In 2004, three Mental Health Outcomes Expert Groups (aligned with the main age related program areas within mental health services) were established to provide clinical and technical advice on the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) measures used to monitor outcomes for mental health consumers. Each Group comprised representatives from states and territories, invited experts and consumer and carer representatives. The three Expert Groups (Adult, Child and Adolescent and Older Persons) provided advice on the implementation of the NOCC suite and the use of these measures to improve clinical practice and service quality. The Expert Groups have also provided advice to the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN) on training issues and the analysis and reporting of the NOCC data. The Expert Groups were funded to run until June 2009.
During 2008 – 2009, the Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC) reviewed progress of 42 initiatives identified in the National Mental Health Information Priorities (2nd Edition). As the Expert Groups were one of these initiatives, MHISSC considered their role and the need for future advice on outcome measurement and associated mental health information issues.
At its September 2009 meeting, MHISSC endorsed new Terms of reference which would see the establishment of a National Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel which will meet three times per year, and population specific advisory panels which will mainly meet via teleconference or communicate via other electronic means but which might also meet once per year. These advisory panels will be: Adult Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel, Older Persons Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel and Forensic Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel.
Download the Terms of Reference for the Expert Panels.