Adult carers of people with mental illness in employment, 2018
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Adult carers of people with mental illness in employment, 2018|
The percentage of adult carers of people with mental illness in employment.
|Indicator set:||Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2018 |
Health, Recorded 09/08/2018
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:|
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People with a mental illness:
‘People with a mental illness’ is defined as any respondent with any type of psychosocial disability, which includes nervous or emotional conditions, memory problems or periods of confusion, social or behavioural difficulties and mental illness, in the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC).
‘Adult carer of a person with mental illness’ is defined as the person who provides ongoing, unpaid help or supervision of everyday activities to a person with a mental illness as defined above. Types of activities that the carer may be providing unpaid help or supervision for include core activities of:
Carers are classified as either a 'primary carer' or 'other carer':
Informal assistance includes both unpaid help and supervision of everyday activities.
‘In employment’ is defined as any response to the Labour force status question in the SDAC that is:
(Numerator ÷ Denominator) × 100
Number of carers (of people with a mental illness) aged 15 to 64 who are in employment.
|Numerator data elements:|
Number of carers (of people with a mental illness) aged 15 to 64.
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Consumer attributes: carer status, sex, and age.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
This indicator measures psychosocial disability as a proxy for mental illness. The psychosocial disability must cause restrictions in everyday activities that has lasted, or likely to last for 6 months or more, and refers to people who report:
As disability in the SDAC is based on the level and length of impairment caused by health conditions, not all persons with mental illness will be included as some instances may not result in impairments that restrict everyday activities. More information on the inclusion and exclusion criteria used in the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers is available on Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (ABS, 2016).
As the recipient of care may have one or more forms of disability, and the SDAC does not specify for which disability the carer is required, the carer may be providing unpaid help or supervision due to the recipient's other types of disability. Additionally, some carers of people with mental illness are not included in this indicator as SDAC collects labour force status of carers and the type(s) of impairments experienced by the recipient of care (e.g. mental health-related impairments) only where the carer and recipient of care live in the same household.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Meaningful and contributing life|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Further data development / collection required:|
Data is not currently available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are known to have higher rates of disability than non-Indigenous people across all age groups, which may have a significant impact on carers. Collection of data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other culturally and linguistically diverse populations are areas for development for this indicator.
Source and reference attributes
ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015. Canberra: ABS.
Council of Australian Governments Health Council 2018. The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
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