Independent Hospital Pricing Authority - Needs assessment Report

During 2014 and 2015 Mental Health Australia assisted the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) to engage the mental health sector in the development of the new Australian Mental Health Care Classification (AMHCC).

It is IHPA’s intention that, in time, the AMHCC will cover all mental health care services requiring collection of data across all settings including admitted, non-admitted, public community mental health care and community managed organisations.

Mental Health Australia’s work with IHPA included consultations with mental health stakeholders about how the AHMCC can reflect the full range of services provided through the community managed mental health sector. These consultations informed Mental Health Australia’s Needs Assessment, prepared on IHPA’s behalf.

The Needs Assessment provides information on the capacity of mental health community managed organisations (CMOs) to collect the data necessary to adopt the draft AMHCC Version 1.0. It includes:

1.    A review of the data capacity building work completed to date within the sector

2.    The results of a national online survey of community managed mental health organisations carried out by Mental Health Australia, to assess their readiness to collect the specific data elements proposed for the draft AMHCC Version 1.0.

The Needs Assessment (and associated attachments) are available at the links below.

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IHPA, fact sheet, Activity based funding, ABF, Australian Mental Health Care Classification, AMHCC