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Mental health, behavioural conditions rising among residents

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The majority of aged care residents are diagnosed with at least one mental health or behavioural condition while almost a third have high needs in all care domains, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows.

The proportion of residents diagnosed with a mental health or behavioural condition in 2017-18 (86 per cent) is slightly higher than the previous year (85 per cent), according to the GEN Aged Care Data report released this week.

In 2017-18, almost half of residents were diagnosed with depression (49 per cent), up from 47 per cent in 2016-17 and 46 per cent in 2015-16, and just over half were living with dementia (52 per cent), which was the same as the previous year.

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Source:
Sandy Cheu, 2019, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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