The number of people in Australia with a psychological disability has increased between 2009 and 2012.
At the national level, results from the 2012 SDAC showed that:
- Of all people with any type of disability, 18.5% had a psychological disability.
- 3.4% of Australians (770,500 people) reported having a psychological disability, with similar rates for men and women. This was an increase from 2.8% (606,000 people) in 2009.
- Of those with a psychological disability, just over four in ten reported profound levels of core activity limitation, and a further two in ten severe core activity limitations.
It was also revealed that a wide range of long-term health conditions and impairments coexist with psychological disability:
- The majority of people who reported a psychological disability reported having one or more other disabling conditions.
When looking at the need for and receipt of assistance, results included:
- 96% of people with psychological disability reported needing assistance or experiencing difficulty in at least one of the broad activity areas of everyday life.
- Only 1.8% of people with psychological disability who reported needing assistance did not have their need met at all.