$6.6B for Mental Health

Today saw the release of the Australian Productivity Commission‘s Report on Government Services for 2013.

The Report has been produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials (comprised of Federal, State and Territory representatives) to promote “awareness about the performance of government services and help drive  improvements in design and delivery.”

Key to the report is addressing service delivery for disadvantaged Australians, as well as the economic benefits resulting from improved service efficiency.

Australians governments spent over $170 billion on the services covered in this year’s Report,  equivalent to around 11.8% of Australia’s national income.

In Chaper 12 of the Report, the Productivity Commission examines Mental Health Management and its key services: the MBS or subsidised mental health services; admitted patient care in hospital and community based services.

  • In 2011-2012 $6.6 billion was allocated to mental health by Australian governments with State and Territory governments making the largest contributions ($4.1 billion or 62.2%) to Australian mental health services
  • Total spending on mental health services by the Federal government was $2.5 billion or 37.5%
  • In the year 2010-2011 1.6% of Australians recieved State and Territory governments’ community-based ambulatory mental health services
  • In that same year 6.9% of the population recieved MBS-subsidised mental health services
  • In 2010-2011 mental health beds in public hospitals or community-based residential settings was 40.2 per 100,000 people

For more information, click here to read the factsheet or read the full report on the Commission’s website.

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