Mental health services in Australia-Emergency department 2016-17 [AIHW Web update]

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new web update:

Mental health services in Australia-Emergency department 2016-17: 

  • 276,954 presentations to Australian EDs in 2016-17 were mental health-related, which was 3.6% of all presentations.
  • 79.2% of these mental health-related ED presentations were classified with a triage status of either Semi-urgent (patient should be seen within 60 minutes) or Urgent (seen within 30 minutes).
  • 68.0% of mental health-related ED presentations were seen on time (based on triage status) compared with 73.0% of all ED presentations
  • More than half (53.5%) of mental health-related ED presentations had a principal diagnosis of either Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders or Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use.

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