Mental Health: Service use in New Zealand 2005/06 and 2006/07

Published online: 
01 May 2009


This publication is available in hard copy and online, with the Appendix Tables (28 tables for each June year) published online only as links to excel files, for users’ convenience.
The content covers the following:

  • clients seen by age group, sex, ethnicity and team type
  • referrals by referral source and sex
  • information about specific groups of services (community, inpatient, alcohol and drug, forensic, kaupapa Māori and child and youth teams).

Key findings

  • District Health Boards saw 92,062 mental health clients in 2005/06 and that increased by 5.0 percent to 96,670 in 2006/07.
  • Of clients seen in 2006/07, 19.9 percent identified themselves as Māori, 4.7 percent as Pacific peoples and 2.8 percent as Asian – slightly higher than the corresponding percentages in 2006/06.
  • The most commonly used teams in both years were community teams (49,941 clients in 2005/06 and 52,283 in 2006/07).
  • General practitioners were the most common source of referrals in each year (19,396 clients in 2005/06 and 20,116 clients in 2006/07).

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    01 May 2009
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    01 May 2009
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-31929-3 (Print), 978-0-478-31932-2 (Online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health 2009. Mental Health: Service use in New Zealand 2005/06 and 2006/07. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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