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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. The indicator sets can be viewed in terms of what aspects of health performance they measure using the National Mental Health Performance Framework which includes broad domains spanning areas such as safety and accessibility.
The following lists the indicator sets included in the Indicator library; including the short name of the indicator set with a link to the technical detail (specifications), the author, the reference periods for the indicator set and a link to the most recent data (if available):
Overall health and the impact on life: Tier 1 indicators
Prevalence of mental illness or mental health-related issues.
Alterations to body, structure or function (impairment), activities (activity limitation) and participation (restrictions in participation) due to mental illness.
Broad measures of the impact of mental illness on physical, mental, and social wellbeing of individuals and other indicators such as Disability Adjusted Life Expectancy (DALE).
Deaths due to mental illness.
Factors that have an impact on health: Tier 2 indicators
Physical, chemical and biological factors such as air, water, food and soil quality resulting from chemical pollution and waste disposal.
Socio-economic factors such as education, employment, per capita expenditure on health, and average weekly earnings.
Characteristics of communities and families such as population density, age distribution, health literacy, housing, community support services and transport.
Attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and behaviours (e.g. patterns of eating, physical activity, excess alcohol consumption and smoking).
Genetics-related susceptibility to disease and other factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels and body weight.
Health system performance: Tier 3 indicators
Care, intervention or action achieves desired outcome.
The care, intervention or action provided is relevant to the consumer’s and/or carer’s needs and based on established standards.
Effective use of resources.
Ability of people to obtain health care at the right place and right time irrespective of income, geography and cultural background.
Ability to provide uninterrupted, coordinated care and support across programs, practitioners, organisations and levels over time.
Service provides respect for persons and is consumer and carer orientated.
An individual or service’s capacity to provide a health service based on skills and knowledge.
Potential risks of an intervention or the environment are identified and avoided or minimised.
MHS PI 16: Aspects of recovery for children and adolescents according to parents/carers (141KB Doc)
† Since 2013, this indicator has been reported by the Productivity Commission.
* Indicates where several indicators with different technical definitions, including a range of sub-groups (e.g. by Indigenous status, child and adolescents) have been grouped into a single indicator title.
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