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During the study period, the evaluation of ATAPS was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health.
BB was the lead researcher for the study. She conducted the data analysis and interpretation and drafted the manuscript. AN and LR assisted with data interpretation and drafting the manuscript. JP oversaw the project and assisted with drafting the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The purpose of this study was to examine the uptake of an Australian primary mental health care program (Access to Allied Psychological Services) by young people aged 12 to 25 years and the characteristics of consumers and the treatments received. Data were sourced from a national web-based minimum dataset.
Between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2012, 51 716 young consumers received 245 704 sessions via the primary mental health program. Around two thirds were female and the average age was 19 years. The majority had depressive and/or anxiety disorders.
Most services were delivered to individuals (including just the young person and/or the young person with one or both parents), in a face-to-face context and free of charge. Cognitive and behavioral strategies were the most common interventions delivered.
The primary mental health care program has been well utilized by people aged 12 to 25 years. Similar programs in other developed countries may improve access to primary mental health care for young people.
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