4329.0.00.006 - Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications, Analysis of 2011 data  
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CONCLUSIONS

The Mental Health Services-Census-Mortality Integrated Dataset has enabled analysis of the characteristics and mortality outcomes of persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services and/or PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications in 2011. Results from this analysis provide new insights into mortality amongst persons who accessed these treatments.

Persons who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011 were found to have considerably higher rates of mortality than the Australian population overall, while differences in death rates also existed between different groups within this population.

Results show that while causes of death amongst persons who accessed mental health-related treatments were broadly similar to those of the Australian population overall, cause-specific death rates were higher amongst persons who accessed mental health-related treatments.

Additional investigations into the ways Australians access mental health-related treatments would further add to the body of evidence available to inform mental health policy and programs.