South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


86. Psychological wellbeing:

Equal or lower the Australian average for psychological distress by 2014 and maintain thereafter

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

In 2014-15, 13.6% of South Australians experienced psychological distress compared to 14.1% in 2001 (baseline year). Nationally, 11.8% of people reported psychological distress in 2014-15 compared to 12.6% in 2001.

These results are drawn from the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey which is conducted every four years. The 2014-15 results were released in 2016 and are the most recently available data.

Psychological distress is defined as those with high or very high psychological distress using the Kessler K10 measure of psychological distress. The K10 scale assesses the level of anxiety and depressive symptoms a person may have experienced in the most recent four-week period. 

Lead Agency

SA Health

Disaggregated data