Reports

Mental health: prevalence and impact  

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Mental health is a key component of overall health and wellbeing. Mental illnesses include anxiety disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders and substance use disorders.

Mental health services 

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People with mental illness can access a variety of support services, which are delivered by governments, and by the private and not-for-profit sectors. Mental health treatment, care and support is provided in a range of settings and services, including:

  • specialised hospital services – public and private
  • residential mental health services
  • community mental health care services
  • primary care services.

Physical health of people with mental illness 

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People living with mental illness, and in particular severe (and often long-term) mental illness, such as a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia, are more likely to develop comorbid physical illness and tend to die earlier than the general population. 

Stress and trauma 

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Stress and trauma affect the physical and emotional wellbeing of millions of Australians. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and there is a significant amount of uncertainty, it is normal for people to experience symptoms of emotional distress.

Related reports

These reports include various sections on mental health. 

Specialist homelessness services client pathways: analysis insights 

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The AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Collection includes information about clients receiving homelessness services support from 1 July 2011 onwards. These data have been analysed to examine service usage patterns and demographics for specific cohorts. Additional insights will be added regularly to this report.

Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia 

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Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is a major cause of preventable disease, illness and death in Australia. This report consolidates recent information on the availability and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia, and related impacts, harms and treatment.

This report is regularly updated with data from a range of sources. There are differences in the source year and frequency of publication. See the Summary of main data sources and Notes for more information. Content is correct as at 1 July 2022. Reports released after this date will be included in the next scheduled release.

Australia’s health 2022: data insights 

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Australia’s health 2022: data insights is a collection of 10 in-depth articles on selected health topics, including a focus on the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the evolution of the health system over the last 100 years, and the importance of a strong evidence base for supporting the health of Australians.

Australia’s health 2022 is the 18th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This edition's full product suite comprises:

Australia's children 

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Childhood is an important time for healthy development, learning, and establishing the foundations for future wellbeing. Most Australian children are healthy, safe and doing well. However, childhood is also a time of vulnerability and a child’s outcomes can vary depending on where they live and their family’s circumstances. This report brings together a range of data on children’s wellbeing and their experiences at home, school and in the community. Highlights are presented in Australia’s children: in brief.

Sleep problems as a risk factor for chronic conditions 

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This report summarises evidence on the prevalence of sleep problems and their relationship with chronic health conditions. It shows that Australian adults commonly report sleep problems, and that getting too much or too little sleep is associated with an increased risk of several conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke. Data limitations and opportunities for monitoring sleep are also discussed.

Australia’s welfare 2021: data insights 

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Australia’s welfare 2021: data insights presents an overview of the welfare data landscape and explores selected welfare topics—including the social determinants of wellbeing, and the impact COVID-19 has had on employment and income levels, the housing system and wellbeing—in 8 original articles.

Australia’s welfare 2021 is the 15th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This Australia’s welfare 2021: data insights report is part of an expanded product suite that includes:

The first year of COVID-19 in Australia: direct and indirect health effects 

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This report looks at the direct and indirect health effects of COVID-19 in Australia. It includes information on case numbers, deaths and burden of disease as well as the impact on other diseases, health services, changes in health behaviours and social determinants. By 20 June 2021, there had been just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths from COVID-19 in Australia. Some groups in the population were more affected than others.

Mental illness 

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Most young people in Australia are happy, feel positive about the future and are satisfied with their lives overall. However, some young people suffer poor mental health.

Part of: Australia's youth

Chronic condition multimorbidity 

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Chronic conditions are an important global, national and individual health concern. They cause substantial ill health, disability, premature death, and disease burden. Many people with chronic conditions do not have a single condition, but rather they have multimorbidity – the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions at the same time. Using 10 major chronic conditions, this report, and the associated fact sheet, explore the characteristics and experiences of people with multimorbidity.