Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||MHS PI 06J: Average treatment days per three-month community mental health care period, 2021|
The average number of community mental health treatment days per three-month period of ambulatory care provided by state/territory specialised community (also known as ambulatory) mental health service unit(s).
NOTE: This specification has been adapted from the indicator Average treatment days per 3-month community mental health care period, 2020– (Service level) using terminology consistent with the National Health Data Dictionary. There are no technical differences in the calculation methodologies between the Service level version and the Jurisdictional level version of this indicator.
|Indicator set:||Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services (Jurisdictional level version) (2021)|
Health, Standard 17/12/2021
Collection and usage attributes
State/territory specialised community mental health service unit(s) in scope for reporting as defined by the Community mental health care National minimum data set (NMDS).
All community mental health care service activity (treatment days and statistical episodes) associated with non-uniquely identified consumers is excluded.
Numerator ÷ Denominator
Number of community mental health care treatment days provided by state/territory ambulatory mental health services within the reference period.
|Numerator data elements:|
Number of community mental health care statistical episodes provided by state/territory ambulatory mental health services within the reference period.
|Denominator data elements:|
Service variables: target population
|Disaggregation data elements:|
For this indicator, 'public sector community mental health services' refers to specialised mental health services, provided as a public service, managed or funded by state or territory health authorities.
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Efficiency and sustainability|
|Further data development / collection required:|
Methodology to collect multifaceted levels of service usage, such as intensity and complexity issues and the impact on contact duration, is needed in order to improve cost modelling and efficiency measurement in general.
Accurate reporting at levels above that of mental health service organisation requires unique state-wide patient identifiers that are not currently available in all jurisdictions.
The indicator can be accurately constructed using the Community mental health care NMDS.
|Other issues caveats:|
Casemix adjustment is needed to interpret variation between organisations to distinguish consumer and provider factors. Longer term a methodology for casemix adjustment is required.
Further development of national funding models, including episode-based or casemix models, will enable more meaningful measurement than the arbitrary three-month period used in this indicator.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee
National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee (NMHPSC) 2013. Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services, 3rd edn. Canberra: NMHPSC.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes KPIs for Australian Public Mental Health Services: PI 06J – Average treatment days per three-month community mental health care period, 2020
Has been superseded by KPIs for Australian Public Mental Health Services: PI 06J – Average treatment days per three-month community mental health care period, 2022