Australian Community Indicators Network
This seminar features three presentations on health related community indicator research projects at the national and local level. A brief summary of the outcomes from the Community Indicators Consortium Summit held in Chicago on October 2013 is also presented.
In his opening address of the ACIN seminar, Geoff Woolcock provides the summary outcomes from his recent attendance at the Community Indicators Consortium Summit held in Chicago.
The first presentation is jointly provided by Georgie Harman and Frank Quinlan about the development of national targets and indicators for mental health reform. The COAG established Expert Reference Group's (ERG) work and final framework is outlined in this session. The group was setup to provide independent advice on a set of ambitious and achievable national, whole of life, outcome based indicators and targets for mental health that could be understood by the community and drive systemic change. The ERG recently gave to governments a proposed framework of targets and indicators, informed by extensive consultations with people who experienced mental health issues, their families and other supporters, clinicians, researchers, non-government organisations, peak bodies, Ministerial Councils and other key stakeholders.
In the second presentation Paul Jelfs shares the ABS experience in developing community health indicators at the national, State/Territory and local levels for many organisations. Not only does it provide a range of data sets that measure health directly, but it also provides information that helps interpret and understand these indicators. The ABS also assists in this process through methodological advice (e.g. sampling, collection methods and analytical approaches) and undertaking testing for surveys (e.g. cognitive and field testing) and assists in the reporting and quality assurance processes around this information. Paul relays a number of experiences in how community health indicators are formed, reported, actioned and evaluated and discusses how information users might work with the ABS to shape the collection and reporting of health information to build better health indicators.
The third presentation includes Mia Bromley's collaborative community health indicator research to inform the work of Medicare Locals (MLs). A key task for MLs is the completion of a comprehensive health care needs assessment and prioritisation exercise to inform the development and coordination of locally focused services. In 2012, Hunter ML worked in partnership with the Hunter Valley Research Foundation (HVRF) to inform both strategic and operational planning. This assisted in identifying statistically significant health service access barriers and health risk information at LGA level, enabling targeted attention in geographic areas of particular need. The development of this partnership with HVRF has strengthened Hunter ML’s research capacity and highlighted opportunities for further collaboration. HVRF and the Hunter Medical Research Institute will work in collaboration to identify priority areas of work for 2014 and to develop a framework to assess the impact of Hunter ML on the health care system and health outcomes in the Hunter.
Geoff Woolcock, Chair of the ACIN Steering Group, is Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Human Services and Social Work, Urban Research Program, Griffith University – Logan in Queensland. Geoff is particularly interested in both indicators of social sustainability and the factors that contribute to building child and youth friendly communities.
Georgie Harman is Acting CEO at the National Mental Health Commission and has a broad range of experience in health related fields in the community, public and private sectors, overseas and in Australia. Georgie’s work at the Commission gives her insights into the many and complex whole of life issues facing individuals, families, service providers and workers, professional peaks and funders.
Frank Quinlan is CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing the Council's vision of "better mental health for all Australians". Frank is an energetic advocate for disadvantaged Australians, for the community and the not-for-profit sector.
Dr Paul Jelfs is the First Assistant Statistician of the ABS Social, Health and Labour Division. The Division is responsible for developing, compiling, analysing and disseminating statistics that describe the characteristics and well-being of Australia's population. Paul has led three major survey developments - the Australian Health Survey, the Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers and the Patient Experience Survey.
Mia Bromley is Health Planning Manager at Hunter Medicare Local. Mia's role incorporates Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, Consultation and Health Planning. Mia has expertise in population health data collection, analysis and reporting and a particular interest in health equity and the social and environmental determinants of health.
Presentation by Georgie Harman and Frank Quinlan
Presentation by Paul Jelfs
Presentation by Mia Bromley
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