Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy

NMHP PI 2a Participation rates by young people aged 16–30 with mental illness in education and employment

Page last updated: May 2011

  • Strategic issue - Social Inclusion and Recovery.
  • Rationale - Mental illness is more prevalent in early adult years, frequently having onset in late adolescence or early adulthood. For those affected, education can be disrupted causing premature exits from school or tertiary training, or disruptions in the transition from school to work. When this occurs, the impact can be long lasting, restricting the person's capacity to participate in a range of social and vocational roles over their lifetime.
  • Endorsement status - Endorsed by AHMAC Mental Health Standing Committee, February 2011.
  • Date last updated - January 2011.
Indicator details
National Mental Health Performance Framework
Data collection details

Indicator details

  • Description - Proportion of population aged 16–30 years with mental illness who are employed and/or are enrolled for study in a formal secondary or tertiary qualification.
  • Numerator - Number of people aged 16–30 years with mental illness with a labour force status of 'employed' and/or still at school and/or at another educational institution (studying full-time or part-time).
  • Denominator - Number of people aged 16–30 years with mental illness.
  • Computation - (Numerator Denominator) x 100.
  • Calculation conditions
    • Coverage/Scope - People aged 16–30 years identified as having any mental illness.
  • Definitions
    • Mental illness defined as self-reported mental and behavioural problems that have lasted for six months, or which the respondent expects to last for 6 months or more.
    • Employed defined as per the ABS quarterly Labour Force Survey as persons who had a job or business, or who undertook work without pay in a family business for a minimum of one hour per week. Includes persons who were absent from a job or business.
    • Participating in education includes people currently enrolled (secondary school, university/other higher education, TAFE/technical college, business college, industry skills centre, other) whether full-time or part-time. Enrolment in adult education courses, hobby and recreation courses is excluded.
    • Age range 16–30 years inclusive.
  • Presentation
    • Percentage.
    • The equivalent calculation for people without a mental illness will be published for comparative purposes.
  • Disaggregation - State/Territory, and age, subject to sample size.
  • Is specification interim or long-term? - Long-term.
  • Reported in - COAG National Action Plan Progress Reports (Indicator 10 'Participation rates by young people aged 16–30 with mental illness in education and employment'). Top of page

National Mental Health Performance Framework

  • Tier - Tier 1 – Health Status and Outcomes.
  • Primary domain - Human functioning.
  • Type of measure - Outcome.
  • Level at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking - State/Territory.

Data collection details

  • Data source(s)
    • Numerator - National Health Survey.
    • Denominator - National Health Survey.
  • Data source(s) type
    • Numerator - Face-to-face survey (Computer Assisted Personal Interview).
    • Denominator - Face-to-face survey (Computer Assisted Personal Interview).
  • Frequency of data source(s) collection
    • Numerator - Triennially.
    • Denominator - Triennially.