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Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2018

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator Set
Indicator set type:Help on this termOther
METeOR identifier:Help on this term695585
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Candidate 09/08/2018
Description:Help on this term

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Fifth Plan) is an integral part of the National Mental Health Strategy, a suite of documents—including the National Mental Health Policy, Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and four successive National Mental Health Plans—that has driven mental health reform in Australia for 25 years. The National Mental Health Strategy articulates a vision for a mental health system that:

  • enables recovery
  • prevents and detects mental illness early
  • ensures that all Australians with a mental illness can access effective and appropriate treatment and community support to enable them to participate fully in the community.

The Fifth Plan commits Australian governments to actions in eight priority areas:

  • achieving integrated regional planning and service delivery
  • effective suicide prevention
  • coordinating treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness
  • improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
  • improving the physical health of people living with mental illness and reducing early mortality
  • reducing stigma and discrimination
  • making safety and quality central to mental health service delivery
  • ensuring that the enablers of effective system performance and system improvement are in place.

The Fifth Plan identifies 24 national key performance indicators, guided by the domains set out in the National Mental Health Commission’s 2014 National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. They range from measures of the health status of the population to measures of the process of mental health care. Wherever possible, the indicators provide both a combined national view and a more detailed view for community groups or mental health services, and allow performance to be reported for different age groups, for men and women, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

Relational attributes

Indicators linked to this Indicator set:Help on this term

Adult carers of people with mental illness in employment, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019

Adults with mental illness in employment, education or training, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Change in mental health consumer's clinical outcomes, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Children developmentally vulnerable, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019

Experience of discrimination in adults with mental illness, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Involuntary hospital treatment, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019

Involuntary patient days, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019

Long-term health conditions in people with mental illness, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Mental health consumer and carer workers, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Mental health consumer experience of service, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019

Mental health readmissions to hospital, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Population access to clinical mental health care, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Post-discharge community mental health care, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Prevalence of mental illness, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Seclusion rate, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Social participation in adults with mental illness, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019

Suicide rate, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Tobacco and other drug use in adolescents and adults with mental illness, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018

Collection and usage attributes

National reporting arrangement:Help on this term

The National Mental Health Commission will deliver an annual report on the implementation progress of the Fifth Plan and performance against identified indicators.

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The term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ is preferred when referring to the separate Indigenous peoples of Australia. However, the term ‘Indigenous’ is used interchangeably with ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ in this indicator set to assist readability.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this term

Council of Australian Governments Health Council 2018. The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.

NMHC (National Mental Health Commission) 2014. The National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. Sydney: NMHC.

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