National mental health report 2010

This report, the eleventh in the series, presents the latest data on progress made under the National Mental Health Strategy.

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ISBN: 978-1-74241-310-5
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Acknowledgements
Conventions used in this report
Copyright statements
Guide to the National Mental Health Report series

Acknowledgements

This report has been produced by the Mental Health Reform Branch of the Department of Health and Ageing. It uses information that could not have been presented without the cooperation of many people and organisations throughout Australia.
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These include:
  • the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council National Mental Health Standing Committee Information Strategy Subcommittee, which oversees the data collection instruments and methodology;

  • the management and staff of all specialised mental health services, who provided data for the National Minimum Data Set – Mental Health Establishments;

  • the various mental health branches within each state and territory health department, in association with other relevant areas of their organisations that coordinated the annual data collections;

  • the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which managed data validation of the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 collections of the National Minimum Data Set – Mental Health Establishments.

  • Strategic Data Pty Ltd, which provided the technical services to enable data processing and web based validation of the National Minimum Data Set – Mental Health Establishments.

  • the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which provided information on private psychiatric hospitals;

  • Australian Government departments and the various areas of the Department of Health and Ageing that provided information on mental health initiatives and services;

  • staff within the Medicare Statistics and Analysis Section, Medicare Benefits Branch and Pharmaceutical Access and Quality Branch of the Department of Health and Ageing, who provided the analyses of data relating to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, respectively; and

  • Buckingham and Associates Pty Ltd, who assisted the Australian Government in data analysis and drafting of the report.
Whilst responsibility for conclusions drawn in this report is held by the Department of Health and Ageing, the contribution and assistance of all persons and organisations that contributed to its production are gratefully acknowledged.

Conventions used in this report

Several conventions are used to improve the readability of this report.
  • Financial years are occasionally abbreviated by referring to the last calendar year of the pair. For example, 2007-08 is abbreviated as 2008, the period 1992-93 to 1997-98 is abbreviated as 1993-98 and so forth.

  • Unless otherwise stated, all expenditure and revenue reported in the body of the report are expressed in constant 2008 prices. Tabulated expenditure data presented in the Appendices indicate specifically whether current or constant prices are used.

  • All population-based indicators are expressed as crude (non age standardised) rates.

  • Frequent reference is made to the terms: 'First National Mental Health Plan', 'Second National Mental Health Plan', 'Third National Mental Health Plan' and 'National Mental Health Strategy'. Occasionally, they are referred to, respectively, as the 'First Plan', 'Second Plan', 'Third Plan', and 'the National Strategy' or 'the Strategy'.

  • The Fourth National Mental Health Plan 2009-2014 is referred to as the 'Fourth Plan'.
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This report is available for screen reading or free downloading from the internet site of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing at the website address listed below. The tables presented in the Appendices, including all data covering the years 1992-93 to 2007-08, are also available on the Mental Health section of the Department of Health and Ageing website (www.health.gov.au)

Additional hard copies of this report are available from the mental health branches of each state and territory health department. Contact addresses are provided at appendix 15 of this document. Copies may also be obtained by contacting the Department of Health and Ageing publications phone order service (telephone 1800 020 103, facsimile 1800 020 103), or via email National Mailing and Marketing at health@nationalmailing.com.au.

Prepared by the Mental Health Reform Branch, Mental Health and Chronic Disease Division, Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

Suggested citation for this report: Department of Health and Ageing (2010) National Mental Health Report 2010: Summary of 15 Years of reform in Australia's Mental Health Services under the National Mental Health Strategy 1993-2008. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
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Guide to the National Mental Health Report series

  • National Mental Health Report 1993
    Released: March 1994
    Coverage: 1992-93 'baseline year'

  • National Mental Health Report 1994
    Released: May 1995
    Coverage: Progress in 1993-94

  • National Mental Health Report 1995
    Released: July 1996
    Coverage: Progress to 1994-95

  • National Mental Health Report 1996
    Released: March 1998
    Coverage: Progress to 1995-96

  • National Mental Health Report 1997
    Released: March 1999
    Coverage: Progress to 1996-97

  • National Mental Health Report 2000
    Released: November 2000
    Coverage: Progress to 1997-98

  • National Mental Health Report 2002
    Released: October 2002
    Coverage: Progress to 1999-2000

  • National Mental Health Report 2004
    Released: November 2004
    Coverage: Progress to 2001-02

  • National Mental Health Report 2005
    Released: December 2005
    Coverage: Progress to 2002-03

  • National Mental Health Report 2007
    Released: February 2008
    Coverage: Progress to 2004-05

  • National Mental Health Report 2010
    Released: December 2010
    Coverage: Progress to 2007-08