4329.0.00.006 - Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications, Analysis of 2011 data  
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PERSONS WHO ACCESSED MBS AND/OR PBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED TREATMENTS IN 2011

This section presents a broad summary of persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services and/or PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications (‘mental health-related treatments’) in 2011.

There were 3.2 million persons (14.8% of all Australians) who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011. Overall, more females accessed mental health-related treatments than males: 2.0 million females (18.0% of all females) compared with 1.2 million males (11.6% of all males). Amongst both males and females the greatest numbers of persons who accessed mental health-related treatments were aged 35-54 years.

Graph Image for Number of persons who accessed mental health-related treatments(a) in 2011, Sex and age

Footnote(s): (a) Persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services and/or PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications in 2011.

Source(s): Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications



The age structure of the population who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011 was considerably older than that of the total Australian population, with a median age of 49 years compared with 37 years respectively. Of the 3.2 million people who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011, 28% were aged 65 years or over (compared with 14% of the total Australian population) while only 15% were aged less than 25 years (compared with 33% of the total Australian population).

Graph Image for Age structure of population, Persons who accessed mental health-related treatments(a) in 2011 and total Australia

Footnote(s): (a) Persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services and/or PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications in 2011.

Source(s): Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications



Of the 3.2 million persons who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011, 1.5 million persons accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services while 2.3 million persons accessed PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications (7.1% and 10.9% of the total Australian population respectively).

PERSONS WHO ACCESSED MBS AND/OR PBS SUBSIDISED MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED TREATMENTS IN 2011
Type of treatment

Number of persons
no.
Proportion(a)
%

MBS subsidised mental health-related service
nnnPsychiatrist
295 478
1.4
nnnGeneral practitioner
1 223 434
5.7
nnnClinical psychologist
260 094
1.2
nnnOther psychologist
438 217
2.0
nnnOther allied health professional
45 607
0.2
nnnTotal persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services
1 536 511
7.1
PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medication
nnnAntipsychotics
338 314
1.6
nnnAnxiolytics
531 403
2.5
nnnHypnotics and sedatives
480 663
2.2
nnnAntidepressants
1 659 481
7.7
nnnPsychostimulants, agents used for ADHD and nootropics
81 382
0.4
nnnTotal persons who accessed PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications
2 346 536
10.9
Total persons who accessed MBS and/or PBS subsidised mental health-related treatments
3 190 847
14.8

(a) Proportion of the total 2011 Australian population (2011 Census).

The proportion of persons who accessed mental health-related services and medications differed significantly across age groups. For MBS subsidised mental health-related services, rates of access were generally highest amongst people aged 25-54 years and lowest amongst children and older persons, while for PBS subsidised mental health-related medications rates of access increased with age.

Graph Image for Proportion of persons who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011(a), Type of treatment and age

Footnote(s): (a) Persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services and/or PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications in 2011.

Source(s): Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications



In 2011 the most commonly accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services were mental health-related consultations with general practitioners (1.2 million persons or 5.7% of the total Australian population), while antidepressants were the most commonly accessed PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medications (1.7 million persons or 7.7% of the total Australian population).

Graph Image for Proportion of persons who accessed MBS subsidised mental health-related services in 2011, Type of service and age

Source(s): Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications



Graph Image for Proportion of persons who accessed PBS subsidised mental health-related medications in 2011, Type of medication and age

Source(s): Mortality of People Using Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications



More information on the socio-demographic characteristics of people who accessed mental health-related treatments in 2011 is available in: