All specialised mental health services managed or funded by State or Territory health authorities.
The statistical units are specialised mental health services. These are the specialised mental health components of the State and Territory health authorities, and of regions within states and territories; specialised mental health service organisations; service units within those organisations; and private hospital and non-government residential service units funded by specialised mental health services.
Non-government residential mental health services and specialised mental health services provided by private hospitals that receive State or Territory government funding are included as service units for this NMDS.
In addition, information on funding of non-government organisations by non-health departments for the provision of mental health services is collected through a specific data element.
Ambulatory services managed by non-government organisations are not defined as statistical units for this NMDS.
The data elements relevant to each of these types of statistical unit differ, as detailed below.
States and Territories determine the organisational units that will report as ‘regions’, ‘organisations’, and ‘service units’ for this NMDS. However, as a minimum, each hospital reported to the Public Hospital Establishments NMDS should be defined as a service unit for the purposes of this NMDS and should use the same establishment identifiers in this NMDS as are used in the National Public Hospital Establishments NMDS. In addition, as a minimum, 24 hour staffed residential services and non-24 hour staffed residential services should be defined as separate service units.
Collection and usage attributes
Specialised mental health services.
National reporting arrangements
State and Territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.
Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated
Financial years ending 30 June each year.
Implementation start date:
Implementation end date:
Private hospitals and non-government organisation residential services
Only the following data elements are mandatory for non-government organisation residential mental health services and specialised mental health services provided by private hospitals that receive State or Territory government funding: Accrued mental health care days, Co-location status of mental health service, Geographical location of establishment, Establishment identifier, Number of available beds for admitted patients, Number of episodes of residential care, Separations, Specialised mental health services—hours staffed and Total recurrent expenditure.
For these services it is not mandatory to disaggregate data elements by Specialised mental health services program type or Specialised mental health services target population where specified.
Non-residential non-government organisation mental health services
Information on the total expenditure ($) on non-residential non-government organisation mental health services (i.e. the ‘grants to non-government organisations’ data elements) by service type (e.g. accommodation services) is to be reported where available, but is also not mandatory.
Some previous Knowledgebase data element concepts are available in the METeOR glossary. Currently the metadata search in METeOR does not cover glossary items however these items are available through links in the relevant metadata items. In addition links to the glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.