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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 Scheme or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
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Denominator
Total population
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Computation

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)

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, …

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Disaggregation

2008–09 and 2009–10 (updated to include DVA data), and 2010–11—Nationally, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles.

2008-09 and 2009–10 (updated to include DVA data), and 2010–11—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 (Medicare Benefits Scheme data only).
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure).
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles.

Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)

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, 81325, 81355, 82000, 82015.

Medicare Benefits Scheme data presented by Indigenous status are adjusted for under-identification in the Medicare Australia Voluntary Indigenous Identifier (VII) database.

Analysis by state and territory, remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on the postcode of residence of person as recorded in Medicare Australia's database at the date the last service was recieved in the reference period.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

Inclusive of all mental-health related Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items and additional DVA 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, 2702, 2710, 2712, 2713, 2721, 2723, 2725, 2727.

Clinical psychologist services include MBS items 80000, 80005, 80010, 80015, 80020 and DVA items US01, US02, US03, US04, US05, US06, US07, US08, US50, US51, US99.

Other allied health services include MBS items 10956, 10968, 80100, 80105, 80110, 80115, 80120, 80125, 80130, 80135, 80140, 80145, 80150, 80155, 80160, 80165, 80170, 81325, 81355 , 82000, 82015 and DVA items CL20, CL25, CL30, US11, US12, US13, US14, US15, US16, US17, US18, US21, US22, US23, US24, US25, US26, US27, US31, US32, US33, US34, US35, US36, US37, US52, US53, US96, US97, US98.

Analysis by state and territory, remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on the residence of person as recorded by Medicare Australia at the date the last service was received in the reference period.

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 Scheme or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
Denominators
Total population
Disaggregation

2008–09 and 2009–10 (updated to include DVA data), and 2010–11—Nationally, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles.

2008-09 and 2009–10 (updated to include DVA data), and 2010–11—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 (Medicare Benefits Scheme data only).
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure).
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles.

Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

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