4329.0.00.001 - Cultural and Linguistic Characteristics of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications, 2011  
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MBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED SERVICES

There were 1.5 million people (7.2% of all Australians) who used at least one MBS subsidised mental health-related service in 2011. Rates of use differed amongst people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

In 2011, 8.0% of people born in Australia who spoke English at home accessed an MBS subsidised mental health-related service. Similarly, 7.5% of people born overseas who spoke English at home accessed mental health-related services. Around 6.0% of people born in Australia who spoke a language other than English at home accessed a mental health-related service in 2011, while 5.6% of people born overseas who spoke a language other than English at home did so.

PEOPLE WHO ACCESSED AT LEAST ONE MBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED SERVICE IN 2011,
Culturally and linguistically diverse groups

2011 Census countsPeople who accessed at least one
MBS subsidised mental health-related service in 2011


Number
'000
Median age
years
Sex ratio
ratio(a)
Number
'000
Proportion
%(b)

Born in Australia(c)
__Speaks English at home
13 802.2
35
97.0
1 097.9
8.0
__Speaks a language other than English at home
1 070.7
18
100.5
64.6
6.0
Born overseas
__Speaks English at home
2 472.0
49
101.1
185.7
7.5
__Speaks a language other than English at home
2 764.4
41
91.1
155.4
5.6
Totals
__Born in Australia(c)(d)
15 021.8
33
97.5
1 169.0
7.8
__Born overseas(d)
5 280.4
45
95.9
342.9
6.5
__Speaks English at home(e)
16 509.3
38
97.4
1 302.2
7.9
__Speaks a language other than English at home(e)
3 904.3
36
93.6
224.7
5.8
Total persons
21 507.7
37
97.8
1 540.8
7.2

(a) Males per 100 females.
(b) Proportion of population (2011 Census counts).
(c) Includes External Territories.
(d) Includes not stated and inadequately described language spoken at home.
(e) Includes not stated and inadequately described country of birth.

Across age, the pattern of people accessing mental health-related services was broadly similar amongst the four groupings of people from differing culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with rates of use generally highest amongst people aged 25-54 years and lowest amongst children and older people.

People born overseas who spoke a language other than English at home had considerably lower rates of use between the ages of 15 to 54 years. In 2011, 6.0% of 15-54 year old people born overseas who spoke a language other than English at home used at least one MBS subsidised mental health-related service, compared with 10.9% of people born in Australia who spoke English at home, 9.4% of people born in Australia who spoke a language other than English at home, and 9.3% of people born overseas who spoke English at home.

Graph Image for Proportion of pop. accessing MBS mental health-related services in 2011, Culturally and linguistically diverse groups

Source(s): Mental Health Services-Census Integrated Dataset, 2011