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PBS WORK AND EDUCATION
Of the 3 million Australians aged 15-64 years whose highest level of education was a Bachelor degree or higher, 6.4% accessed a PBS subsidised mental health-related medication in 2011.
Graph 8: Proportion of Australian population aged 15-64 years accessing PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medication -- 2011, by Level of Highest Educational Attainment and Drug Type
Paid employment is a major source of economic resources and security for most individuals. It allows people to contribute to their community and it can enhance their skills, social networks and identity (Endnote 3).
Generally, participation in the labour force tends to be lower in the teenage years, before rising in the twenties as people complete their educational qualifications and begin a career. The rate for men tends to stay quite high until they reach their late fifties and into their sixties, when many men retire. For women, the labour force participation rate tends to dip during the peak child-bearing years between ages 25 and 44 years (Endnote 4).
In 2011, of all employed Australians aged 15-64 years, 6.6% accessed subsidised mental health- related medications, compared with 13.3% of all people who were unemployed and 20% of all people who were not in the labour force.
Graph 9: Proportion of Australian population aged 15-64 years accessing PBS subsidised mental health-related prescription medication - 2011, by Age and Labour Force Status
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