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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2013

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Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2013
METeOR identifier:Help on this term497442
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 30/04/2014
Description:Help on this termProportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2013) Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2013 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Derived from the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, with higher scores indicating a higher level of distress; lower scores indicate a low level of distress.

A ten item scale is currently employed by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in general population collections (i.e. K10), while a modified five item scale is included in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections (K5).

Total scores from the K10 scale will be grouped as follows:

  • 10-15 Low;
  • 16-21 Moderate;
  • 22-29 High; and
  • 30-50 Very high.

Total scores from the K5 scale will be grouped as follows:

  • 5-11 Low/moderate; and
  • 12-25 High/very high.

Presented as a percentage. Rates are directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population. 95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.

Computation:Help on this term100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Numerator:Help on this termNumber of people aged 18 years or over with a very high distress score as measured by the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale.
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13
Data Element / Data SetData Source
ABS 2007-08 National Health Survey (NHS)
Data Element / Data SetData Source
ABS 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Denominator:Help on this termPopulation aged 18 years or over.
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS 2007-08 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
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2011-12 and 2007-08 — State and territory by sex.

2011-12 and 2007-08 — Nationally by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles and deciles

  • disability status

2011-12 and 2007-08 (grouped high/very high levels of psychological distress) — State and territory by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles
  • disability status

2007-08 (grouped high/very high levels of psychological distress) — State and territory by:

  • Indigenous status
  • sex

2007-08 (grouped high/very high levels of psychological distress) — Nationally by SEIFA IRSD deciles.

Some disaggreations may result in numbers too small for publication.

Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2013 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (CRC) report: 2011-12 (total population: AHS); 2008 (Indigenous status: NATSISS and NHS).

Sample size is expected to be around 16,000 fully responding persons aged 18 years or over in general population collection and approximately 6,000 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections.

The modified K5 scale from the 2008 NATSISS will be used with the corresponding 5 questions from the 2007-08 NHS to compare the psychological distress levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termNN.N

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13
Frequency
Every 3 years
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Data SourceABS 2007-08 National Health Survey (NHS)
Frequency
Every 3 years
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Data SourceABS 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Frequency
Every 6 years.
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics
Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

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