The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Data Governance Forum (MHSPDGF) has been established to oversee and facilitate the implementation of the data and performance measurement commitments specified in the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement (the National Agreement).
MHSPDGF brings together Commonwealth, state and territory health representatives and key stakeholders including peak bodies, key organisations and lived experience representatives. The scope of the MHSPDGF is to agree on authorising frameworks and systems for data sharing and linking, improve national consistency in data collections, agree on appropriate measurement and monitoring methodologies to support evaluation of services and the mental health system and to provide technical advice on other relevant data and outcome activities.
MHSPDGF reports to the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Senior Officials Group as part of the National Agreement Governance Structure.
Under the National Agreement governance structure, the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Data Governance Forum will:
MHSPDGF bring together specialist and diverse knowledge holders. MHSPDGF members and observers bring with them a wide range of experience in issues related to mental health and suicide prevention.
The membership of MHSPDGF is endorsed annually by MHSPSOG. The current membership of the MHSPDGF consist of standing members, which are parties to the National Agreement, or where representation is specified in the National Agreement:
The MHSPDGF also includes appointed observers, which are agencies with the expertise necessary to progress the work the MHSPDGF oversees. Appointed observers:
Secretariat support is provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Mental Health Information & Evidence Refinement & Validation Unit, Canberra. The MHSPDGF secretariat can be contacted through [email protected].
The National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement (the National Agreement) came into effect in March 2022, and sets out the shared intention of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to work in partnership to improve the mental health of all Australians, reduce the rate of suicide toward zero, and ensure the sustainability and enhance the services of the Australian mental health and suicide prevention system.
The National Agreement principles and objectives aim to:
The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Data Governance Forum (MHSPDGF) has been established under the National Agreement governance structure. The MHSPDGF will oversee and facilitate implementation of the data and performance measurement commitments specified in the National Agreement.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) was dissolved in May 2020 and was the primary Australian intergovernmental governance structure. Under the COAG governance structure, there were several mental health data committees and subcommittees that ceased when COAG was dissolved.
The Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC), established by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC), provided advice on information and data issues to the Mental Health Principal Committee (MHPC) that addressed the information requirements of the National Mental Health Strategy.
The National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee (NMHPSC) was established by MHISSC to oversee the development and implementation of a national performance measurement framework for mental health services, to support benchmarking for mental health service improvement, and provide national information on mental health system performance.
The National Mental Health Data Set Subcommittee (NMHDS SC) was established by MHISSC to oversee the development and implementation of the National Minimum Data Sets for mental health care.
Under the auspices of COAG, MHISSC and its subcommittees authored a range of publications relating to national data and information.
Some key mental health publications are listed below.
National Mental Health Performance Framework (58KB DOCX)
The objective of the National Health Performance Framework is to improve all health outcomes for Australians living with mental illness and ensure sustainability of the Australian health system.
National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Information Priorities 3rd edition (346KB PDF)
This document sets out a vision for national mental health information in Australia for the coming decade. It outlines key priorities for development and provides strategies to achieve this vision and works alongside a range of other documents and strategies. Together they aim to ensure that mental health consumers and carers and people with lived experience of suicide are central to the way in which services are planned, delivered and evaluated.
Key Performance Indicator for Australian Public Mental Health Services, 3rd edition (3.1MB PDF)
Collates the development and activity delivering the most current set, and specifications, of KPIs for use in Australia's public mental health system.
Analysis of the mental health literacy survey questions from Principals Australia's Market Research Survey (June 2011) (4.9MB PDF)
Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy (2011) (4.6MB PDF)
Implementing National Mental Health Key Performance Indicators in Australian States and Territories (2012) (317KB DOC)
Implementing National Mental Health Key Performance Indicators in Australian States and Territories (2011) (209KB PDF)
Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services: second edition (2011) (3.4MB PDF)
Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (2012) (561KB PDF)
National Mental Health Workforce Literature Review (2011) (1.5MB PDF)
National Mental Health Workforce Plan (2011) (923KB PDF)
National Mental Health Workforce Strategy (2011) (1.1MB PDF)
Carers identified (2010) (1.3MB PDF)
Fourth national mental health plan: first progress report of implementation activity January-December 2010 (2010) (514KB PDF)
Fourth national mental health plan: implementation strategy (2010) (187KB PDF)
Framework for reducing adverse medication events in mental health services (2009) (122KB PDF)
National mental health benchmarking project: evaluation report July 2009 (2009) (5.5MB PDF)
State and territory jurisdictional reports: December 2010 (2010) (1.0MB PDF)
Key performance indicators for Australian public mental health services-technical specification summary (2008) (680KB PDF)
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