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Older Person Forum

Forum participants

Participants in the Older Persons Forum were:

  • Sydney South West Area Health Service – Braeside Hospital Aged Care (NSW)

  • Aged Mental Health, Northwestern Health – Melbourne Health (VIC)

  • Aged Care Mental Health Service, Princess Alexandra Health Service District (QLD)

  • Bentley Elderly Mental Health Service, South Metro Area Health (WA)

  • Repatriation General Hospital (SA)

Comparative Indicators Workbook

Comparative Indicators 3 year times series, 2004-05 to 2006-07, Older Persons Mental Health Services Forum and its accompanying graphical presentation present the national KPIs for each of the organisations in tabular and graphical format. All KPIs are derived from three years of data (2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07) submitted by each organisation and constructed according to the specifications and definitions described in National Mental Health Benchmarking Project Manual.

The second part of the workbook groups the national KPIs, plus a number of supplementary indicators, into 10 themes:

  • Comparative resources available to the organisation

  • Efficiency in use of resources

  • Productivity and activity of ambulatory services4. Continuity of care

  • Access to ambulatory care

  • Access to acute inpatient care

  • Acute Inpatient casemix – (a) Diagnosis (b) HoNOS at admission © RUG-ADL at admission

  • Ambulatory care casemix – (a) Diagnosis and (b) HoNOS

  • Depression – Acute Inpatient separations

  • Dementia – Acute Inpatient separations

The themes were selected only on the basis of what is feasible from the available data. They were not intended to restrict participating organisations to the eight categories, nor pre-empt where organisations focused their benchmarking effort.

KPI Review

To facilitate the evaluation of the suitability of the 13 national indicators for benchmarking mental health services, each forum completed a comprehensive review of the national Key Performance indicators (KPIs) utilising a set of criteria and made recommendations regarding their definition, specification, targets and appropriateness for benchmarking at the mental health service organisation level. The results of the review by the Older Person Forum Forum include:

Part one - an overview of the discussion and recommendations made by the Older Person Forum in relation to the nationally agreed KPIs.

Part two - outcomes of the forum discussion  on a range of additional and supplementary performance and contextual indicators. These indicators were reviewed against their relevance, utility, feasibility and interpretability. Recommendations were made in regards to the appropriateness of each indicator for benchmarking and whether the indicator should be considered for inclusion within the national indicator set (either in addition to or as replacement for an existing indicator).

Special Projects

The Older Person Forum undertook special projects on length of stay, additional indicators, such as falls, and the utilisation of allied health in Older Persons mental health services.