Reliable data is essential to understanding how people experience their mental health, and how our mental health and social support systems respond to them. This is the evidence that can make the case for change, and reveal whether the reforms we make are effective in improving people’s lives.
Under the Mental Health Commission Act, the Commission is required to monitor and report on the implementation of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024, and also to review and evaluate services and programs provided to people who have a mental illness. In addition the Commission is expected to undertake and commission research, innovation and policy development.
In order to properly fulfil these functions, the Commission is working to increase the amount and quality of data from which it is able to draw in the course of its work. It is doing this through strategic projects with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, universities, the NSW Government and others to develop and analyse new data-sets or to link existing ones - with the potential to produce important new insights that can guide service development and planning.
At the same time, the Commission has created a suite of interactive presentations and snapshots which make mental NSW health-related data more accessible to consumers, academics and the whole community, supporting research and advocacy to improve mental health outcomes. By allowing users to dynamically create visual representations of data relationships, according to their particular interests, the Commission hopes to make a positive contribution to evidence-based policy development and public discussion.
PLEASE NOTE: as the interactive graph files are complex, loading or updating may be slow depending on the speed of your internet connection.