Mental Health Spending on the Rise - AIHW
27 March 2013 at 11:16 am
Mental health spending in Australia is on the rise, according to new figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The latest figures, released on the AIHW's Mental Health Services in Australia website, show that after allowing for inflation, spending on mental health-related services increased to almost $6.9 billion in 2010-11, an increase of about $450 million from 2009-10.
“This equates to about $309 spent per Australian on mental health related services in 2010-11, an increase from $248 per Australian in 2006-07,” AIHW spokesperson Dr Pamela Kinnear said.
The new figures also show that over $4.2 billion was spent on state and territory specialised mental health services in 2010-11, and of this a large proportion ($1.8 billion) was spent on specialised mental health services delivered in public hospitals for admitted patients.
“The figures released today also show that the Australian Government's spending on mental health related services is rising,” Dr Kinnear said.
“This includes $852 million paid in Medicare benefits for mental-health-related services, equating to about 5% of total Medicare expenditure. Almost 9% of all prescription subsidies in 2010-11 were mental health-related, totalling $834 million, or $38 per Australian.”
AIHW has also presented the latest figures on the 1,450 specialised mental health care facilities providing care in 2010-11.
According to the figures, around 10,800 specialised mental health beds were available nationally during 2010-11, with around two-thirds (6,755 beds) provided by public hospitals.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Federal Government to provide regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.