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Definition

Ambulatory mental health services provided by private psychiatrists, GPs and allied health providers (psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses and Aboriginal health workers).

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Number of ambulatory mental health service contacts provided by private psychiatrists, general practitioners, clinical psychologists and other allied health providers (including registered psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses and Aboriginal health workers) claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
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Denominator
Total population
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Computation

Rates directly age-standardised. Inclusive of all mental-health related Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items and includes some ambulatory-equivalent admitted patient mental health service contacts.

Consultant psychiatrist services include MBS items 134, 136,138, 140, 142, 289,291, 293, 296, 297, 299, 300, 302, 304,306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 342, 344, …

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Disaggregation

2008–09 and 2009–10—Nationally, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

2008-09 and 2009–10—State and territory, by:

  • service streams (Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, General Practitioner and Other Allied Health)
  • sex
  • sex by age (10 year groups) (age specific rates)
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles

Disaggregations within individual jurisdictions are subject to data quality considerations. Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Rates directly age-standardised. Inclusive of all mental-health related Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items and includes some ambulatory-equivalent admitted patient mental health service contacts.

Consultant psychiatrist services include MBS items 134, 136,138, 140, 142, 289,291, 293, 296, 297, 299, 300, 302, 304,306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 361, 364, 366, 367, 369, 370, 855, 857, 858, 861, 864, 866, 14224.

GP and other services include MBS items 170, 171, 172, 2574, 2575, 2577, 2578, 2704, 2705, 2707, 2708, 2710, 2712, 2713, 2721, 2723, 2725, 2727. Also includes Item 2702, with effect from 1 January 2010.

Clinical psychologist services include MBS items 80000, 80005, 80010, 80015, 80020.

Other allied health services include MBS items 10956, 10968, 80100, 80105, 80110, 80115, 80120, 80125, 80130, 80135, 80140, 80145, 80150, 80155, 80160, 80165, 80170, 82000, 82015. 81325 and 81355 from 1 November 2008.

Analysis by state and territory, remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented per 1,000 population.

Numerators
Number of ambulatory mental health service contacts provided by private psychiatrists, general practitioners, clinical psychologists and other allied health providers (including registered psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses and Aboriginal health workers) claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
Denominators
Total population
Disaggregation

2008–09 and 2009–10—Nationally, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

2008-09 and 2009–10—State and territory, by:

  • service streams (Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, General Practitioner and Other Allied Health)
  • sex
  • sex by age (10 year groups) (age specific rates)
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles

Disaggregations within individual jurisdictions are subject to data quality considerations. Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

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