Having examined annual rates of uptake of Better Access items, and changes in trends in uptake over time, the socio–demographic characteristics of people receiving Better Access services were then profiled. Table 3.10 shows the distribution of annual Better Access uptake rates according to four key socio–demographic factors – age, gender, geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage – for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Changes in uptake according to the various socio–demographic characteristics are examined the following section, hence interpretation focuses on the 2009 data. The following patterns were observed:

  • Uptake increased with age, peaking among adults in the 25–34 year and 35–44 year age groups, then decreased with age thereafter.

  • Uptake among young people aged less than 15 years and older people aged 65 years or more was considerably lower than for all other age groups. It should also be noted, however, that relatively lower access by young people is not unique to Better Access: young people access all mental health services less often than other members of the population5, 27, 40 possibly because they are less likely to perceive that they have a need for mental health care.41, 42

  • Overall, females used Better Access services to a greater extent than males, by a ratio of approximately 1.7:1.

  • In absolute terms, more than two–thirds of people who used Better Access services (65.5% in 2009) reside in capital cities. However, after adjusting for the population size of each category of geographical region, the age–standardised uptake rates were found to be slightly lower for capital cities (53.7 per 1,000 population in 2009) than for other metropolitan centres and rural centres (59.0 and 57.6 persons per 1,000 population in 2009, respectively). Rates were around 12% lower for people residing in other rural areas (47.3 per 1,000 population in 2009) and around 60% lower for people in remote areas (21.5 per 1,000 population in 2009) than for people in capital cities.

  • In absolute terms, the percentage of people who used Better Access services decreased steadily as level of socio–economic disadvantage (as defined by quintiles on the IRSD) increased. However, after adjusting for the population size in each quintile of socio–economic disadvantage, the age–standardised rates show that uptake rates were around 10% lower for people in the most disadvantaged areas (48.5 persons per 1,000 population in 2009) than in all other areas (ranging from 52.4 to 53.6 persons per 1,000 population in 2009).
Top of pageUptake by age within gender was examined to see whether the patterns of uptake by age were similar in both males and females. Figure 3.6, figure 3.7 and figure 3.8 show uptake by age group for each gender, for 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively. The figures show that:
  • The female preponderance in uptake was not evident in the youngest age groups and was relatively small in the oldest age group.

  • For both males and females, uptake increased with age, peaking among adults in the 25–34 year and 35–44 year age groups, then decreased with age thereafter.

  • Although annual rates of uptake have increased, the age–gender patterns have not changed over the 2007 to 2009 period.
It is also helpful to consider how the age–gender patterns correspond to the prevalence of common mental disorders – affective, anxiety and substance use disorders – in the Australian community. Figure 3.9 and figure 3.10 plot the prevalence rates for 12–month mental disorders (from the 2007 NSMHWB) and rates of persons using Better Access by age group for males and females (per 1,000 population in 2009). These figures show that the relative gap between Better Access use in 2009 and 12–month disorder prevalence was greatest for young people aged 16–24 years. For males aged 16–24 years, rates of persons using Better Access services were equivalent to 17.8% of the prevalence rates for this age–gender group. The corresponding percentages for males in other age categories were: 23.4% for 25–34 year olds; 27.7% for 35–44 year olds; 25.8% for 45–54 year olds; 33.7% for 55–64 year olds; 30.9% for 65–74 year olds; and 35.6% for 75–84 year olds. For females the percentages were: 25.9% for 16–24 year olds; 36.2% for 25–34 year olds; 39.5% for 35–44 year olds; 35.6% for 45–54 year olds; 40.8% for 55–64 year olds; 46.1% for 65–74 year olds; and 42.0% for 75–84 year olds. However caution should be exercised in interpreting these figures because it cannot be assumed that all people using Better Access services had one of the mental disorders assessed by the 2007 NSMHWB.

