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

33. Further develop mental health information, including national mental health data collections, that provide the foundation for system accountability and reporting

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • The DoHA together with the Mental Health Information Strategy Subcommittee (MHISS) are working towards filling gaps in current national data collections and developing new data methods that can be implemented in day to day service delivery. They are reviewing the current National Mental Health Information Priorities, including the development in the priority areas identified in the Fourth National Mental Health Plan (consumer perceptions, recovery measures etc.).
  • The DoHA have funded AIHW to scope the issues, options and work required to develop a National Minimum Data Set for the NGO mental health sector. As part of the first stage of the scoping exercise the AIHW initiated contact with stakeholders to begin gaining a better understanding of current jurisdictional mental health NGO activities and any existing requirements for data collection and reporting that may already exist. Consultations have occurred with a number of jurisdictions' government departments, peak bodies and organisations.
  • DoHA will commit funding to reviewing the initiatives being taken by several jurisdictions to regularly monitor consumer perceptions of care, with the aim of developing a national standard set of indicators for use by all states and territories. This will be followed by a trial of current consumer perceptions of care and recovery measures, with the aim to incorporate them into routine outcome collections.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • FaHCSIA is contributing to the development of mental health information through its membership of the Mental Health Information Strategy Subcommittee and Mental Health Standing Committee