Summary

Services

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.

There were 280,700 mental health-related overnight admitted patient hospitalisations in 2020-21.
Admitted patients

Around 10.2 million community mental health care contacts were provided in 2020–21.
Community services

In 2020-21, 3.5% of presentations to public emergency departments were mental health-related.
Emergency departments

Picture depicting 9 people with one shaded to show 1 in 91 in 9 Australians accessed mental health-specific services under Medicare in 2020-21.
Medicare-subsidised services

62% of mental health-related prescriptions filled were subsidised by the PBS in 2020–21.
Mental health prescriptions

In December 2021, 11% of NDIS participants had a psychosocial primary disability.
Psychosocial disability support services

In 2020–21, 9,050 episodes of residential mental health care were recorded for 7,180 residents.
Residential services

In 2020-21, almost 2 in 5 specialist homelessness services clients had a mental health issue.
Specialist homelessness services

Funding and resources

A well-resourced mental health care system is integral to positive mental health outcomes in Australian communities. Data are available to understand how mental health care services in Australia are funded and resourced. 

Hospital bed depicting mental health facilities7,020 specialised mental health public hospital beds were available in 2019–20, providing 2.3 million patient days.
Facilities

Per person, $431 was spent on mental health-related services in Australia in 2019–20.
Expenditure

There were 24,600 mental health nurses working in Australia in 2020.  
Workforce

Safety and quality

Safety and quality is important in all areas of the health system. A safe and high-quality health system provides the most appropriate and best-value care, while keeping patients safe from preventable harm. Data are available that can be used to measure aspects of safety and quality in the Australian mental health care system.

Across NSW, Vic and Qld, 29,000 consumer-rated surveys were collected in 2020-21.
Consumer perspectives

Information was recorded for 43% of consumers of public mental health services in 2019-20.
Consumer outcomes

Line graph showing the number of restrictive practices decreasingRates of both seclusion events and mechanical restraint events have fallen over the past decade.
Restrictive practices