Uptake rates were then examined by socio–demographic group for the major item groups (GP Mental Health Treatment items, Consultant Psychiatry items, Psychological Therapy items, and Focussed Psychological Strategies items). Table 3.11 shows the distribution of annual Better Access uptake by age and gender for each of the item groups. Table 3.12 shows the distribution of annual Better Access uptake by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage categories for each of the item groups. Focusing on the 2009 data, the tables show that:
  • The pattern of uptake by age group was similar for all item groups, and mirrors the pattern for any Better Access item (table 3.10). That is, uptake increased with age, peaking among adults in the 25–34 year and 35–44 year age groups, then decreased with age thereafter.

  • Young people showed the lowest uptake of GP Mental Health Treatment and Consultant Psychiatry items, whereas older people showed the lowest uptake of Psychological Therapy Services and Focussed Psychological Strategies items.

  • The female:male ratio of uptake rates was between 1.7:1 and 1.8:1 for the GP Mental Health Treatment, Psychological Therapy Services and Focussed Psychological Strategies item groups. The female:male ratio for Consultant Psychiatry items was considerably lower (1.2:1).

  • For the GP Mental Health Treatment item group, uptake rates were highest among people living in other metropolitan centres (51.2 per 1,000 population) and rural centres (50.9 per 1,000 population), and slightly lower for people living in capital cities (45.6 per 1,000 population). Compared to people living in other metropolitan regions (the region type with the highest uptake), uptake rates were 18% lower (41.9% per 1,000 population) for people residing in other rural areas and 62% lower (19.5 per 1,000 population) for people in remote areas.

  • There was a similar pattern for the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group. Uptake was highest among people living in other metropolitan centres (21.3 per 1,000 population) and rural centres (20.6 per 1,000 population), and slightly lower for people living in capital cities (17.9 per 1,000 population). Compared to people living in other metropolitan regions (the region type with the highest uptake), uptake was 27% lower (15.6% per 1,000 population) for people residing in other rural areas and 80% lower (4.2 per 1,000 population) for people in remote areas.

  • For the Consultant Psychiatry item group, uptake showed a steady decrease across each category of geographical region from capital cities (5.3 per 1,000 population) to remote areas (1.4 per 1,000 population). Similarly for the Psychological Therapy Services item group, uptake rates steadily decreased from capital cities (10.3 per 1,000 population) to remote areas (1.6 per 1,000 population).

  • Uptake of the GP Mental Health Treatment item group was similar across all categories of socio–economic disadvantage, with the exception of the most disadvantaged areas. Uptake rates for people in the most disadvantaged areas were 10% lower than for those in areas of highest uptake (quintile 2). A similar pattern was found for Focussed Psychological Strategies where uptake rates for people in the most disadvantaged areas were 19% lower than for those in areas of highest uptake (quintile 4).

  • In contrast, uptake of the Psychological Therapy Services and, to a lesser extent, the Consultant Psychiatry item groups, decreased as levels of socio–economic disadvantage increased.
Because the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group subsumes services for three provider types – General Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers – table 3.13 and table 3.14 show the uptake rates by socio–demographic characteristic for these provider groups separately.

Given the preponderance of services provided by General Psychologists, patterns for this group mirror the general patterns for the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group. Focussing on the 2009 data, Table 3.13 shows that persons using Better Access services provided by Occupational Therapist have a somewhat different profile than persons using Better Access services provided by General Psychologists and Social Workers. Occupational Therapists see a higher rate of young people aged less than 15 years. They also see similar proportions of males and females. Table 3.14 shows that the profile of persons seen by region and socio–economic disadvantage is similar across the three provider types, although Occupational Therapists saw a relatively higher rate of persons from the least disadvantages areas in 2009 (NB. this pattern was, however, not evident in 2007 or 2008).
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Figure 3.6 Uptake of Better Access MBS items by age group and sex, 2007


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Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
Age GroupMales
Rate per 1,000
Females
Rate per 1,000
0-14 years
10
10
15-24 years
25
50
25-34 years
35
65
35-44 years
36
66
45-54 years
30
45
55-64 years
25
40
65+ years
12
20

Figure 3.7 Uptake of Better Access MBS items by age group and sex, 2008

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Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
Age GroupMales
Rate per 1,000
Females
Rate per 1,000
0-14 years
18
15
15-24 years
30
63
25-34 years
46
86
35-44 years
50
88
45-54 years
40
72
55-64 years
30
56
65+ years
16
30

