the Australian Health Survey comprise a range of organic and psychological conditions such as dementia, depression, substance use and anxiety disorders.
In 2011-12 there were 3.0 million Australians (13.6%) who reported having a mental and behavioural condition, an increase from 11.2% in 2007-08 and 9.6% in 2001. Mood (affective) problems, which include depression, were most prevalent (2.1 million people or 9.7% of the population) followed by anxiety related problems (850,100 people or 3.8%).
Mental and behavioural conditions continued to be more common amongst women than men (15.1% compared with 12.0% respectively).
Information on psychological distress was also collected from adult respondents in the Australian Health Survey using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10). See Psychological distress.
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results