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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2014

Identifying and definitional attributes

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, 2014
METeOR identifier:Help on this term517665
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 14/01/2015
Description:Help on this termProportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2014) Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2014 QS Health, Superseded 31/01/2017

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 Element
People with very high distress score.
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
People with a very high distress score.
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Denominator:Help on this termPopulation aged 18 years or over.
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2011–12 (previously supplied)—State and territory by sex.

2011–12 (previously supplied)—Nationally by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Structure
  • 2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles and deciles
  • disability status

2011–12—Nationally by:

  • sex by 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintiles
  • remoteness (major city, other) by 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles

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

  • remoteness (ASGS Remoteness Structure)
  • 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintiles
  • disability status

2011-12 (previously supplied) (grouped high/very high levels of psychological distress) – Nationally by:

  • sex by remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)
  • remoteness (ASGS Remoteness Structure) by 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles

2011-12 (grouped high/very high levels of psychological distress)—State and territory by Indigenous status (non-Indigenous only).

2012–13 (grouped high/very high levels of psychological distress)—State and territory by Indigenous status (Indigenous only). 

Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2014 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (CRC) report: 2011-12 (total population: AHS); 2012–13 (Indigenous status: AATSIHS and AHS).

The modified K5 scale from the 2012–13 AATSIHS will be used with the corresponding 5 questions from the 2011-12 AHS to compare the psychological distress levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.

The achieved sample size for psychological distress questions in the NHS component of AHS was 15,475 people. The sample size for K5 questions from the NATSIHS component of the AATSIHS is expected to be approximately 6,000 people.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson

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 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
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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Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

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