Table 3.15 shows the percentage change in the rates of persons using any Better Access item between 2007 and 2009, by age, gender, geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage. The table shows that growth in uptake was greater for some groups than for others.

Table 3.15 shows that:

  • The rate of growth in uptake was substantially higher for young people aged Age group - 0-14 years than for all other age groups. Growth in uptake for people aged Age group - 0-14 years (96.1%) was 60% higher than the average across all Better Access consumers (58.6%).

  • Growth in uptake increased as remoteness increased. Growth among people in remote areas was 20% higher than the average across all Better Access consumers.

  • Growth in uptake increased somewhat as level of socioeconomic disadvantage increased. Growth among people in areas of greatest disadvantage was 10% above the average across all Better Access consumers.
Rates of growth in uptake for the various item groups were also examined according to sociodemographic characteristics. Table 3.16 shows the percentage change between 2007 and 2009 for persons using the four main item groups, by age and gender. This shows that:
  • The rate of growth in uptake was substantially higher for young people aged Age group - 0-14 years than for all other age groups for GP Mental Health Treatment items, Psychological Therapy Services and Focussed Psychological Strategies items.
Table 3.17 shows the percentage change between 2007 and 2009 for persons using the four main item groups, by geographic region and level of socio–economic disadvantage. This shows that:
  • Patterns of growth by geographic region vary considerably between item groups. However the growth in uptake between 2007 and 2009 tended to be higher for people from non–capital city areas.

  • Growth in uptake for all item groups tended to increase as level of socioeconomic disadvantage increased.
Percentage change was also examined for the three provider types subsumed by the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group (table 3.18 and table 3.19). These show relatively higher growth in young people aged less than 15 years receiving services from General Psychologists and Occupational Therapists, compared to other age groups. Growth also tended to increase as level of socio–economic disadvantage increased, for services provided by General Psychologists and Social Workers.

Table 3.15 Percentage change in persons using any MBS–subsidised Better Access services by age, gender, geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
10.1
14.8
19.7
47.7
32.8
96.1
Age group - 15-24 years
35.9
47.3
57.3
31.7
21.2
59.5
Age group - 25-34 years
50.6
65.2
75.2
28.7
15.5
48.6
Age group - 35-44 years
52.3
68.5
80.0
30.9
16.8
52.9
Age group - 45-54 years
44.1
57.5
67.4
30.6
17.1
52.9
Age group - 55-64 years
33.2
43.6
51.8
31.2
18.9
56.0
Age group - 65+ years
17.3
23.0
27.9
33.3
21.3
61.6
Gender - Male
24.8
32.7
39.4
31.7
20.6
58.9
Gender - Female
42.7
56.3
66.2
31.6
17.7
54.9
Regiona - Capital cities
35.2
45.8
53.7
30.2
17.3
52.7
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
36.7
48.3
59.0
31.6
22.1
60.7
Regiona - Rural centres
35.0
47.5
57.6
35.6
21.4
64.6
Regiona - Other rural areas
28.5
38.9
47.3
36.4
21.5
65.8
Regiona - Remote areas
12.7
16.6
21.5
30.6
29.5
69.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
36.1
46.1
53.4
27.7
15.8
47.9
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
33.6
44.1
52.7
31.0
19.7
56.8
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
33.4
44.1
52.4
31.9
18.7
56.6
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
33.2
44.6
53.6
34.2
20.1
61.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
29.4
40.0
48.5
36.0
21.2
64.8
All Better Access items
33.8
44.5
52.8
33.6
18.7
58.6
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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 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 3.16 Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.16a Percentage change in persons using GP Mental Health Treatment Items by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
7.7
11.3
15.0
47.0
33.5
96.3
Age group - 15-24 years
31.4
41.3
50.2
31.3
21.6
59.8
Age group - 25-34 years
45.3
57.2
66.1
26.4
15.5
46.0
Age group - 35-44 years
46.4
59.5
69.5
28.3
16.7
49.7
Age group - 45-54 years
38.6
49.6
58.1
28.4
17.1
50.4
Age group - 55-64 years
28.6
37.3
44.4
30.3
19.0
55.0
Age group - 65+ years
14.2
19.2
23.5
35.2
22.3
65.3
Gender - Male
20.8
27.3
33.1
31.1
21.0
58.6
Gender - Female
38.0
49.1
57.8
29.3
17.6
52.0

