Adapting the Australian Public Mental Health Performance Indicators to the contextual needs of a remote area child and youth mental health service

Santhanam, Radhika, McEwan, Alexandra, Bainbridge, Roxanne, Hunter, Ernest and Haswell-Elkins, Melissa (2009) Adapting the Australian Public Mental Health Performance Indicators to the contextual needs of a remote area child and youth mental health service. Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, 9 1: 1-7.


Author Santhanam, Radhika
McEwan, Alexandra
Bainbridge, Roxanne
Hunter, Ernest
Haswell-Elkins, Melissa
Title Adapting the Australian Public Mental Health Performance Indicators to the contextual needs of a remote area child and youth mental health service
Journal name Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin
ISSN 1445-7253
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Editor Neil Thompson
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
111704 Community Child Health
111714 Mental Health
920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions)
920410 Mental Health
920413 Social Structure and Health
Abstract Methods: The project’s third phase utilised an action research framework to adapt performance indicators and involved: identifying a theoretical framework for evaluation; direction from steering and evaluation committees; the conduct and analyses of questionnaire information fro stakeholders; narrative interviews with practitioners and finally a critical examination for the national document. These led to a proposal to modify the Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services document to suit the contextual needs of a remote service. Results: Analysis indicated that for the service to be culturally and contextually orientated the model needs to encompass activities beyond the range of clinical intervention - thus the introduction of two concurrent, intersecting dimensions of ‘Community Engagement’ and ‘Therapeutic Care’ under the key domains of service delivery as outlined in the Australian Public Mental Health Service document. These additional dimensions led to an increased match between practice standards (service expectations from people on the ground i.e. communities) and efficacy of the service (expectations from national standards). Conclusions and Implications: Two additions were made to the Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services framework to capture the essential elements of service delivery for remote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander populations.
Keyword Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
remote child and youth mental health service
performance indicators
service development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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