Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy

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

Page last updated: May 2011

  • Strategic issue - Prevention and Early Intervention.
  • Rationale - Evidence suggests that high rates of substance use and abuse in young people contributes to the onset of, and poor recovery from, mental illness.
  • 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 - Proportion of the population aged 14 or over that use specific licit and illicit drugs in the preceding 12 months.
  • Numerator - People aged 14 and over who have used specific drugs.
  • Denominator - Estimated Resident Population aged 14 or over.
  • Computation - (Numerator Denominator) x 100.
  • Calculation conditions
    • Coverage/Scope - The following substances are included: alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, meth/amphetamine, cocaine, hallucinogens, GHB, inhalants, and heroin.
  • Presentation - Percentage.
  • Disaggregation - State/Territory, and age, subject to sample size.
  • Notes - The National Drug Strategy Household Survey participants are aged 14 or over.
  • Is specification interim or long-term? - Long-term.
  • Reported in - A similar indicator is reported in the COAG NAP Annual Progress Reports (Indicator 3 'Rates of use of illicit drugs that contribute to mental illness in young people') Top of page

National Mental Health Performance Framework

  • Tier - Tier II – Determinants of Health.
  • Primary domain - Health behaviours.
  • Type of measure - Outcome.
  • Level at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking - State/Territory.
  • Related performance indicators and performance benchmarks - COAG National Action Plan Progress Report (Indicator 3 'Rates of use of illicit drugs that contribute to mental illness in young people').

Data collection details

  • Data source(s)
    • Numerator - National Drug Strategy Household Survey.
    • Denominator -Estimated resident population.
  • Data source(s) type
    • Numerator - Survey.
    • Denominator - Census.
  • Frequency of data source(s) collection
    • Numerator - Triennially.
    • Denominator - Annually.