Figure 3.8 Uptake of Better Access MBS items by age group and sex, 2009

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Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
Age GroupMales
Rate per 1,000
Females
Rate per 1,000
0-14 years
25
16
15-24 years
40
75
25-34 years
53
95
35-44 years
55
103
45-54 years
50
86
55-64 years
36
67
65+ years
20
36

Figure 3.9 12–month prevalence of common mental disorders and uptake of Better Access MBS items by age group, males (per 1,000 population)


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Age GroupPrevalence of affective, anxiety and substance use disorders (2007 NSMHWB)
Rate per 1,000
Persons using Better Access services in 2009
Rate per 1,000
16-24 years
225
40
25-34 years
230
50
35-44 years
210
60
45-54 years
180
50
55-64 years
110
40
65-74 years
70
25
75-84 years
50
20

Figure 3.10 12–month prevalence of common mental disorders and uptake of Better Access MBS items by age group, females (per 1,000 population)

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Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
Age GroupPrevalence of affective, anxiety and substance use disorders (2007 NSMHWB)
Rate per 1,000
Persons using Better Access services in 2009
Rate per 1,000
16-24 years
300
75
25-34 years
265
100
35-44 years
255
100
45-54 years
240
80
55-64 years
160
65
65-74 years
95
45
75-84 years
65
25
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Table 3.10 Persons receiving any MBS–subsidised Better Access services by age, gender, geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage for 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate per 1,000
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate per 1,000
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate per 1,000
Age group - 0-14 years
41,050
5.8
10.1
61,239
6.4
14.8
81,336
7.2
19.7
Age group - 15-24 years
106,078
14.9
35.9
141,840
14.9
47.3
171,876
15.2
57.3
Age group - 25-34 years
148,378
20.9
50.6
194,595
20.5
65.2
224,648
19.9
75.2
Age group - 35-44 years
161,854
22.8
52.3
213,303
22.4
68.5
249,183
22.0
80.0
Age group - 45-54 years
128,275
18.0
44.1
170,316
17.9
57.5
199,434
17.6
67.4
Age group - 55-64 years
77,508
10.9
33.2
105,049
11.0
43.6
124,944
11.1
51.8
Age group - 65+ years
47,697
6.7
17.3
65,112
6.8
23.0
78,963
7.0
27.9
Gender - Male
259,533
36.5
24.8
347,705
36.5
32.7
419,561
37.1
39.4
Gender - Female
451,307
63.5
42.7
603,749
63.5
56.3
710,823
62.9
66.2
Regiona - Capital cities
477,597
67.2
35.2
632,343
66.5
45.8
740,953
65.5
53.7
Regiona - Other metro
62,255
8.8
36.7
83,489
8.8
48.3
101,922
9.0
59.0
Regiona - Rural centres
92,461
13.0
35.0
127,506
13.4
47.5
155,054
13.7
57.6
Regiona - Other rural
71,572
10.1
28.5
98,863
10.4
38.9
120,434
10.7
47.3
Regiona - Remote areas
6,954
1.0
12.7
9,253
1.0
16.6
12,012
1.1
21.5
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
198,825
28.2
36.1
257,720
27.4
46.1
298,207
26.7
53.4
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
153,894
21.8
33.6
205,515
21.8
44.1
245,822
22.0
52.7
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
142,904
20.3
33.4
192,273
20.4
44.1
228,413
20.4
52.4
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
119,399
16.9
33.2
162,561
17.3
44.6
195,517
17.5
53.6
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
89,651
12.7
29.4
123,408
13.1
40.0
149,683
13.4
48.5
All Better Access items
710,840
100.0
33.8
951,454
100.0
44.5
1,130,384
100.0
52.8

2007 and 2008 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2009; 2009 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2010.
Region based on RRMA classification. Socio–economic disadvantage based on IRSD classification.
Rates for gender, region and socio–economic disadvantage are age–standardised; Rates for age group are crude.
a 2007, 1 case excluded due to missing data on RRMA;
b Approximately 1% of cases excluded due to missing IRSD quintile data.