Table 3.16b Percentage change in persons using Consultant Psychiatry Items by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
1.0
1.1
1.1
4.9
5.6
10.8
Age group - 15-24 years
5.0
5.2
5.8
4.2
11.5
16.1
Age group - 25-34 years
5.9
6.2
6.6
5.2
6.6
12.2
Age group - 35-44 years
5.9
6.2
6.6
5.6
5.8
11.7
Age group - 45-54 years
5.3
5.5
5.7
4.0
4.0
8.2
Age group - 55-64 years
4.3
4.4
4.8
3.0
7.2
10.5
Age group - 65+ years
2.9
3.1
3.4
6.6
9.7
16.9
Gender - Male
3.8
4.0
4.3
5.0
8.0
13.4
Gender - Female
4.5
4.7
5.0
4.6
6.3
11.3
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Table 3.16c Percentage change in persons using Psychological Therapy Services Items by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
2.2
3.7
5.0
65.3
34.0
121.4
Age group - 15-24 years
5.0
7.4
9.4
49.3
26.1
88.4
Age group - 25-34 years
7.1
10.7
13.0
50.3
21.1
82.1
Age group - 35-44 years
7.4
11.1
13.7
48.9
23.7
84.2
Age group - 45-54 years
5.9
8.9
10.9
49.8
22.6
83.6
Age group - 55-64 years
4.2
6.3
8.0
51.3
26.2
90.9
Age group - 65+ years
1.4
2.1
2.8
52.1
32.1
100.8
Gender - Male
3.3
5.1
6.5
54.7
27.3
97.0
Gender - Female
6.1
9.1
11.3
49.5
23.5
84.7

Table 3.16d Percentage change in persons using Focussed Psychological Strategies Items by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
4.4
6.5
9.1
47.3
39.1
104.9
Age group - 15-24 years
10.6
14.6
18.2
37.4
24.3
70.7
Age group - 25-34 years
16.3
21.5
25.3
32.5
17.6
55.8
Age group - 35-44 years
17.3
23.6
27.9
36.2
18.3
61.2
Age group - 45-54 years
14.3
19.1
23.0
33.8
20.0
60.5
Age group - 55-64 years
10.2
13.6
16.4
34.2
20.5
61.7
Age group - 65+ years
3.6
4.9
6.0
35.6
22.8
66.5
Gender - Male
7.3
10.1
12.7
38.2
25.9
74.1
Gender - Female
14.3
19.2
22.9
34.6
19.3
60.5

Notes for table 3.16

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.

Table 3.17 Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.17a Percentage change in persons using GP Mental Health Treatment Items by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
30.1
38.9
45.6
28.9
17.3
51.1
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
32.1
41.9
51.2
30.4
22.3
59.5
Regiona - Rural centres
31.8
42.0
50.9
32.0
21.0
59.7
Regiona - Other rural areas
25.8
34.5
41.9
33.5
21.6
62.4
Regiona - Remote areas
11.5
15.0
19.5
30.4
30.3
69.9
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
30.3
38.2
44.3
26.0
15.9
46.1
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
29.1
37.8
45.3
29.7
20.0
55.6
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
29.8
38.6
45.8
29.7
18.5
53.8
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
29.8
39.3
47.2
32.0
20.2
58.7
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
26.1
35.1
42.4
34.3
20.7
62.1

