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Mental health-related medications for the following four groups are included:
See Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 respectively for more detail about specific mental health-related services and medications listed on the MBS and PBS and covered in this analysis.
The following examples illustrate two possible treatment options and are included to demonstrate how such treatments would be reflected in the Integrated Dataset used for this analysis:
In Example 1, a person attends their GP and explains they have been feeling down recently. After discussion, the GP prescribes antidepressants and arranges for a subsequent consultation in two months. At this second consultation the person explains they are still feeling down, and therefore the GP prescribes a different antidepressant as well as referring the person to a psychologist. In the Mental Health Services-Census Integrated Dataset this person would therefore have three MBS subsidised mental health-related services in 2011 and two PBS subsidised mental health-related medications.
In Example 2, a person was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder prior to 2011 which is being managed with ongoing medication. This person would therefore have had an MBS subsidised mental health-related service prior to 2011, three PBS subsidised mental health-related medications in 2011, and a further prescription in 2012.
DATA QUALITY CONSIDERATIONS
There are a number of factors that should be considered when interpreting information presented in this publication.
While the MBS items included in analysis include a range of subsidised mental health-related services provided in Australia, consultations with some medical practitioners such as paediatricians were not captured in the Mental Health Services-Census Integrated Dataset, even if they were related to mental health. Consultations with GPs that may have involved discussion of mental health issues but were not recorded as mental-health related services were also not captured.
Additionally, people who accessed mental health-related medications in 2011 for whom no mental health-related service was recorded in 2011 should not be considered to have obtained the medication without a prescription; rather, the consultation at which the medication was prescribed may not have been recorded as a mental health-related service, or may have occurred earlier than 2011.
Finally, while the four groupings of medications included in analyses are commonly prescribed for treating mental health conditions, they may also be prescribed to treat other conditions. A person's use of mental health-related services or medications does not imply a diagnosis of a mental health condition. For information on people who reported having a mental or behavioural condition in Australia in 2014-15 (4.0 million people) see National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001).
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