Kids with mental health disorders 'failing to receive adequate care'

Only 12% of children receive treatment that meets minimal clinical practice guidelines, study shows

Only a tiny proportion of Australian children diagnosed with mental disorders receive treatment from health professionals that meets minimal clinical practice guidelines, a new study suggests.


Researchers tracked the care offered to 517 children aged 6-17 years who had been identified as having a mental health disorder through the 2013-14 national survey of mental health.

Over the 18 months after the survey, they found only 12% had contact with health professionals that met the criteria for minimally adequate treatment (MAT), according to lead