Report - Mental health in rural and remote communities

Report - Mental health in rural and remote communities

6 June 2017

This report provides a snapshot of Australians who received emergency mental health care from the Royal Flying Doctor Service between 2013 and 2016.

This report outlines the number of rural and remote Australians flown by air for emergency mental health care between July 2013 and June 2016.

Analysis of 2,567 patient records revealed that:

  • on average remote Australians die from suicide at twice the rate of city people, yet are only able to access mental health services at a fifth of the rate of city people.
  • Indigenous Australians of all age groups are between 3.5 times and 40.6 times as likely as non-Indigenous Australians to be treated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for a mental disorder.
  • there is no difference in common mental health risk factors between the city and rural or remote locations. Rural and remote residents are at greater risk of experiencing poorer mental health because of insufficient early intervention and prevention services.

Download the report via the RFDS website.

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