Table 3.11 Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within item groups, by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.11a Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within GP Mental Health Treatment Items, by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
31,251
5.0
7.7
46,403
5.7
11.3
61,963
6.4
15.0
Age group - 15-24 years
92,869
15.0
31.4
123,855
15.1
41.3
150,664
15.5
50.2
Age group - 25-34 years
132,666
21.4
45.3
170,806
20.9
57.2
197,275
20.3
66.1
Age group - 35-44 years
143,485
23.2
46.4
185,370
22.7
59.5
216,295
22.3
69.5
Age group - 45-54 years
112,444
18.2
38.6
146,845
18.0
49.6
171,963
17.7
58.1
Age group - 55-64 years
66,806
10.8
28.6
89,980
11.0
37.3
107,041
11.0
44.4
Age group - 65+ years
39,346
6.4
14.2
46,403
6.7
19.2
66,635
6.9
23.5
Gender - Male
217,822
35.2
20.8
290,608
35.5
27.3
351,621
36.2
33.1
Gender - Female
401,045
64.8
38.0
527,130
64.5
49.1
620,215
63.8
57.8
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Table 3.11b Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within Consultant Psychiatry Items, by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
4,157
4.7
1.0
4,397
4.7
1.1
4,645
4.6
1.1
Age group - 15-24 years
14,841
16.9
5.0
15,703
16.8
5.2
17,515
17.4
5.8
Age group - 25-34 years
17,313
19.7
5.9
18,563
19.8
6.2
19,811
19.7
6.6
Age group - 35-44 years
18,273
20.8
5.9
19,422
20.7
6.2
20,556
20.5
6.6
Age group - 45-54 years
15,313
17.4
5.3
16,189
17.3
5.5
16,853
16.8
5.7
Age group - 55-64 years
10,043
11.4
4.3
10,968
11.4
4.4
11,465
11.4
4.8
Age group - 65+ years
8,007
9.1
2.9
8,764
9.3
3.1
9,589
9.5
3.4
Gender - Male
39,912
45.4
3.8
42,690
45.5
4.0
46,063
45.9
4.3
Gender - Female
48,035
54.6
4.5
51,046
54.5
4.7
54,371
54.1
5.0

Table 3.11c Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within Psychological Therapy Services Items, by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
9,167
9.3
2.2
15,302
10.1
3.7
20,521
10.8
5.0
Age group - 15-24 years
14,689
14.9
5.0
22,272
14.7
7.4
28,089
14.8
9.4
Age group - 25-34 years
20,943
21.2
7.1
32,067
2.2
10.7
38,833
20.5
13.0
Age group - 35-44 years
22,943
23.3
7.4
234,419
22.7
11.1
42,581
22.5
13.7
Age group - 45-54 years
17,296
17.5
5.9
26,343
17.4
8.9
32,286
17.0
10.9
Age group - 55-64 years
9,720
9.9
4.2
15,192
10.0
6.3
19,180
10.1
8.0
Age group - 65+ years
3,854
3.9
1.4
5,922
4.0
2.1
7,928
4.2
2.8
Gender - Male
34,562
35.0
3.3
54,298
35.8
5.1
69,254
36.6
6.5
Gender - Female
64,050
65.0
6.1
97,289
64.2
9.1
120,164
63.4
11.3

Table 3.11d Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within Focussed Psychological Strategies Items, by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
18,146
8.0
4.4
26,972
8.6
6.5
37,535
9.9
9.1
Age group - 15-24 years
31,441
13.9
10.
43,879
14.1
14.6
54,531
14.4
18.2
Age group - 25-34 years
47,644
21.1
16.3
64,278
20.6
21.5
75,585
19.9
25.3
Age group - 35-44 years
53,578
23.7
17.3
73,528
23.6
23.6
87,006
22.9
27.9
Age group - 45-54 years
41,642
18.4
14.3
56,632
18.1
19.1
67,950
17.9
23.0
Age group - 55-64 years
23,703
10.5
10.2
32,855
10.5
13.6
39,603
10.4
16.4
Age group - 65+ years
10,015
4.4
3.6
13,891
4.5
4.9
17,074
4.5
6.0
Gender - Male
76,293
33.7
7.3
107,092
34.3
10.1
134,895
35.6
12.7
Gender - Female
149,876
66.3
14.3
204,943
65.7
19.2
244,389
64.4
22.9

Notes for table 3.11

2007 and 2008 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2009; 2009 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2010. Rates for gender are age–standardised; Rates for age group are crude.

