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Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

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6205 1065

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Psychiatric Hospitalisation

Indicator  description

The rate of hospitalisation of ACT young people for mental and behavioural disorders.

What do we  measure?

The rate per 1,000 people aged 14 years or younger, who are residents of the ACT and who are admitted to hospital with a mental or behavioural disorder (as per the International Classification of Diseases, Australian Modification-ICD10-AM).

Why is this important?

Early intervention and support in the community is essential for the best possible management of mental health and behavioural disorders, and the best possible health and social outcomes. This is particularly important for young people. Positive interventions within the community reduce the likelihood of hospitalisation of children for psychiatric conditions.

Policy Context

Supporting Young People Through Early Intervention and Prevention Strategies (STEPS)

STEPS is a 24 hour residential facility which is delivered in partnership with CatholicCare. The program supports young people aged 13-17 years experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues as an alternative to a hospital admission. Referrals to this specialist program are facilitated through a person's allocated Clinical Manager within their treating mental health team.

Youth Step up Step Down (YSUSD) Program

The Youth Step up Step down (YSUSD) program provides a residential psychosocial support program for young people aged 18-25 years with a mental illness. This program aims to prevent relapse and assist in a young person's recovery from an acute episode of illness. Young people 'step up' from the community into a highly supportive environment to prevent further illness and 'step down' from the hospital setting to provide a more graduated return to their home. YSUSD is managed in partnership with Wellways. Referrals to this program are made on behalf of people currently registered with mental health services in the ACT by their mental health clinical manager.

Childhood Early Intervention Team

The Childhood Early Intervention Team operates in partnership with ACT Education Directorate. This program focuses on the early identification and treatment of primary school children who are at high risk of developing a mental illness and provides group work interventions.

How is the ACT progressing?

Table 13: ACT Public Hospitals, hospitalisation rate per 1,000 population for mental health and behavioural disorders (persons aged 14 years or less), 2009-17










14 years or less









Source: ABS for resident ACT population for people aged 14 years and younger by year, ACT Health admitted patient care data set.

Note The small number of people aged 14 years or younger hospitalised for mental health or behavioural disorders can result in fluctuations between years.

Less than one in a thousand ACT children aged 14 years or younger are hopsitalised for mental health or behavioural disorder since 2009.