3.10 Access to mental health services

This measure reports on access to mental health care services.

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Why is it important?

This measure reports on access to mental health‑care services such as hospitals, community mental health‑care, doctors and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health‑care services. Indigenous Australians experience higher rates of mental health issues than other Australians, with deaths from suicide twice as high, hospitalisation rates for intentional self‑harm 2.7 times as high, and rates of high/very high psychological distress 2.6 times as high as for other Australians (AHMAC 2017). Mental health care may be provided by specialised mental health‑care services (for example, private psychiatrists, and specialised hospital, residential or community services), or by general health‑care services that supply mental health‑related care (for example, GPs and Indigenous primary health‑care organisations) (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Medicare Data
  • National Community Mental Health Care Database
  • National Health Workforce Data Set
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • National Mental Health Establishments Database

References

  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.