Most kids with mental health issues don't receive psychological help
Most Australian children with mental health disorders receive no professional help, a study suggests.
An analysis of MBS data by a team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, found fewer than a quarter of children identified with a problem accessed professional care for mental health issues in the ensuing 18 months.
Those least likely to access services were the youngest children, those from non-English-speaking backgrounds and girls (compared with boys).
The researchers examined the use of MBS-rebated mental