Journal article

Service use for mental health problems: findings from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Philip M Burgess, Jane E Pirkis, Tim N Slade, Amy K Johnston, Graham N Meadows, Jane M Gunn

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of 12 month rates of service use for mental health problems and mental disorders by the general Australian adult population. METHOD: Data came from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (2007 NSMHWB), a nationally representative household survey of 8841 individuals aged between 16 and 85 years. RESULTS: Overall, 11.9% of the general Australian adult population made use of any services for mental health problems in a 12 month period. Approximately one-third of people (34.9%) meeting criteria for a mental disorder did so. Female subjects with mental disorders were more likely to use services than male subjects (40.7% vs 27.5%). People in the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The 2007 NSMHWB was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The authors would like to thank the 2007 NSMHWB Reference Group for their input into the survey's design. The authors would also like to thank those who participated in the survey.