Mental health indicators

The mental health-related indicators section includes the mental health indicator library and data for two overarching sets of indicator. These provide a measure of performance and progress in the delivery of services across the mental health sector.

Mental Health Indicator Library

The Mental Health Indicator Library contains a range of Australian mental health indicator sets.

A number of different mental health indicator sets have been developed over time to measure the performance of the mental health system. Performance indicators are generally developed for a specific purpose, for example, measuring changes after commitment to a national strategy.

Mental health Indicators sets

Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services

Australian Governments have worked collaboratively to improve the collection and use of mental health service information, developing the National Health Performance Framework and the Mental Health Services Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (first published in 2005). The KPIs for Australian Mental Health Services have been developed to improve accountability and transparency at the Mental Health Service Organisation (MHSO) level. Thirteen of the 15 KPIs are reported.

National Healthcare Agreement indicators

The National Healthcare Agreement (NHA), agreed by the Council of Australian Government in 2008 and updated in August 2011, provides for an integrated approach to improving health outcomes for Australians and the sustainability of the health system. The Agreement defines the objectives, outcomes, outputs and performance measures, and clarifies the roles and responsibilities that guide the Commonwealth and States and Territories in delivery of services across the health sector. Mental health specific indicators have been developed as part of this agreement that measure and report progress of these indicators publicly. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare prepares two NHA indicators; PI 17 and PI 25.