In this section are a range of tools that can be used to make decisions about a consumers’ mental health status at a single point in time.
Key among the AMHOCN stakeholders are the individual clinicians who are collecting the data. AMHOCN has developed a ‘Web Decision Support Tool (WDST)’, that provides clinicians with information about consumers’ mental health status at a single point in time, and with information on whether their mental health status changes during the course of an episode of care. Clinicians can enter information about an individual consumer, and see how this consumer compares with other similar consumers in the same type of setting across the nation.
In public mental health systems in Australia, consumers should be offered a consumer self-assessment measure on admission, on discharge from a service and at the request of the consumer.
Although the measure varies across jurisdictions, the majority of states and territories use the Kessler – 10. AMHOCN is making this measure available to consumers to complete online and are encouraging consumers to then take the results to their clinicians to discuss in more detail, or seek other appropriate services.