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:
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:
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.
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.
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