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4-3. Mental health conditions

4-3-1. Mental health conditions in South Australia – by Local Health Network

4-3-2. Mental health conditions in South Australia – by age and sex

4-3-3. Mental health conditions in South Australia – by socio-economic status

4-3-4. Mental health conditions in Australia – by state and territory

4-3-5. Mental health conditions – Aboriginal people

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4-3-1. Mental health conditions in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2017, around one in five (20.9%) South Australians aged 18 years or more reported living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition1.
  • A mental health condition is defined here as doctor-diagnosed anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health problem.
  • The rate varies between the local health networks (LHNs) from 10.8% in the Eyre and Far North LHN to 25.6% in the Yorke and Northern LHN1.
  • The metropolitan Adelaide rate (21.8%) is statistically significantly higher than the Country SA rate of 19.0%1.
  • A statistically significant increasing trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting living with a mental health condition was identified in both the metropolitan Adelaide and Country SA time series1.

 

Living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition (aged 18+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 24.6%
Central Adelaide 20.9%
Southern Adelaide 20.4%
Metropolitan Adelaide 21.8%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 21.2%
Eyre and Far North 10.8%
Flinders and Upper North 21.9%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 15.4%
South East 12.2%
Yorke & Northern 25.6%
Country SA 19.0%
South Australia 20.9%
Australia n.a.

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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4-3-2. Mental health conditions in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2017, the proportion of the population aged 18 years and over that reported living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition was higher for females (24.5%) than males (17.2%)1.
  • A mental health condition is defined here as doctor-diagnosed anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health problem.

 


Living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition (aged 18+ years), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 12.8% 28.0%
25-34 16.7% 42.3%
35-44 19.3% 25.2%
45-54 20.9% 19.5%
55-64 22.8% 20.8%
65-74 12.6% 26.8%
75+ 11.2% 17.0%
All ages 17.2% 24.5%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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4-3-3. Mental health conditions in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2017, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years reporting living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition and the socio-economic status of the geographic area in which they live1.
  • A mental health condition is defined here as doctor-diagnosed anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health problem.

 

Living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition (aged 18+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 23.0%
Low SES 21.9%
Middle SES 23.7%
High SES 20.0%
Highest SES 17.3%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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4-3-4. Mental health conditions in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people of all ages and is not directly comparable with data presented from the state-wide survey for ages 18 years and over in 4-3-1 to 4-3-3 above.
  • The national survey reports figures that broadly corroborate the statewide figures, showing that an estimated 18.1% of the age-standardised population in South Australia are living with a mental or behavioural problem that has lasted or which the survey respondent expects to last for six months or more2.
  • The South Australian rate is similar to the Australia-wide rate of 17.4%. There is also not a great deal of variation in rates between the states and territories2.

 


Living with a mental or behavioural problem (all ages), 2014–15 (age-standardised)
State/Territory %
Western Australia 14.5%
Northern Territory 15.3%
Victoria 17.3%
New South Wales 17.7%
Queensland 18.0%
South Australia 18.1%
Australian Capital Territory 18.2%
Tasmania 21.0%
Australia 17.4%

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Data source: ABS 2015

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4-3-5. Mental health conditions – Aboriginal people

  • In 2012, around one in ten (10.3%) Aboriginal people in South Australia reported living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health problem3.
  • The rate was statistically significantly higher in metropolitan Adelaide (15.5%) than in Country SA (4.5%)3.
  • The prevalence of mental health conditions in South Australia's Aboriginal population (10.3%) is around a third lower than the state all-person rate (see 4-3-4 above)3.

 


Living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2012
Region %
Metropolitan Adelaide 15.5%
Rural SA 4.4%
Remote SA 4.5%*
Country SA 4.5%
South Australia 10.3%
Australia n.a.

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* Survey did not include APY Lands

Data source: University of Adelaide 2012


Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System customised extract 2018, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 16 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2015), ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 6 June 2016.
  3. Based on Taylor, A, Marin, T, Avery, J & Dal Grande, E 2012, 'Appendix A: Table A5.4 Mental Health', South Australian Aboriginal health survey, Population research and outcome studies, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.