Mapping Mental Health Care
NEW NATIONAL RESEARCH SHOWS ALARMING DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Stark disparities in access to mental health care services across Australia have been uncovered in groundbreaking new data modelling research from Mental Health Australia and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. Findings from the Mapping Mental Health Care research project, released on 10 October for World Mental Health Day, reveal that many communities with higher mental health care needs are disproportionately underserved, putting a spotlight on the urgent need for systemic mental health reform to ensure equitable access to care for all Australians. The Mapping Mental Health Care research highlights demographics of major concern include people living regionally and remotely, younger people, people on low incomes, people who are unemployed, and people in single-parent households.