Women’s Health Data: Mental health

Women’s mental wellbeing is multi-faceted and diverse. However, some factors that impact on mental health may be experienced only by women. These include societal and cultural divisions of labour, maternity, social connectedness, depression or other psychological health issues and their causes, such as discrimination, violence and abuse. Key statistics which demonstrate how gender impacts on women’s mental health are detailed below.

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Key statistics

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Women with disabilities

Same-sex attracted women


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Mental Health in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05. Cat. no. 4824.0.55.001. ABS: Canberra; 2006 [cited 11 September 2013]. Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4824.0.55.001.
  2. Department of Health. Victorian Population Health Survey 2010. State Government of Victoria Department of Health: Melbourne; 2012 [cited 11 September 2013]. Available from: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/healthstatus/survey/vphs2010.htm.
  3. Kreisfeld R & Harrison JE. Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning 2005-06. Cat. No. INJCAT 131. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; 2010 [cited 11 September 2013]. Available from: http://www.nisu.flinders.edu.au/pubs/reports/2010/injcat131.pdf.
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Gender Indicators, Australia, Jan 2013, Cat. No. 4125.0. Canberra: ABS; 2013 [cited 11 September 2013] Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4125.0~Jan%202013~Main%20Features~Contents~1.
  5. Beyond Blue. Clinical practice guidelines for depression and related disorders – anxiety, bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis – in the perinatal period: A guide for primary health care professionals. Melbourne; 2011 [cited 5 November 2013] Available from: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/health-professionals/clinical-practice-guidelines/perinatal-clinical-practice-guidelines.
  6. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia’s health 2012. Australia’s health series no.13. Cat. no. AUS 156. Canberra: AIHW; 2012 [cited 5 October 2013] Available from: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737422172 .
  7. Australian Bureau of Statistics. The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: A snapshot, 2004-05. Cat. No. 4722.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS; 2007 [cited 4 September 2013] Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4722.0.55.001Main+Features12004-05?OpenDocument.
  8. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012–2013. Cat. No. 2071.0. Canberra: ABS; 2013 [cited 5 November 2013] Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/allprimarymainfeatures/EB2F8382979D8F12CA257842000EC9DA?opendocument.
  9. McDermott S, Moran R, Platt T, Dasari S. Health conditions among women with a disability. Journal of Women’s Health. 2007; 16(5): 713-720.
  10. Australian Bureau of Statistics. General Social Survey, Victoria, 2006. Table 4 Personal characteristics, By Age – Females. Canberra: ABS; 2007 [cited 11 December 2013] Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4159.2.55.0012006?OpenDocument.
  11. McLaren S. The interrelations between sexual orientation, sense of belonging and dysphoria among Australian women. Women and Health. 2006; 43(3): 123-137.
  12. Hillier L, Jones T, Monagle M, Overton N, Gahan L, Blackman J, et al. Writing themselves in 3: the third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people. Melbourne: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society; 2010. [cited 5 November 2013] Available from: http://www.glhv.org.au/node/657.

Published: February 2014

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