Journal article

Perceived need for mental health care: findings from the 2007 Australian Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Graham N Meadows, Philip M Burgess

Aust. New Zealand J. Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009


OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of perceived need for mental health care and response of services to those needs as assessed by the general Australian adult population. METHOD: The Perceived Need for Care Questionnaire was administered to respondents of the Australian 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. This instrument allows for self assessment of needs for five kinds of intervention from mental health services as needed in the last year. Specific needs assessed included: medication, information, counselling including psychotherapy, social interventions and skills training: Needs for care may be rated as unmet, partially met and met. RESULTS: Approximately 14% of the pop..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all the participants in the reported survey. We acknowledge the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging and the ABS for their essential roles in support and conduct of both the NSMHW 2007 and 1997. Amy Johnston and Mark Deady at University of New South Wales and Bernadette O'Grady with Southern Synergy at Monash University provided valued support to preparation of output tables and figures. Amy Johnston, Ellie Fossey from Latrobe University and Scott Patten from the University of Calgary provided helpful comments on earlier drafts.