Mental Health related prescriptions

Table 9: Patients dispensed with mental health-related prescriptions, by Remoteness, 2015–16

 

MC

IR

OR

R

VR

 

Crude rate per 1,000 per year

Subsidised patients

93

141

113

66

27

Total patients

159

212

174

119

57

Subsidised prescriptions

925

1400

1099

602

222

Total prescriptions

1412

1964

1577

1000

434

Prescriptions per patient

8.9

9.3

9.1

8.4

7.6

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

Table 10: Patients dispensed with mental health-related prescriptions, by agegroup, 2015–16

 

Less than 15 years

15–24 years

25–34 years

35–44 years

45–54 years

55–64 years

65 years and over

 

Crude rate per 1,000 per year

Subsidised patients

18.8

53.0

59.1

82.0

94.4

119.7

297.9

Total patients

22.7

101.8

136.5

183.2

215.3

235.9

327.1

Subsidised prescriptions

155.1

371.4

546.2

919.0

1095.5

1327.9

2840.4

Total prescriptions

182.0

684.4

1062.0

1707.3

2060.2

2237.5

3062.5

Prescriptions per patient

8.0

6.7

7.8

9.3

9.6

9.5

9.4

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

Crude rates of prescription are higher in regional areas, and lower in remote areas than in Major cities. One of the reasons for this difference is the older average age in regional areas and the younger average age in remote areas, coupled with the greater background prescription rates for older people. However, when the rate at which subsidised patients are dispensed mental health related prescriptions is indirectly age standardised, these higher rates in regional areas, and lower rates in remote areas persist, albeit less strongly. It is unclear to what extent the supply (as opposed to the dispensing) of medication to Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Services under Section 100 influences these inter-regional comparisons, but it may explain much of the lower apparent rate of supply in remote areas.