Workforce

Table 3: Prevalence of specialist mental health professionals, by Remoteness, 2015

 

MC

IR

OR

R

VR

 

Workers per 100,000 population

Psychiatrist

16

6

4

5

2

Psychologist

120

71

48

36

25

Mental Health Nurse

94

84

51

54

29

 

Clinical FTE per 100,000 population

Psychiatrist

13

5

4

5

2

Psychologist

73

46

33

25

18

Mental Health Nurse

83

74

46

53

29

Source: http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au/resources/workforce/

Note: FTE=Full-time equivalent. MC=Major cities, IR=Inner regional areas, OR=Outer regional areas, R=Remote areas and VR=Very remote areas.

 

Figure 1: Prevalence of specialist mental health professionals, by Remoteness, 2015

Figure 1: Prevalence of specialist mental health professionals, by Remoteness, 2015

Source: http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au/resources/workforce/

 

The prevalence of mental health professionals (Table 3 and Figure 1) decreases rapidly with remoteness, with psychiatrists being roughly 6 times less prevalent in Very remote areas, psychologists roughly 4 times less prevalent and mental health nurses roughly 3 times less prevalent. Prevalences for these professions in regional/rural areas are about a third to two thirds what they are in Major cities (depending on profession).