To complement the work of States and Territories, the Australian Government established the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN) in 2003, as a focus for national activity in the development of outcomes and casemix concepts in mental health. AMHOCN comprises three components:
- a 'data bureau' centre to receive and process the mental health outcomes and casemix data submitted by States and Territories;
- a specialist research and development centre for the analysis, reporting and ongoing development of mental health outcomes and casemix information at a national level; and
- a national training and service development resource centre for the ongoing use of outcomes and casemix measures, designed to both inform and improve practice through workforce training, benchmarking and related activities.
Three national advisory groups were also set up late into the Second National Mental Health Plan period to provide forums for clinician, consumer, carer and other experts to contribute to future mental health information developments. Specifically focused on outcome measurement but with a wider brief to advise on other areas, separate groups were established to cover adult, child and adolescent and older persons mental health services with responsibility for advising on:
- the measures introduced within the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection including future modifications;
- the use of routine outcome measurement to improve clinical practice and service quality; and
- the training and support implications of routine outcome measurement.