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Table 1 Prevalence by Country of Birth and Year of Arrival, 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

From: Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: developing a culture of inclusion

  Country of birth Year of arrival to Australia
  Born in Australia Total born Overseas Arrived before 1986 Arrived 1986-1995 Arrived 1996-2007
% of sample^ % of sample^ % of sample^ % of sample^ % of sample^
Anxiety disorders 15.4% 11.6% 13.4% 11.3% 8.7%
Affective disorders 6.6% 5.1% 5.4% 4.4% 5%
Substance use disorders 6% 2.8% *1.6% *5.7% *3.0%
Any 12 month mental disorder 21.8% 15.1% 15.8% 17.5% 12.5%
No 12-month mental disorder 78.2% 84.9% 84.2% 82.5% 87.5%
  1. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008 [5].
  2. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.
  3. ^ Sample includes only persons aged 16–85 years.