4338.0 - Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13  
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Mental and behavioural conditions in the Australian Health Survey comprise a range of organic and psychological conditions such as dementia, depression, substance use and anxiety disorders.

In 2011-12 there were 3.0 million Australians (13.6%) who reported having a mental and behavioural condition, an increase from 11.2% in 2007-08 and 9.6% in 2001. Mood (affective) problems, which include depression, were most prevalent (2.1 million people or 9.7% of the population) followed by anxiety related problems (850,100 people or 3.8%).

Mental and behavioural conditions continued to be more common amongst women than men (15.1% compared with 12.0% respectively).

Information on psychological distress was also collected from adult respondents in the Australian Health Survey using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10). See Psychological distress.

Graph Image for Proportion of persons with a mental and behavioural condition, 2001 to 2011-12

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results

Previous results for mental and behavioural conditions

National Health Survey 2007–08, 2004–05, 2001, 1995
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2004-05

Other articles on mental and behavioural conditions

Australian Social Trends, March 2009: Mental Health
The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008: Health conditions and illness
National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007
Mental Health in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05
Changes in health: A snapshot, 2004-05
Facts at your Fingertips: Health, 2011: Mental Health of Young People, 2007