Hospital ambulatory-equivalent mental health related separations

Table 8: Public hospital ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related separations, by Remoteness, 2014–15

 

MC

IR

OR

R

VR

 

Rate per 10,000 population

- with specialised psychiatric care

4.4

2.6

1.7

0.4

0.1

- without specialised psychiatric care

7.7

5.7

11.4

18.2

28.1

Source: http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au/downloads/data-downloads/

The rate of public hospital ambulatory-equivalent mental health-related separations which involves specialised psychiatric care tends to decrease strongly with remoteness, while rates of such separations without specialised psychiatric care tend to increase (excluding Inner regional areas) with remoteness.  This may reflect the relative availability of appropriate mental health professionals in these areas.

Data for private hospitals is a little more opaque, with available data showing that between 87% and 89% of both individuals and episodes of care categorised as mental health related ambulatory care in 2014-15, lived in “urban” areas (ie with 11-13% of such private hospital occasions of care for those living in “non-urban” areas). But it is unclear what constitutes an “urban” as opposed to a “non-urban” area.