The SA Mental Health Commission is building on state, national and international research to bring together data that measures wellbeing in South Australia.
During widespread consultation on what should be in the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022, the Commission heard the call for performance measures that are outcomes rather than activity focussed.
The Commission identified the lack of a single measure or comprehensive framework that provides a robust methodology for measuring wellbeing.
There continues to be a growing body of evidence at state, national and international levels that there is a strong case for measuring wellbeing. In practice, however, we know that wellbeing is a multifaceted construct that is open to interpretation and difficult to measure.
We are partnering with organisations such as the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), SA Health and The Child Development Council to:
- Consider various definitions and conceptual frameworks for wellbeing
- Gather and analyse current research and practice in South Australia, nationally and internationally
- Explore different methodologies for constructing indicators to measure wellbeing
- Identify current and future data sources available in South Australia to support the development of indicators
Links to the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022:
Strategic Direction 7:
Measure, monitor and communicate progress toward improvements in mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
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