Skip to content
Mental Health

Status UNKNOWN – Australians with schizophrenia left out of health data collection

World Schizophrenia Awareness Day 2 mins read

MEDIA RELEASE

24 May 2023

The number of Australians living with schizophrenia is unknown because there is currently no data on who they are or where they live, denying many access to support and care.

On World Schizophrenia Awareness Day, SANE the national organisation representing Australians living with complex or severe mental ill health is calling on the federal government to recognise those living with schizophrenia to ensure they receive the mental health care they need and deserve.

In 2022, the ABS released results from a National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. However the survey that will form the blueprint for review and reform of the mental health system excluded low prevalence but high impact conditions such as schizophrenia.

20 million people worldwide are living with schizophrenia, SANE CEO Rachel Green says whilst the overall number is low in comparison to depression and anxiety, the impact on the health system huge.

"We have a big problem. What gets measured gets done, and at the moment we don’t know how many Australians are impacted by schizophrenia and where they live.”

“This information is critical to ensure access to the early intervention services shown clearly to reduce the lifelong impact of schizophrenia and improve quality of life."

Almost half of all those using SANE national helplines and support services are relying entirely on their GP for mental health care. Access to critical social support that assists with housing and employment is even more limited. 

SANE supports solutions that give those living with complex and severe mental ill health their best chance to live a productive and meaningful life.

 

--ENDS--

 


Key Facts:

 

·        Please ensure you adhere to Mindframe guidelines when covering this story.

·        SANE accredited phone and online services can be accessed here.

 


About us:

  About SANE

SANE is the leading national mental health organisation for people with persistent, recurring or complex mental health issues and trauma. It proves a range of free digital and telehealth services to support them and their families. Led by the voices of its community, SANE drives change to improve the lives of those living with complex mental health and end stigma and discrimination. Find out more at www.sane.org

 


Contact details:

For interviews or more information, please contact media@sane.org or 0439 708 381.

or Kellie Curtain 0412339690

More from this category

  • Government VIC, Mental Health
  • 05/12/2023
  • 08:19
VMIAC

Coalition of community peaks and mental health organisations call on Victorian Government to implement key Royal Commission Recommendation

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is leading a group of fifteen community sector peaks and mental health organisations calling on the Victorian Government to commit to a timeline and plan to establish a Consumer Leadership Agency as outlined in Recommendation 29 of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Royal Commission recommended that a Consumer Leadership Agency be established to ensure that the voices and expertise of Victorians with lived experience of mental illness are at the heart of the new system. It was designated as a short-term priority that would underpin other reforms. The Victorian…

  • Employment Relations, Mental Health
  • 04/12/2023
  • 06:31
RMIT University

5 ways to avoid burnout before the break

Feel like you have a marathon to run before the end of year, when you barely have energy to run 100 metres? Management experts say burnout can be easily avoided if you take charge of your own wellbeing. Asanka Gunasekara, Lecturer, Human Resource Management/People Analytics Melissa Wheeler, Senior Lecturer, Business Administration Topics: burnout, work-life integration, wellbeing We often feel exhausted towards the end of year as we are working tirelessly at work while social commitments and Christmas tasks expand. Burnout is the feeling of exhaustion, disengagement, ineffectiveness, cynicism, and a sense of moving with no motivation or meaning. It has negative…

  • Government Federal, Mental Health
  • 28/11/2023
  • 04:00
Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation

Prevent a Suicide: What To Say

Turn Your Mobile Phone Into a Life Saver Send medically-approved texts from the free App “Suicide and attempted suicide are the commonest causes of death and injury between the ages of 15 and 49, male or female, in Australia." (ABS) “Suicide and attempted suicide are the commonest causes of death and injury in our countryat any age between15 and 45. It is more thantwice as common as car accidentsas a cause of death and injury. (Australian Bureau of Statistics; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).” The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation today said the fear of not knowing what to say…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time your distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.