Authors: Graeme Sanders
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Mental Health Phase of Care (MHPoC) is a clinical instrument designed to categorise the prospective goal of treatment for consumer’s into groups which have similar clinical and resource requirements. The instrument brings together two key concepts, that consumers needs change over time as they move between different stages of their illness and that the focus of treatment and associated resources needed change accordingly. The MHPoC is being introduced into routine practice in public sector mental health services across Australia as part of the Australian Mental Health Care Classification (AMHCC). A recent study on the interrater reliability of the MHPoC found that although clinicians largely agreed with the concept of using the MHPoC in clinical practice, the definitions required some additional work to increase the interrater reliability of the instrument as a reporting tool across all settings and specialities, particularly when used in Child and Adolescent and Older Persons mental health services. In 2017 The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) commenced a clinically led project to review and refine the MHPoC. The project aims to: increase the clarity and reduce the ambiguity of applying the MHPoC instrument in practice and for reporting, ensure that the instrument is clinically meaningful and reflects contemporary care models, and is consistently applied as part of routine practice. The project is led by six mental health clinicians, from different professions and clinical mental health professions, who will present a final report by the end of 2018. The presentation will provide an overview of the MHPoC clinical refinement project including the quantitative and qualitative methods being used to gather data, the process of data analysis and the expected outcomes of the project.