Journal article

Estimating treatment rates for mental disorders in Australia

Harvey A Whiteford, William J Buckingham, Meredith G Harris, Philip M Burgess, Jane E Pirkis, Jan J Barendregt, Wayne D Hall

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the percentage of Australians with a mental disorder who received treatment for that disorder each year between 2006-07 and 2009-10. METHODS: We used: (1) epidemiological survey data to estimate the number of Australians with a mental disorder in any year; (2) a combination of administrative data on people receiving mental health care from the Commonwealth and State and Territories and epidemiological data to estimate the number receiving treatment; and (3) uncertainty modelling to estimate the effects of sampling error and assumptions on these estimates. RESULTS: The estimated population treatment rate for mental disorders in Australia increased from 37% in 2006-07 to..

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