Table 3.17b Percentage change in persons using Consultant Psychiatry Items by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
4.8
5.0
5.3
4.2
5.6
10.0
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
4.3
4.4
4.9
2.8
11.1
14.2
Regiona - Rural centres
3.0
3.2
3.7
8.0
13.0
22.0
Regiona - Other rural areas
2.7
3.0
3.2
10.8
8.4
20.1
Regiona - Remote areas
1.2
1.3
1.4
2.4
9.4
12.1
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
5.5
5.6
5.9
2.9
5.3
8.4
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
4.3
4.4
4.7
3.0
6.1
9.3
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
3.4
3.6
3.9
4.7
9.5
14.7
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
3.5
3.7
4.0
7.2
6.5
14.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
3.2
3.5
3.9
9.0
10.5
20.4

Table 3.17c Percentage change in persons using Psychological Therapy Services Items by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
5.7
8.4
10.3
47.7
23.0
81.8
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
4.3
6.9
9.2
59.5
33.4
112.8
Regiona - Rural centres
3.2
5.4
6.7
66.7
25.5
109.3
Regiona - Other rural areas
2.2
3.7
5.1
64.9
36.9
125.8
Regiona - Remote areas
0.8
1.2
1.6
51.3
38.5
109.5
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
7.0
10.0
12.1
43.2
21.5
73.9
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
4.6
7.1
8.9
52.4
26.8
93.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
4.4
6.6
8.2
49.6
24.7
86.5
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
3.1
5.1
6.6
66.5
30.1
116.6
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
2.8
4.7
6.0
64.6
28.3
111.3

Table 3.17d Percentage change in persons using Focussed Psychological Strategies Items by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
1.1
14.8
17.9
34.3
20.4
61.7
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
13.1
17.3
21.3
32.1
23.3
62.9
Regiona - Rural centres
11.7
16.6
20.6
41.7
23.7
75.4
Regiona - Other rural areas
8.8
12.5
15.6
41.5
24.5
76.2
Regiona - Remote areas
2.5
3.3
4.2
34.7
26.1
69.9
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
11.8
15.5
18.3
30.8
18.3
54.7
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
11.5
15.4
18.7
34.1
21.6
63.1
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
10.5
14.3
17.4
36.2
22.0
66.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
10.3
14.5
17.9
40.8
23.3
73.5
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
8.5
12.1
15.2
42.1
25.3
78.0

Notes for table 3.17

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 2007, 1 case excluded due to missing data on RRMA;
b Approximately 1% of cases excluded due to missing IRSD quintile data.

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Table 3.18 Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Provider Type (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.18a Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by General Psychologists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
4.1
6.0
8.2
44.9
37.0
98.4
Age group - 15-24 years
10.1
13.6
16.8
34.9
23.2
66.1
Age group - 25-34 years
15.4
20.1
23.4
29.9
16.7
51.7
Age group - 35-44 years
16.4
21.9
25.6
33.9
16.9
56.5
Age group - 45-54 years
13.5
17.8
21.1
31.4
18.8
56.1
Age group - 55-64 years
9.7
12.7
15.1
31.4
19.0
56.4
Age group - 65+ years
3.4
4.5
5.5
32.6
21.4
61.0
Gender - Male
6.9
9.4
11.7
35.6
24.6
68.9
Gender - Female
13.5
17.8
21.0
32.2
18.0
55.9

Table 3.18b Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Occupational Therapists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
0.14
0.31
0.51
121.4
63.7
262.5
Age group - 15-24 years
0.08
0.15
0.19
87.5
23.5
131.5
Age group - 25-34 years
0.10
0.15
0.18
50.0
21.0
81.5
Age group - 35-44 years
0.12
0.19
0.24
58.3
24.6
97.2
Age group - 45-54 years
0.11
0.17
0.21
54.5
23.8
91.4
Age group - 55-64 years
0.07
0.12
0.15
71.4
25.7
115.6
Age group - 65+ years
0.03
0.05
0.07
66.7
32.1
120.1
Gender - Male
0.08
0.16
0.23
96.3
45.8
186.2
Gender - Female
0.11
0.19
0.25
70.6
32.3
125.7

