Involuntary hospital treatment, 2018
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Involuntary hospital treatment, 2018|
The percentage of separations with specialised mental health care days that are involuntary.
|Indicator set:||Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2018 |
Health, Recorded 09/08/2018
Collection and usage attributes
Reference period for 2018 performance reporting: 2016–17
Patient days are for all separations that ended within the reference period. Mental health legal status is defined for this indicator as: ‘Whether a person is treated on an involuntary basis under the relevant state or territory mental health legislation’.
Only public hospitals are in scope for this indicator.
Presented as a:
(Numerator ÷ Denominator) x 100
Number of separations in public hospitals with specialised mental health care days that are involuntary.
|Numerator data elements:|
Total number of separations with specialised mental health care days in public hospitals.
|Denominator data elements:|
Service variables: acute/non-acute units, and target population.
Consumer attributes: age, sex, and Indigenous status.
Disaggregated data excludes missing or not reported data.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for reporting: 2016–17.
|Unit of measure:||Episode|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Less avoidable harm|
Data source attributes
State/territory health authorities
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Other issues caveats:|
The use of involuntary treatment is governed by either legislation (a Mental Health Act or equivalent) or mandatory policy within each state and territory. The definitions used within the legislation and policies vary between jurisdictions including, but not limited to, forensic-related legislation that applies to admitted patient mental health services. These variations should be recognised in the interpretation of the indicator.
Source and reference attributes
Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee/Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee
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