State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

28. Further develop and progress implementation of the national mental health performance and benchmarking framework

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • The DoHA funded the National Mental Health Benchmarking Project between 2006-08 aimed to facilitate a culture of information use and continuous quality improvement through the establishment of time limited benchmarking forums for adult, child and adolescent, older persons and forensic mental health services. The Project laid the foundation for large scale engagement by publicly funded mental health services to compare performance data and work together to achieve best practice standards.
  • An evaluation report of this project is expected to be released in the first half of 2010.
  • The DoHA will continue to support national service benchmarking as committed in the Fourth Plan and will establish a national benchmarking network of organisations to lead the sector. Ongoing internet-facilitated tools will be developed that provide the means for mental health provider organisations to undertake collaborative benchmarking using the national performance indicator framework.