Indirect costs of depression and other mental and behavioural disorders for Australia from 2015 to 2030

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Schofield, Deborah
Cunich, Michelle
Shrestha, Rupendra
Tanton, Robert
Veerman, Lennert
Kelly, Simon
Passey, Megan
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Background: The impact of mental disorders has been assessed in relation to longevity and quality of life; however, mental disorders also have an impact on productive life-years (PLYs). Aims: To quantify the long-term costs of Australians aged 45–64 having lost PLYs because of mental disorders. Method: The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2003, 2009 formed the base population of Health&WealthMOD2030 – a microsimulation model integrating output from the Static Incomes Model, the Australian Population and Policy Simulation Model, the Treasury and the Australian Burden of Disease Study. Results: For depression, individuals incurred a loss of AU$1062 million in income in 2015, projected to increase to AU$1539 million in 2030 (45% increase). The government is projected to incur costs comprising a 22% increase in social security payments and a 45% increase in lost taxes as a result of depression through its impact on PLYs. Conclusions: Effectiveness of mental health programmes should be judged not only in terms of healthcare use but also quality of life and economic well-being. Declaration of interest: None.

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BJPsych Open

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5

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© The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2019. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited.

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Clinical sciences

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Psychiatry

Mental and behavioural disorders

productive life-years (PLYs)

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Schofield, D; Cunich, M; Shrestha, R; Tanton, R; Veerman, L; Kelly, S; Passey, M, Indirect costs of depression and other mental and behavioural disorders for Australia from 2015 to 2030, BJPsych Open, 2019, 5 (3), pp. e40-1-e40-7

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