National mental health report 2013

Comparative service levels in 24 hour staffed residential community services and in inpatient services

Page last updated: 2013

It is important to consider inpatient and community residential services data in tandem in order to gain a fuller understanding of how Australia has progressed in terms of levels of service availability. Table 5 provides a detailed view of the inpatient and residential service mix available for specific target populations in each jurisdiction in 2010‑11. When inpatient and community residential beds are combined, the average number of beds is 40 per 100,000. Two jurisdictions provide well above this per capita average – Tasmania at 58 per 100,000 and Victoria at 49 per 100,000. These states are among the lower providing states when public sector inpatient beds are considered in isolation, but their relatively high provision of beds in community residential settings – particularly those with 24 hour staffing – increases their overall per capita provision to above the other jurisdictions.

Another way of thinking about this is the relative proportions of all psychiatric beds that are located in the different settings. Nationally, 75% of all public sector beds are available in inpatient units, and 17% and 8% in 24 hour staffed and non‑24 hour staffed community residential units, respectively. There is considerable variation across jurisdictions, however, with Queensland and New South Wales being particularly heavily reliant on their inpatient units, and Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria providing less than 50% of their beds in these settings.

Table 5: Inpatient and community residential beds per 100,000 population, 2010-11

Table 5 is presented as 5 tables in this html version. It is a single table in the PDF version.

General adult

NSWVicQldWASATasACTNTNat avg
Acute inpatient
28.9
20.6
21.6
24.5
24.5
25.9
20.3
21.3
24.3
Non-acute inpatient
13.3
3.0
17.4
8.9
5.9
8.6
0.0
0.0
10.0
24 hour staffed residential
2.3
13.7
0.0
4.9
7.7
19.5
14.2
9.6
6.0
Non-24 hour staffed residential
0.5
9.7
0.0
14.0
1.8
24.6
15.4
0.0
5.0
Total general adult
45.0
46.9
39.0
52.2
39.9
78.7
49.9
31.0
45.3

Child and adolescent

NSWVicQldWASATasACTNTNat avg
Acute inpatient
4.5
5.4
4.9
3.7
3.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
4.4
Non-acute inpatient
1.9
0.0
1.4
1.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.0
24 hour staffed residential
0.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
6.3
0.0
0.3
Non-24 hour staffed residential
0.6
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
Total child and adolescent
7.5
5.4
6.3
4.8
3.4
0.0
6.3
0.0
5.9
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Older persons

NSWVicQldWASATasACTNTNat avg
Acute inpatient
17.6
28.1
9.0
40.7
26.8
0.0
39.6
0.0
21.3
Non-acute inpatient
18.6
0.0
25.2
7.1
26.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
13.9
24 hour staffed residential
1.8
81.9
0.0
0.0
0.0
39.6
13.2
0.0
22.5
Non-24 hour staffed residential
1.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
Total older persons
39.2
110.0
34.2
47.8
53.2
39.6
52.8
0.0
58.1

Forensic

NSWVicQldWASATasACTNTNat avg
Acute inpatient
2.5
2.2
0.0
1.7
0.6
4.9
0.0
0.0
1.7
Non-acute inpatient
2.3
1.3
1.8
0.4
2.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.6
Total forensic
4.8
3.5
1.8
2.1
3.0
4.9
0.0
0.0
3.4
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All beds

NSWVicQldWASATasACTNTNat avg
All inpatient
36.4
22.6
31.2
30.2
30.2
25.0
18.0
14.5
30.1
All 24 hour staffed residential
1.8
19.8
0.0
3.2
4.8
18.3
12.4
6.5
6.9
All non-24 hour staffed residential
0.6
6.1
0.0
9.1
1.1
15.1
10.5
0.0
3.2
Total
38.8
48.5
31.2
42.4
36.1
58.3
40.9
21.0
40.2