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This paper provides an overview of data about the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians.


This Mental health services—in brief 2014 report has been produced as a companion publication to the Mental health services in Australia website. The report provides an annual overview of key statistics and related information on mental health services, while incorporating updates made to the website over the 12 months to November 2014.

The next section of this report provides a brief description of mental illness in Australia in terms of its prevalence and impact. This is followed by an overview section on services accessed by people with mental illness, and expenditure on mental health services. Subsequent sections provide more detailed insights into mental health care services and support, medications, and resources, respectively. The report concludes with a 2014 special focus section on involuntary care and seclusion, and a section reporting 3 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Australian Public Mental Health Services

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