Improving mental health inequality? Some initial evidence from Australia

Williams, Ruth F. G. and Doessel, D. P. (2009) Improving mental health inequality? Some initial evidence from Australia. Applied Economics Letters, 16 2: 131-136. doi:10.1080/13504850601018130

Author Williams, Ruth F. G.
Doessel, D. P.
Title Improving mental health inequality? Some initial evidence from Australia
Journal name Applied Economics Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4851
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13504850601018130
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 136
Total pages 6
Editor K. Kim
R. Elvik
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
920410 Mental Health
111714 Mental Health
Abstract This study statistically analyses the location and distribution of some aspects of mental health in Queensland. The health status measured here is not the conventional ‘count’ approach, i.e. counting people diagnosed with/without illness, but rather an approach that was developed in the context of mortality, by Silber and subsequently Le Grand. The present context is morbidity. We measure the years lived free of serious mental illness, for people who subsequently contract these illnesses. A complete enumeration dataset (i.e. not a sample), namely, the Queensland hospital admissions dataset commencing in 1964, is available. Specific illness codings are for conditions so consistently serious that hospital admission invariably occurred throughout the 40-year period. The present study is partial, but has two major advantages. First, the measure incorporates the notion that the later in life is the onset of serious mental illness, the better. Second, although age distribution measurement is not possible with ‘count’ data, it is possible with this approach. Inequality measures, such as the Gini coefficient, are applied to measure the inequality in the distribution. Time series on mental health and mental health inequality, for males and females, are thus generated and statistically analysed.
Keyword Mental health
Gini coefficient
Mental health - Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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