Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy

NMHP PI 4 Percentage of mental health consumers living in stable housing

Page last updated: May 2011

  • Strategic issue - Social Inclusion and Recovery.
  • Rationale - People with mental illness are at greater risk of being or becoming homeless than the general population. Having unstable housing is also a significant destabilising factor and may contribute to the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness. Evidence suggests that collaboration and coordination between mental health services, housing providers, and accommodation support services contribute to better outcomes for consumers, and their carers and families.
  • Endorsement status - Endorsed by AHMAC Mental Health Standing Committee, February 2011.
  • Date last updated - January 2011.
Indicator details
National Mental Health Performance Framework
Data collection details

Indicator details

  • Description - Percentage of public mental health service consumers who are considered, at baseline rating, to have no significant problems with their accommodation as rated on Scale 11 ('Problems with living conditions') of the HONOS/65+.
  • Numerator - Number of baseline collection occasions with a HONOS/65+ score of 0 or 1.
  • Denominator - Number of baseline collection ratings with a valid HoNOS/65+.
  • Computation - (Numerator Denominator) x 100.
  • Calculation conditions
    • Coverage/Scope - All public inpatient or ambulatory mental health services.
    • Methodology - A valid clinical rating for 10 of the 12 HONOS/65+ items is required to be included.
  • Definitions
    • HoNOS/65+ Item 11: Problems with living conditions.
    • Baseline: first collection occasion for a service episode within the reference period that is either an admission or review.
  • Presentation - Percentage.
  • Disaggregation - State/Territory, and age, subject to sample size.
  • Notes - Use of HoNOS/65+ data provides a proxy for this indicator until required data development occurs.
  • Is specification interim or long-term? - Interim. Top of page

National Mental Health Performance Framework

  • Tier - Not applicable.
  • Type of measure - Outcome.
  • Level at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking - State/Territory.

Data collection details

  • Data source(s)
    • Numerator - National Outcomes and Casemix Collection.
    • Denominator - National Outcomes and Casemix Collection.
  • Data source(s) type
    • Numerator - Outcome data.
    • Denominator - Outcome data.
  • Frequency of data source(s) collection
    • Numerator - Annually.
    • Denominator - Annually.
  • Data development
    • Long-term - Specific details on housing are not contained in national data sets covering state and territory mental health services. Work has commenced to fill this gap through development of a survey instrument that will cover the range of social inclusion indicators targeted in the Fourth Plan that do not currently have suitable data sources.