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Table 3.12 Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within item groups, by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.12a Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within GP Mental Health Treatment Items, by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
409,726
66.2
30.1
536,955
65.7
38.9
629,356
64.8
45.6
Regiona - Other metro
54,412
8.8
32.1
72,338
8.8
41.9
88,461
9.1
51.2
Regiona - Rural centres
83,886
13.6
31.8
112,733
13.8
42.0
136,679
14.4
50.9
Regiona - Other rural
64,583
10.4
25.8
87,387
10.7
34.5
106,479
11.0
41.9
Regiona - Remote areas
6,259
1.0
11.5
8,325
1.0
15.0
10,853
1.1
19.5
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
166,993
27.2
30.3
213,745
26.4
38.2
247,452
25.7
44.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
133,250
21.7
29.1
176,150
21.8
37.8
211,256
22.0
45.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
127,172
20.7
29.8
168,322
20.8
38.6
199,709
20.8
45.8
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
106,734
17.4
29.8
142,999
17.7
39.3
172,162
17.9
47.2
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
79,550
13.0
26.1
108,181
13.4
35.1
130,682
13.6
42.4

Table 3.12b Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within Consultant Psychiatry Items, by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
65,122
74.0
4.8
68,976
73,6
5.0
72,968
72.7
5.3
Regiona - Other metro
7,325
8.3
4.3
7,680
8.2
4.4
8,545
8.5
4.9
Regiona - Rural centres
8,029
9.1
3.0
8,803
9.4
3.2
9,923
9.9
3.7
Regiona - Other rural
6,788
7.7
2.7
7,587
8.1
3.0
8,229
8.2
3.2
Regiona - Remote areas
683
0.8
1.2
699
0.7
1.3
769
0.8
1.4
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
30.219
34.7
5.5
31,605
34.2
5.6
33,274
33.6
5.9
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
19,694
22.6
4.3
20,673
22.4
4.4
21,954
22.2
4.7
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
14,644
16.8
3.4
15,629
16.9
3.6
17,127
17.3
3.9
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
12,486
14.4
3.5
13,618
14.7
3.7
14,484
14.6
4.0
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
9,924
11.4
3.2
10,910
11.8
3.5
12.070
12.2
3.9
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Table 3.12c Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within Psychological Therapy Services Items, by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
76,808
77.9
5.7
115,363
76.1
8.4
141,792
74.9
10.3
Regiona - Other metro
7,278
7.4
4.3
11,835
7.8
6.9
15,777
8.3
9.2
Regiona - Rural centres
8,486
8.6
3.2
14,350
9.5
5.4
18,069
9.5
6.7
Regiona - Other rural
5,605
5.7
2.2
9,377
6.2
3.7
12,860
6.8
5.1
Regiona - Remote areas
435
0.4
0.8
662
0.4
1.2
916
0.5
1.6
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
38.208
39.2
7.0
55,542
37.1
10.0
67,343
36.0
12.1
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
21,137
21.7
4.6
32,795
21.9
7.1
41,567
22.2
8.9
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
18,793
19.3
4.4
28,644
19.1
6.6
35,733
19.1
8.2
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
10,857
11.1
3.1
18,355
12.3
5.1
23,903
12.8
6.6
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
8,579
8.8
2.8
14,283
9.5
4.7
18,346
9.8
6.0

