Q1. What is your age?

Q2. What is your gender?

Q3. Postcode of residence?

Q4. In the last 12 months have you consulted a GP, private psychiatrist, private paediatrician or private allied health provider about a mental health problem you were experiencing?

Q4a. Did you consult a GP for this mental health problem?

Q4ai. Did your GP prepare a mental health care plan?

Q4aii. What care did you receive from your GP in relation to your mental health problem?

Q4b. Did you consult a psychiatrist about this mental health problem?

Q4bi. What care did you receive from your psychiatrist in relation to your mental health problem?

Q4c. Did you consult an allied health provider about this mental health problem?

Q4ci. How many times did you see the allied health provider?

Q4cii. Did you receive a Medicare rebate for any of these services from the allied health provider?

Q4ciii. Are you still seeing your allied health provider?

Q4civ. How often are you seeing your allied health provider?

Q4cv. Do you feel that you had enough sessions with your allied health provider?
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Q1. What is your age?

Forty two per cent of consumers were aged from 25 to 44 years, 42 per cent were aged from 45 to 64 and 10 per cent were aged from 16 to 24 years.

Table Q1 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

Number of respondents, by age group:
  • Less than 16 years - 1
  • 16 to 24 years - 13
  • 25 to 44 years - 53
  • 45 to 64 years - 52
  • 65 years and older - 3
  • Did not respond - 3
  • Total - 125

Q2. What is your gender?

Seventy per cent of respondents were female.

Table Q2 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

Number of respondents, by gender:
  • Male - 35
  • Female - 88
  • Did not respond - 2
  • Total - 125

Q3. Postcode of residence?

Approximately 30 per cent of respondents were from New South Wales, 28 per cent were from Victoria, 17 per cent were from Queensland, 13 per cent were from South Australia and six per cent were from Western Australia. The Territories and Tasmania combined made up the remaining six per cent of respondents.

Table Q3 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

Number of respondents by State/Territory:
  • New South Wales - 37
  • Victoria - 35
  • Queensland - 21
  • South Australia - 16
  • Western Australia - 7
  • Australian Capital Territory - 3
  • Tasmania - 3
  • Northern Territory - 1
  • Did not respond - 2
  • Total - 125
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Q4. In the last 12 months have you consulted a GP, private psychiatrist, private paediatrician or private allied health provider (psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker) about a mental health problem you were experiencing?

Nearly all (94 per cent) of respondents had consulted a GP, private psychiatrist, private paediatrician or private allied health provider (psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker in the last year.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes
118
94%
No
4
3%
Did not respond
3
2%
Total
125

Q4a. Did you consult a GP for this mental health problem?

Of the 118 respondents who reported that they consulted a GP, private psychiatrist, private paediatrician or private allied health provider in the last 12 months, nearly half (49 per cent) reported that they had consulted a GP for their mental health problem. Fourteen per cent reported that they did not consult a GP and 37 per cent did not respond.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes
58
49%
No
16
14%
Did not respond
44
37%
Total having consulted a provider in last 12 months
118
100%

Q4ai. Did your GP prepare a mental health care plan?

Of the 58 respondents who had consulted a GP, almost 60 per cent reported that their GP had prepared a mental health care plan and 38 per cent reported that the GP did not prepare a care plan.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes
34
59%
No
22
38%
Don't know
2
3%
Total
58
100%

Q4aii. What care did you receive from your GP in relation to your mental health problem?

Sixty six per cent of respondents having seen a GP in the last 12 months reported receiving medication and approximately one-third received a referral to an AHP or psychiatrist.
RespondentsPer cent
Medication
38
66%
Referral to a psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist
20
34%
Referral to a psychiatrist
17
29%
Psychological therapy
7
12%
Other
9
16%
Total
58

* Respondents may receive multiple types of care

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Q4b. Did you consult a psychiatrist about this mental health problem?

Of the 118 respondents who reported that they consulted a GP, private psychiatrist, private paediatrician or private allied health provider in the last 12 months, 42 per cent reported that they had seen a psychiatrist, and 23 per cent reported that they did not consult a psychiatrist.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes
49
42%
No
27
23%
Did not respond
42
36%
Total
118
100%

Q4bi. What care did you receive from your psychiatrist in relation to your mental health problem?

The proportion of respondents receiving medication from psychiatrists was similar to the number that reported receiving medication from their GP. A greater number of respondents reported receiving psychological therapy from a psychiatrist than did respondents reporting care from their GP.
RespondentsPer cent
Medication
40
82%
Referral to a psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist
9
18%
Referral to a different psychiatrist
0
0%
Psychological therapy
30
61%
Other
10
20%
Total
49

* Respondents may receive multiple types of care

Q4c. Did you consult an allied health provider (psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist) about this mental health problem?

Forty one per cent of respondents reported having consulted with an allied health provider in the last 12 months, and 30 per cent indicated that they did not consult with an allied health provider. Thirty per cent of respondents did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes*
48
38%
No
36
29%
Did not respond
41
33%
Grand total
125
100%

* Includes one respondent who did not report having consulted with a GP, private psychiatrist, private paediatrician or private allied health provider in the last 12 months

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Q4ci. How many times did you see the allied health provider (psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist)?

Of the respondents having consulted with a private allied health provider, 69 per cent reported seeing the allied health provider seven or more times.
RespondentsPer cent
One to six sessions
14
29%
More than 12 sessions
18
38%
Seven to twelve sessions
15
31%
(blank)
1
2%
Grand total
48
100%

Q4cii. Did you receive a Medicare rebate for any of these services from the allied health provider (psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist)?

Sixty five per cent of respondents seeing a private allied health provider reported receiving a Medicare rebate. Almost one-third did not receive a Medicare rebate.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes
31
65%
No
15
31%
Did not respond
2
4%
Total
48
100%

Q4ciii. Are you still seeing your allied health provider (psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist)?

Fifty eight per cent of those respondents reporting having seen a private allied health provider are still seeing their allied health provider, 40 per cent are not.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes
28
58%
No
19
40%
Did not respond
1
2%
Total
48
100%
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Q4civ. How often are you seeing your allied health provider (psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist)?

Of the 28 respondents currently seeing a private allied health provider, 63 per cent reported seeing the allied health provider monthly or occasionally, when needed.
RespondentsPer cent
Weekly
5
18%
Fortnightly
6
21%
Monthly
15
54%
Occasionally, when needed
2
7%
Total
28
100%

Q4cv. Do you feel that you had enough sessions with your allied health provider (psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist)?

Of the 19 respondents who were no longer seeing a private allied health provider, half did not feel that they had had enough sessions.
RespondentsPer cent
Yes, about right
8
42%
No, not as many as needed
10
53%
Did not respond
1
5%
Total
19
100%