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Table 3 Service 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 %
Episode-level characteristics (n = 12,160) (n = 115,879)
Referrer profession
 General practitioner 10,359 85.2 49,642 42.8
 Psychiatrist 21 0.2 157 0.1
 Obstetrician 0 0.0 2 0.0
 Pediatrician 424 3.5 94 0.1
 Other medical specialist 8 0.1 19 0.0
 Midwife 2 0.0 14 0.0
 Maternal health nurse 4 0.0 36 0.0
 Psychologist 151 1.2 123 0.1
 Mental health nurse 10 0.1 89 0.1
 Social worker 38 0.3 102 0.1
 Occupational therapist 0 0.0 10 0.0
 Aboriginal health worker 1 0.0 19 0.0
 Educational professional 93 0.8 50 0.0
 Early childhood service worker 60 0.5 4 0.0
 Other 62 0.5 9682 8.4
 N/A-self referral 98 0.8 52,750 45.5
 Unknown 829 6.8 30,86 2.7
Completion status
 Open (not completed) 2367 19.5 5387 4.6
 Treatment concluded 799 6.6 65,288 56.3
 Treatment closed for other reasons1 1075 8.8 2156 1.9
 Unknown 7919 65.1 43,048 37.1
Attended sessions
 1 1809 14.9 34604 29.9
 2 1550 12.7 17,075 14.7
 3 1486 12.2 12,013 10.4
 4 1363 11.2 9660 8.3
 5 1346 11.1 7988 6.9
 6 or more 4606 37.9 34,539 29.8
Session characteristics (n = 55,372) (n = 348,173)
Session modality
 Face to face 53,550 96.7 331,588 95.2
 Telephone 1048 1.9 15,145 4.3
 Video 592 1.1 287 0.1
 Internet-based 182 0.3 1153 0.3
Session participants
 Individual consumer 36,971 66.8 326,204 93.7
 Consumer group 1697 3.1 14,892 4.3
 Family/ support network 16,333 29.5 3877 1.1
 Other health professional or service provider 88 0.2 1292 0.4
 Other 17 0.0 103 0
 Unknown 266 0.5 1805 0.5
Session duration
 1–15 min 475 0.9 10,626 3.1
 16–30 min 1036 1.9 27,161 7.8
 31–45 min 1859 3.4 2814 0.8
 46–60 min 46,879 84.7 220,477 63.3
 61–120 min 5049 9.0 81,880 24.0
 > 120 mins 74 0.1 5132 1.5
 Unknown 0 0.0 83 0.0
  1. 1Other reasons included: consumer couldn’t be contacted, declined further contact, moved out of the area, was referred elsewhere, or an unknown reason