Table 3.12d Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services within Focussed Psychological Strategies Items, by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
149,689
66.2
11.1
204,302
65.5
14.8
245,718
64.8
17.9
Regiona - Other metro
22,073
9.8
13.1
29,667
9.5
17.3
36,573
9.6
21.3
Regiona - Rural centres
30,835
13.6
11.7
44,377
14.2
16.6
54,942
14.5
20.6
Regiona - Other rural
22,196
9.8
8.8
31,795
10.2
12.5
39,655
10.5
15.6
Regiona - Remote areas
1,376
0.6
2.5
1,894
0.6
3.3
2,394
0.6
4.2
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
64,895
28.9
11.8
86,150
27.8
15.5
101,759
27.1
18.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
52,436
23.3
11.5
71.610
23.1
15.4
87,039
23.2
18.7
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
44,560
19.8
10.5
61,859
20.0
14.3
75,452
20.1
17.4
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
36,790
16.4
10.3
52,521
17.0
14.5
64,808
17.2
17.9
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
25,904
11.5
8.5
37,209
12.0
12.1
46,666
12.4
15.2

Notes for table 3.12

2007 and 2008 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2009; 2009 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2010. Region based on RRMA classification. SE Disadvantage, socio–economic disadvantage based on IRSD classification. Rates for region and socio–economic disadvantage are age–standardised.
a 1 case excluded due to missing RRMA in 2007, 9 cases in 2009;
b Approximately 1% of cases excluded due to missing IRSD.

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Table 3.13 Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Provider Type (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.13a Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by General Psychologists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
16,870
7.9
4.1
24,695
8.5
6.0
33,821
9.7
8.2
Age group - 15-24 years
29,853
14.0
10.1
40,892
14.1
13.6
50,365
14.5
16.8
Age group - 25-34 years
45,282
21.2
15.4
59,932
20.7
20.1
69,956
20.1
23.4
Age group - 35-44 years
50,597
23.6
16.4
68,214
23.5
21.9
79,768
22.9
25.6
Age group - 45-54 years
39,362
18.4
13.5
52,586
18.1
17.8
62,482
17.9
21.1
Age group - 55-64 years
22,539
10.5
9.7
30,617
10.6
12.7
36,422
10.5
15.1
Age group - 65+ years
9,460
4.4
3.4
12,849
4.4
4.5
15,603
4.5
5.5
Gender - Male
72,528
33.9
6.9
99,953
34.5
9.4
124,498
35.7
11.7
Gender - Female
141,435
66.1
13.5
189,832
65.5
17.8
223,919
64.3
21.0

Table 3.13b Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Occupational Therapists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
552
27.4
0.14
1,287
34.8
0.31
2,094
41.0
0.51
Age group - 15-24 years
228
11.3
0.08
465
12.6
0.15
556
10.9
0.19
Age group - 25-34 years
299
14.9
0.10
453
12.2
0.15
542
10.6
0.18
Age group - 35-44 years
367
18.2
0.12
582
15.7
0.19
737
14.4
0.24
Age group - 45-54 years
318
15.8
0.11
500
13.5
0.17
623
12.2
0.21
Age group - 55-64 years
158
7.9
0.07
278
7.5
0.12
364
7.1
0.15
Age group - 65+ years
89
4.4
0.03
136
3.7
0.05
187
3.7
0.07
Gender - Male
844
42.0
0.08
1,635
44.2
0.16
2,437
47.8
0.23
Gender - Female
1,167
58.0
0.11
2,066
55.8
0.19
2,666
52.2
0.25

Table 3.13c Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Social Workers (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Age group - 0-14 years
807
7.4
0.2
1,201
6.0
0.3
2,040
7.2
0.5
Age group - 15-24 years
1,444
13.2
05
2,747
13.6
0.9
3,944
13.9
1.3
Age group - 25-34 years
2,228
20.4
0.8
4,237
21.0
1.4
5,518
19.5
1.8
Age group - 35-44 years
2,791
25.6
0.9
5,126
25.4
1.7
7,144
25.3
2.3
Age group - 45-54 years
2,093
19.2
0.7
3,812
18.9
1.3
5,256
18.6
1.8
Age group - 55-64 years
1,063
9.7
0.5
2,093
10.4
0.9
3,024
10.7
1.3
Age group - 65+ years
492
4.5
0.2
941
4.7
0.3
1,350
4.8
0.5
Gender - Male
3,151
28.9
0.3
6,018
29.9
0.6
8,806
31.1
0.8
Gender - Female
7,767
71.1
0.7
14,139
70.1
1.3
19,470
68.9
1.8

Notes for table 3.13

2007 and 2008 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2009; 2009 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2010. Rates for gender are age–standardised; Rates for age group are crude. Rates for items provided by Occupational Therapists are given to 2 decimal places as many of the estimates in this group are small.

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Table 3.14 Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Provider Type (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.14a Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by General Psychologists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
142,074
66.4
10.5
190,092
65.6
13.8
226,362
65.0
16.5
Regiona - Other metro
21,321
10.0
12.6
28,114
9.7
16.4
34,289
9.8
20.0
Regiona - Rural centres
28,959
13.5
11.0
40,889
14.1
15.3
49,872
14.3
18.7
Regiona - Other rural
20,294
9.5
8.1
28,890
10.0
11.4
35,689
10.2
14.0
Regiona - Remote areas
1,315
0.6
2.4
1,800
0.6
3.2
2,203
0.6
3.9
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
61,184
28.8
11.1
79,915
27.8
14.3
93,188
27.0
16.7
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
49,883
23.5
10.9
66,999
23.3
14.4
80,727
23.4
17.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
42,046
19.8
9.9
57,251
19.9
13.2
69,447
20.1
16.0
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
34,756
16.4
9.7
48,676
16.9
13.4
58,931
17.1
16.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
24,607
11.6
8.1
34,460
12.0
11.2
42,897
12.4
13.9

Table 3.14b Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Occupational Therapists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
1,337
66.5
0.10
2,384
64.4
0.18
3,491
68.4
0.26
Regiona - Other metro
164
8.2
0.10
424
11.5
0.25
549
10.8
0.32
Regiona - Rural centres
259
12.9
0.10
549
14.8
0.21
594
11.6
0.22
Regiona - Other rural
236
11.7
0.10
319
8.6
0.13
438
8.6
0.17
Regiona - Remote areas
15
0.7
0.03
25
0.7
0.04
31
0.6
0.05
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
561
28.1
0.11
1,056
28.7
0.20
1,647
32.5
0.31
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
414
20.8
0.09
786
21.4
0.17
1,050
20.8
0.23
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
447
22.4
0.11
699
19.0
0.16
969
19.2
0.23
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
367
18.4
0.10
684
18.6
0.19
799
15.8
0.22
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
206
10.3
0.07
451
12.3
0.14
595
11.8
0.19
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Table 3.14c Persons receiving MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Social Workers (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by region and relative socio–economic disadvantage, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007
N persons
2007
% of persons
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
N persons
2008
% of persons
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
N persons
2009
% of persons
2009
Rate (per 1,000)
Regiona - Capital cities
6,739
61.7
0.5
12,902
64.0
0.9
17,514
61.9
1.3
Regiona - Other metro
651
6.0
0.4
1,238
6.1
0.7
1,913
6.8
1.1
Regiona - Rural centres
1,733
15.9
0.7
3,193
15.8
1.2
4,856
17.2
1.8
Regiona - Other rural
1,747
16.0
0.7
2,750
13.6
1.1
3,820
13.5
1.5
Regiona - Remote areas
48
0.4
0.1
74
0.4
0.1
173
0.6
0.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
3,385
31.3
0.6
5,675
28.4
1.0
7,667
27.4
1.4
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 4
2,297
21.2
0.5
4,155
20.8
0.9
5,798
20.7
1.2
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 3
2,209
20.4
0.5
4,224
21.2
1.0
5,498
19.7
1.3
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 2
1,781
16.4
0.5
3,458
17.3
1.0
5,525
19.8
1.5
SE Disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
1,157
10.7
0.4
2,457
12.3
0.8
3,470
12.4
1.1

Notes for table 3.13

2007 and 2008 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2009; 2009 figures have regard to all claims processed up to and including 30 April 2010. Region based on RRMA classification. SE Disadvantage, socio–economic disadvantage based on IRSD classification. Rates for region and socio–economic disadvantage are age–standardised. Rates for items provided by Occupational Therapists are given to 2 decimal places as many of the estimates in this group are small.
a 1 case excluded due to missing RRMA in 2007, 9 cases in 2009;
b Approximately 1% of cases excluded due to missing IRSD.