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Articles by AMHOCN team members and others

Listed below are articles and resources authored by AMHOCN staff and other collaborators on key issues in outcome measurement and mental health information.

2017

Burgess P, Harris M, Coombs T, Pirkis J. A systematic review of clinician-rated instruments to assess adults’ levels of functioning in specialised public sector mental health service. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2017; 51(4): 338–354

2015

Burgess P, Pirkis J, Coombs T. Routine outcome measurement in Australia. International Review of Psychiatry 2015; 27(4): 264-275

2014

McKay R, Coombs T, Duerden D. The art and science of using routine outcome measurement in mental health benchmarking. Australasian Psychiatry 2014; 22(1):13-18

2013

Coombs T, Nicholas A, Pirkis J. A review of social inclusion measures. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2013; 47(10): 906-919

2012

Burgess P, Coombs T, Clarke A, Dickson R, Pirkis J. Achievements in mental health outcome measurement in Australia: Reflections on progress made by the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN). International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2012; 6(1): ArtID 4

Brann P, Alexander M, Coombs T. Routine outcome measurement in youth mental health: A comparison of two clinician rated measures, HoNOSCA and HoNOS. Psychiatry Research 2012;.200(2-3): 884-889

McKay R, Coombs T. An exploration of the ability of routine outcome measurement to represent clinically meaningful information regarding individual consumers. Australasian Psychiatry 2012; 20(5): 433-437

McKay R, Coombs T, Pirkis J. A Framework for exploring the potential of routine outcome measurement to improve mental health care. Australasian Psychiatry 2012; 20(2): 127-133

2011

Burgess P, Pirkis J, Coombs T, Rosen A. Assessing the value of existing recovery measures for routine use in Australian mental health services. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2011; Feb 11.

Coombs T, Stapley K, Pirkis, J. The multiple uses of routine mental health outcome measures in Australia and New Zealand: Experiences from the field. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(3): 247-253

Furber G, Brann P, Skene C, Allison S. Benchmarking the Cost Efficiency of Community Care in Australian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Implications for Future Benchmarking. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(3): 226-231

Callaly T, Trauer T, Hyland M, Coombs T, Berk M. An examination of risk factors for readmission to acute adult mental health services within 28 days of discharge in the Australian setting. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(3): 221-225

Coombs T, Geyer T, Pirkis J. Benchmarking adult mental health organizations. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(3) 215-220

Coombs T, Taylor M, Pirkis, J. Benchmarking forensic mental health organizations. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(2):133-142

Brann P, Walter G, Coombs T. Benchmarking child and adolescent mental health organizations. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(2): 125-132

McKay R, McDonald R, Coombs T. Benchmarking older persons mental health organizations. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(1):45-8.

Coombs T, Walter G, Brann P. Overview of the national mental health benchmarking project. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19(1):37-44.

2009

Burgess P, Pirkis J, Coombs T. Modelling candidate effectiveness indicators for mental health services. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 43(6):531-538.

Willis A, Deane FP, Coombs T. Improving clinicians' attitudes toward providing feedback on routine outcome assessments. International journal of Mental Health Nursing 2009; 18(3):211-5.

Black J, Lewis T, McIntosh P, Callaly T, Coombs T, Hunter A, Moore L. It’s not that bad: the views of consumers and carers about routine outcome measurement in mental health. Australian Health Review 2009;33(1):93-9.

Prowse L, Coombs T. The use of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) to inform discharge and transfer decisions in community mental health services. Australian Health Review 2009; 33(1):13-8.

Burgess P, Trauer T, Coombs T, McKay R, Pirkis J. What does ‘clinical significance’ mean in the context of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) family of measures? Australasian Psychiatry 2009; 17:141-148.

2008

Guthrie D, McIntosh M, Callaly T, Trauer T, Coombs T. Consumer attitudes towards the use of routine outcome measures in a public mental health service: a consumer-driven study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2008; 17(2):92-7.

2006

Burgess P, Pirkis J, Coombs T. Do adults in contact with Australia’s public sector mental health services get better? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2006; 3:9.

Callaly T, Hyland M, Coombs T, Trauer T. Routine outcome measurement in public mental health: results of a clinician survey. Australian Health Review 2006; 30(2):164-73.

2005

Coombs T, Hirini P. Training in the health of the nation outcome scales: An Australasian opportunity to integrate cultural context in mental health outcome ratings. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling 2005; 11(1):34-39.

Pirkis J, Burgess P, Kirk P, Dodson S, Coombs T, Williamson M. A review of the psychometric properties of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) family of measures. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2005; 3:76.

Pirkis J, Burgess P, Coombs T, Clarke A, Jones-Ellis D, Dickson R. Routine measurement of outcomes in Australia’s public sector mental health services. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2005; 2:8.

1999

Burgess P, Pirkis J, Buckingham W, Eagar K, Solomon S. Developing a casemix classification for specialist mental health services. Casemix Quarterly 1999; 1(4): 4-20