Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy

3.2 Overview of indicator and target status

Page last updated: May 2011

NMHP performance indicators by priority area:

Priority area 1: social inclusion and recovery

1. Participation rates by people with mental illness of working age in employment

  1. General population
    • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
    • Target: in development
  2. Public mental health service consumers
    • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
    • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

2. Participation rates by young people aged 16–30 with mental illness in education and employment

  1. General population
    • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
    • Target: in development
  2. Public mental health service consumers
    • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
    • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate Top of page

3. Rates of stigmatising attitudes within the community

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

4. Percentage of mental health consumers living in stable housing

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: in development

5. Rates of community participation by people with mental illness

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate Top of page

Priority area 2: prevention and early intervention

6. Proportion of primary and secondary schools with mental health literacy component included in curriculum

  1. Secondary schools
    • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
    • Target: in development
  2. Public mental health service consumers
    • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
    • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

7. Rates of contact with primary mental health care by children and young people

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: agreed

8. Rates of use of licit and illicit drugs that contribute to mental illness in young people

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: not appropriate for this indicator Top of page

9. Rates of suicide in the community

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: in development

10. Proportion of front-line workers within given sectors who have been exposed to relevant education and training

  • Indicator: no foreseeable data source within the life of the fourth plan
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

11. Rates of understanding of mental health problems and mental illness in the community

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

12. Prevalence of mental illness

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: not appropriate for this indicator Top of page

Priority area 3: service access, coordination and continuity of care

13. Percentage of population receiving mental health care

Indicator: data source and specifications developed Target: agreed [

14. Readmission to hospital within 28 days of discharge

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: agreed

15. Rates of pre-admission community care

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: agreed

16. Rates of post-discharge community care

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: agreed

17. Proportion of specialist mental health sector consumers with nominated GP

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate Top of page

18. Average waiting times for consumers with mental health problems presenting to emergency departments

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

19. Prevalence of mental illness among homeless populations

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate

20. Prevalence of mental illness among people who are remanded or newly sentenced to adult and juvenile correctional facilities

  1. Adult prisoners
    • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
    • Target: not appropriate for this indicator
  2. Juvenile detainees
    • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
    • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate Top of page

Priority area 4: quality improvement and innovation

21. Proportion of total mental health workforce accounted for by consumer and carer workers

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: agreed

22. Proportion of services reaching threshold standards of accreditation under the National Mental Health Standards

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: agreed

23. Mental health outcomes for people who receive treatment from state and territory services and the private hospital system

  • Indicator: data source and specifications developed
  • Target: not appropriate for this indicator

24. Proportion of consumers and carers with positive experiences of service delivery

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate Top of page

Priority area 5: accountability - measuring and reporting progress

25. Proportion of services publicly reporting performance data

  • Indicator: no current data source, work is in progress
  • Target: indicator not sufficiently described to establish if a target is appropriate