Authors: Cheryl Reed, Tim Coombs, Rosemary Dickson
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Development of a Nationally Consistent Consumer Rated Self Report Measure
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Cheryl has a long history in mental health sector research and evaluation. She has been working with the Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee and AMHOCN for the last 8 years developing measures and resources to support national reporting of consumer and carer experience, social inclusion and psychological distress.
Since the establishment of the National Mental Health Policy in 1992 (Australian Health Ministers), Australian governments have committed to national monitoring of the effectiveness of public mental health services. The Mental Health National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) provides a national set of standardised measures of consumer symptoms and functioning to support this monitoring. A review of the NOCC in 2013 identified the need to develop a nationally consistent consumer rated measure for adults and older persons (National Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel, 2013). The review recommended that the new instrument include a brief measure of psychological distress as a foundation (such as the Kessler-10 or a component thereof) and should also incorporate domains that are important to consumers and reflect contemporary practice.
The Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC) tasked the National Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel (NMHIDEAP) with the development of this new measure using a co-design approach. This paper will report on the development of the measure and the results of a trial conducted in Victoria.
Learning Objective 1: The audience will learn that a new self report measure has been developed, as well as the future steps required in its development and endorsement.
Learning Objective 2: The new self report measure has the potential to offer consumers and their service providers improved information for the quality of care, service development and performance monitoring.
Australian Health Ministers. National Mental Health Policy 2008. Canberra: Australian Government Retrieved from https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/B4A903FB48158BAECA257BF0001D3AEA/$File/finpol08.pdf
National Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel. (2013). Mental Health National Outcomes and Casemix Collection: NOCC Strategic Directions 2014-2024. Retrieved from Canberra: 2019
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