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

PBS subsidised mental health-related medications in this publication include:

  • Antipsychotics;
  • Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives;
  • Antidepressants; and
  • Psychostimulants, agents used for ADHD and nootropics.

Appendix 2 provides more detail about specific mental health-related medications listed on the PBS.

There were 2.4 million people (10.9% of all Australians) who had at least one script filled for a PBS subsidised mental health-related medication in 2011. On average, these people had 9.4 scripts filled for PBS subsidised mental-health related medications in 2011. Further information on people accessing the different types of medications is provided in following sections of this publication.

PEOPLE WHO ACCESSED HAD AT LEAST ONE PBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL
HEALTH-RELATED MEDICATION IN 2011, Type of medication

Type of medication
Number of people
Proportion (%)(a)
Average number of prescriptions(b)

Antipsychotics
349 900
1.6
8.3
Anxiolytics/Hypnotics and sedatives
921 100
4.3
5.3
Antidepressants
1 678 900
7.8
8.2
Psychostimulants, agents used for ADHD and nootropics
81 400
0.4
7.0
Total persons who had at least one script filled for a PBS subsidised mental health-related medication in 2011
2 354 100
10.9
9.4

(a) Proportion of the total Australian population.
(b) Average number of prescriptions filled of the particular medication in 2011, of people who had at least one prescription filled for the particular medication in 2011.