Report finds Australians living in regional areas more likely to be hospitalised for a mental health condition

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published the report, Health Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-2014. The report looks at local-level variations in populations across the 31 primary health networks Australia wide as well as 330 smaller local areas.

Findings from the report show that individuals living in regional areas were more likely to be hospitalised for a mental health condition or for intentionally harming themselves in 2013–14. The rate of mental health related overnight hospitalisation for regional PHN areas was 971 hospitalisations per 100,000 people compared to the metropolitan PHN rate of 857 hospitalisations per 100,000 people.

Understanding the number of individuals in our communities that require hospital treatment for mental health conditions assists us in identifying specific areas within our region that may require an increased level of services and support. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN will be using the data available in this report to inform our ongoing needs assessment processes and annual activity work plans. We will continue to work with Sydney Local Health District and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, as well as St Vincent’s and Sydney Children’s specialty health networks to deliver locally focused integrated and efficient health services.

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