4329.0.00.003 - Patterns of Use of Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications, 2011  
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MBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED SERVICES

MBS subsidised mental health-related services provided by the following five groups are included in analysis in this publication:

  • Psychiatrists;
  • General Practitioners;
  • Clinical Psychologists;
  • Other Psychologists; and
  • Other Allied Health Professionals.

Appendix 1 provides more detail about specific mental health-related services listed on the MBS covered in this analysis.

There were 1.5 million people (7.2% of all Australians) who used at least one MBS subsidised mental health-related service in 2011. On average, these people had 5.2 MBS subsidised mental-health related consultations in 2011. Further information on people accessing the different types of services is provided in following sections of this publication.

PEOPLE WHO USED AT LEAST ONE MBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL
HEALTH-RELATED SERVICE IN 2011, Type of service

Type of service
Number of people
Proportion (%)(a)
Average number of consultations(b)

Psychiatrist
296 400
1.4
7.1
General Practitioner
1 224 900
5.7
1.8
Clinical Psychologist
260 300
1.2
5.2
Other Psychologist
438 600
2.0
4.9
Other Allied Health Professional
45 700
0.2
5.2
Total persons who used at least one MBS subsidised mental health-related service in 2011
1 540 800
7.2
5.2

(a) Proportion of the total Australian population.
(b) Average number of consultations of the particular service in 2011, of people who had at least one consultation of the particular service in 2011.