Over $8 billion was spent across Australia on mental health services in 2013-2014, according to Mental Health Services in Australia, a recent report released by the Australian Institute of Health Welfare (“AIHW”).

This figure represents a 4.7% rise in funding from the Australian Government from 2009-2014 and a 2.6% rise in funding from State and Territory Governments. In relation to the $4.9 billion spent on State and Territory specialised mental health services in 2013-2014, the largest expenditure was on public hospitals ($2.1 billion), closely followed by community mental health care services ($1.9 billion). The figures contained in the report reflect a growing demand for mental health services.

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