Table 3.18c Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Social Workers (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by age and gender for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Age group - 0-14 years
0.2
0.3
0.5
46.7
70.5
150.2
Age group - 15-24 years
0.5
0.9
1.3
88.3
42.8
169.0
Age group - 25-34 years
0.8
1.4
1.8
86.8
30.1
143.1
Age group - 35-44 years
0.9
1.7
2.3
82.8
39.0
154.1
Age group - 45-54 years
0.7
1.3
1.8
79.4
37.7
147.0
Age group - 55-64 years
0.5
0.9
1.3
91.0
44.1
175.3
Age group - 65+ years
0.2
0.3
0.5
85.4
44.5
167.8
Gender - Male
0.3
0.6
0.8
89.0
45.2
174.5
Gender - Female
0.7
1.3
1.8
79.6
37.1
146.2

Notes for table 3.18

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 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 3.19 Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Provider Type (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

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Table 3.19a Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by General Psychologists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
10.5
13.8
16.5
31.6
19.2
56.9
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
12.6
16.4
20.0
29.6
22.0
58.1
Regiona - Rural centres
11.0
15.3
18.7
39.0
21.9
69.5
Regiona - Other rural areas
8.1
11.4
14.0
40.7
23.4
73.5
Regiona - Remote areas
2.4
3.2
3.9
34.2
22.0
63.6
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
11.1
14.3
16.7
28.7
16.8
50.3
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
10.9
14.4
17.3
31.9
20.6
59.0
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
9.9
13.2
16.0
33.7
21.3
62.1
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
9.7
13.4
16.3
38.1
21.0
67.1
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
8.1
11.2
13.9
38.5
24.4
72.2

Table 3.19b Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Occupational Therapists (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
0.10
0.18
0.26
78.0
46.5
160.8
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
0.10
0.25
0.32
154.2
27.2
223.3
Regiona - Rural centres
0.10
0.21
0.22
112.6
5.7
124.7
Regiona - Other rural areas
0.10
0.13
0.17
36.4
30.7
78.3
Regiona - Remote areas
0.03
0.04
0.05
49.5
35.4
102.4
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
0.11
0.20
0.31
88.7
56.7
195.7
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
0.09
0.17
0.23
84.1
35.5
149.6
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
0.11
0.16
0.23
52.0
41.3
114.8
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
0.10
0.19
0.22
85.7
15.9
115.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
0.07
0.14
0.19
108.9
35.4
182.9

Table 3.19c Percentage change in persons using MBS–subsidised Better Access services by Social Workers (within the Focussed Psychological Strategies item group), by geographical region and socio–economic disadvantage, for 2007, 2008 and 2009

Rate (per 1,000)
2007
Rate (per 1,000)
2008
Rate (per 1,000)
2009
Percentage change
2007-2008
Percentage change
2008-2009
Percentage change
2007-2009
Regiona - Capital cities
0.5
0.9
1.3
86.8
36.6
155.3
Regiona - Other metropolitan centres
0.4
0.7
1.1
86.1
54.3
187.0
Regiona - Rural centres
0.7
1.2
1.8
81.9
51.4
175.3
Regiona - Other rural areas
0.7
1.1
1.5
55.7
38.7
116.0
Regiona - Remote areas
0.1
0.1
0.3
49.3
137.7
254.9
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 5 (Least)
0.6
1.0
1.4
64.2
35.5
122.5
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 4
0.5
0.9
1.2
77.0
40.0
147.7
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 3
0.5
1.0
1.3
86.9
30.6
144.1
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 2
0.5
1.0
1.5
91.4
58.4
203.2
SE disadvantageb - Quintile 1 (Most)
0.4
0.8
1.1
110.7
41.0
197.0

Notes for table 3.19

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, socioeconomic 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 2007, 1 case excluded due to missing data on RRMA;
b Approximately 1% of cases excluded due to missing IRSD quintile data.