Mental health: Poor and remote areas don't have equal access to services, Monash University study finds

The largest ever study into mental health services in Australia has found government programs are failing to give people in poor and remote areas equal access to help.

The Monash University study looked at Medicare data relating to 25 million mental health items billed between 2007 and 2011.

It found people who lived in disadvantaged parts of metropolitan areas, rural and remote areas accessed the least number of services despite needing them the most.

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