4329.0.00.003 - Patterns of Use of Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications, 2011  
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COMBINATIONS OF TREATMENTS

The four MBS subsidised mental health-related services and five PBS subsidised mental health-related medication groups included in the Mental Health Services-Census Integrated Dataset means there are a potential 510 different combinations of services and medications possible for any one person (including instances of a single service or medication). In the Integrated Dataset there were 420 different combinations of treatments accessed by people in 2011.

The most common combinations of treatments in 2011 were:
  • Antidepressants only: 787,100 people, or almost one-quarter (24.4%) of the 3.2 million people who accessed at least one MBS or PBS subsidised mental health-related treatment in 2011;
  • Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives only: 412,800 people (12.8%);
  • General Practitioner only: 350,900 people (10.9%);
  • Antidepressants and Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives: 242,200 people (7.5%);
  • General Practitioner and Other Psychologist: 201,500 people (6.2%);
  • General Practitioner and Antidepressants: 137,000 people (4.2%); and
  • General Practitioner and Clinical Psychologist: 116,600 people (3.6%).

When interpreting this data, it should be noted that some consultations with health professionals at which mental health-related medications were prescribed may not have been recorded as a mental-health related service, or may have occurred earlier than 2011. These consultations were not captured in the Mental Health Services-Census Integrated Dataset on which this analysis is based.

Together the above combinations accounted for around two-thirds (69.7%) of all people who accessed at least one MBS or PBS subsidised mental health-related treatment in 2011, while the remainder of combinations (978,700 people in total; 30.3%) accounted for less than 3.0% each.

The two most common combinations of any three treatments were:
  • General Practitioner, Other Psychologist and Antidepressants: 63,700 people, or 2.0% of all people who received at least one MBS or PBS subsidised mental health-related treatment in 2011); and
  • General Practitioner, Antidepressants and Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives: 47,130 people (1.5%).

Of males and females who used at least one MBS or PBS subsidised mental health-related treatment in 2011, females were more likely than men to have used Antidepressant medications only (25.5% compared with 22.7% respectively) and Antidepressants in conjunction with Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives (8.4% compared with 6.1% respectively), reflecting females' higher use of Antidepressants and Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives overall.

Graph Image for Most common combination of MBS and PBS subsidised mental health-related services and medications in 2011, by sex

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



For more information on socio-demographic characteristics of people with different combinations of treatments in 2011 see Datacube Table 3.