Post-discharge community mental health care, 2018 (Service level)
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Post-discharge community mental health care, 2018 (Service level)|
|Registration status:||Health, Candidate 02/10/2018|
The percentage of separations from the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s) for which a community mental health service contact, in which the consumer participated, was recorded in the seven days following that separation.
NOTE: This indicator is related to Post-discharge community care (Jurisdictional level). 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 (Service level version) (2018) Health, Candidate 09/08/2018|
Collection and usage attributes
All public mental health service organisations acute psychiatric inpatient units. The following separations are excluded:
The following community service contacts are excluded:
(Numerator ÷ Denominator) x 100
Number of in-scope separations from the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s) for which a public sector community mental health service contact in which the consumer participated, was recorded in the seven days following that separation.
Number of in-scope separations for the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s).
Service variables: target population.
Consumer attributes: age, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), remoteness, Indigenous status.
|Unit of measure:||Service event|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Continuous|
Levels at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking:
|Further data development / collection required:|
This indicator cannot be accurately constructed using the Admitted Patient and Community Mental Health Care National Minimum Data Sets because they do not share a common unique identifier to allow persons admitted into hospital to be tracked in the community services data. Additionally, states and territories vary in the extent to which state-wide unique identifiers are in place to allow accurate tracking of persons who are seen by multiple organisations.
There is no proxy solution available. To construct this indicator at a national level requires separate indicator data to be provided individually by states and territories.
Development of a system of state-wide unique patient identifiers within all mental health NMDSs is needed to improve this capacity.
For this indicator, only direct contact with the consumer constitutes 'follow-up'. A growing body of evidence suggests that for some cohorts, follow-up with carers represents best practice (such as follow-up with parents for children and adolescents). Data development work to consistently capture information about carers in state/territory data systems is necessary to allow further development of this indicator.
|Other issues caveats:|
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 12 – Rate of post-discharge community care, 2015– Health, Standard 19/11/2015