Mental health indicator library

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):

  • MHS KPIs 3rd Edition: Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Principal Committee; ongoing publication; 2017 data
  • Indicator framework: Productivity Commission (RoGS); ongoing publication; 2017 data
  • NHA: Council of Australian Governments Inter-governmental Agreement(†); ongoing publication; 2017 data
  • NMHC Review: National Mental Health Commission; 2015; data not published
  • 4NMHP: Council of Australian Governments; 2009–14; NMHR 2013
  • ERG: Council of Australian Governments Working Group of Mental Health Reform; 2013; data not published
  • COAG AP; Council of Australian Governments Health Council; 2006–2011; Final progress report

Overall health and the impact on life: Tier 1 indicators

Factors that have an impact on health: Tier 2 indicators

Health system performance: Tier 3 indicators

MHS PI 16: Aspects of recovery for children and adolescents according to parents/carers

† 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.