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Table 2 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of children and youth receiving mental health services

From: Implementing child and youth mental health services: early lessons from the Australian Primary Health Network Lead Site Project

  Children (0–11 years) Youth (12–25 years)
Frequency % Frequency %
Consumer characteristics (n = 11,627) (n = 108,743)
Gender
 Female 4874 41.9 62,572 57.5
 Male 6696 57.6 39,658 36.5
 Other 6 0.1 1321 1.2
 Unknown 51 0.4 5192 4.8
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
 Yes 1172 10.1 9618 8.8
 No 7384 63.5 87,178 80.2
 Unknown 3071 26.4 11,947 11.0
Remoteness area
 Major cities of Australia 6585 56.6 65,374 60.1
 Inner regional Australia 2933 25.2 28,425 26.1
 Outer regional Australia 1748 15.0 12,559 11.5
 Remote Australia 217 1.9 17,36 1.6
 Very remote Australia 94 0.8 503 0.5
 Unknown 50 0.4 146 0.1
Social disadvantage1
 High 3103 26.7 22,475 20.7
 High to moderate 3007 25.9 23,804 21.9
 Moderate 2486 21.4 24,973 23.0
 Moderate to low 1823 15.7 18,472 17.0
 Low 1158 10.0 18,851 17.3
 Unknown 50 0.4 168 0.2
Diagnosis
 Anxiety disorders 1527 13.1 19,510 17.9
 Affective disorders 197 1.7 17,661 16.2
 Substance use disorders 3 0.0 762 0.7
 Psychotic disorders 8 0.1 429 0.4
 Disorders of childhood and adolescence 721 6.2 2343 2.2
 Other mental disorders 270 2.3 3005 2.8
 Subsyndromal problems/no formal diagnosis 5649 48.6 36,048 33.1
 Unknown 3252 28.0 28,985 26.7
  1. 1Based on the index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD)