National mental health information priorities 2nd edition

5.2 - National coordinating arrangements for mental health information

Page last updated: June 2005

The mental health sector feeds into these processes through the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council National Mental Health Working Group (NMHWG), which acts as the key forum to advise on and monitor the implementation of mental health reforms under the Strategy. The Working Group has established a number of standing committees to manage its work agenda. Within these, the National Mental Health Information Strategy Committee (ISC) has primary responsibility for information development activities and bringing all key parties together to foster collaborative effort. Details of membership of the NMHWG and ISC are provided at appendix B and appendix C respectively.

Several subcommittees and task groups have been set up by the ISC that are responsible for advising on various aspects of information development. Figure 8 provides a summary outline of the groups established under the auspice of the National Mental Health Working Group. Responsibilities of the groups with specific information development roles are summarised in table 4.

Figure 8: National Mental Health Working Group arrangements for mental health information development


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Text version of figure 8

National Mental Health Working Group arrangements for mental health information development:

Underneath the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council sits the National Mental Health Working Group. Underneath the Working Group are the following:
  • Practice Standards Implementation Group
  • Safety and Quality Partnership
  • Mental Health Disaster Response Committee
  • Information Strategy Committee. Underneath this committee are the following:
    • Mental Health Outcomes Expert Groups (Adult, Child & Adolescent. Older Persons)
    • National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee
    • National Minimum Dataset Subcommittee
    • NOCC Technical Specifications Drafting Group
    • AMHOCN Reference Group
  • Promotion and Prevention Working Party
  • Comorbidity Taskforce
  • Forensic Mental Health Policy Group
  • Homelessness and Housing Taskforce

Table 4: Roles of AHMAC National Mental Health Working Group committees and subcommittees with specific information development responsibilities

Table 4 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.
  • National Mental Health Working Group Information Strategy Committee - provides advice and recommendations to AHMAC National Mental Health Working Group on initiative to address the information requirements of the National Mental Health Strategy.

  • Outcomes Expert Groups (Adult, Child & Adolescent, Older Persons) - provides expert clinical and technical advice on standardised measures used to monitor consumer outcomes including: use of routine outcome measurement to improve clinical practice and service quality; future modifications to the outcome measures; training and support requirements; data analysis and reporting.

  • National Minimum Data Set Subcommittee - provides technical advice to the Information Strategy Committee and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on developments in mental health performance.

  • National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee - provides advice on the ongoing development of a national performance measurement framework for mental health services, to support benchmarking for health services improvement and to provide national information on mental health system performance.

  • NOCC Technical Specifications Drafting Group - Provides advice on development of technical specifications for the collection and reporting of NOCC (National Outcomes and Casemix Collection) data.

  • AMHOCN Reference Group - Provides a liaison point between AMHOCN, ISC and Outcomes Expert Groups to interact and advise on jurisdictional requirements, AMHOCN work program and future directions.
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