Mental Health Analytics Webinar

Wednesday 10 March
10.00 am - 12.15 pm

Date: Wednesday 10 March (AEDT)
Time: 10.00 am – 12.15 pm


Speakers and topics


How to register

Join us on Wednesday 10 March (AEDT) to take part in a conversation about how analytics is changing the way we understand and manage mental health.

Our leading industry speakers will provide insight on:

  • Classifying and pricing mental health services in hospital and community care
  • The impact of COVID-19 on population mental health
  • Identifying, characterising and improving the management of mental injuries among injured workers
  • Reciprocal improvements to data and policy in suicide prevention.

The discussion will be facilitated by Taylor Fry Director and former NSW Minister for Mental Health The Hon Pru Goward.

This webinar is a must for anyone looking to understand how data and analytics can inform complex mental health issues.



Speakers and topics ...


Samuel Webster

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)


Topic: Pricing mental health services – a national perspective
IHPA developed the Australian Mental Health Care Classification (AMHCC) version 1.0 to provide accurate and nationally consistent data about services provided across different mental health care settings. IHPA has been collecting national AMHCC activity and cost data since 1 July 2016. This presentation will cover:

  • Development of AMHCC
  • Joint work of IHPA, Taylor Fry and Mireille Campbell Consulting in developing an AMHCC cost model for activity-based funding of hospital-delivered mental health services
  • Technical and policy challenges faced in implementing the cost model.

Speaker bio
Samuel is Director, Pricing at IHPA, where he leads a team of mathematicians and statisticians to develop the pricing models used to determine the Commonwealth contribution to public hospital funding. In 2015, he led the delivery of the National Efficient Cost for small rural hospitals and, later, the National Efficient Price for ABF 2016 and 2017.


Amy Clarke

WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria


Topic: Improving understanding of mental health and injury in workers using unstructured data
WorkSafe Victoria is interested in gaining a more nuanced picture of mental injury in the workplace by using traditionally underutilised data sources, such as case notes, independent medical examination reports and medical advisory. Referring to a large sample of more than 4000 mental injury claims in the Victorian workers compensation scheme, this presentation will discuss how text mining has helped WorkSafe improve its understanding of mental health and injury in workers by summarising the prevalence and profiles of:

  • Detailed mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety and PTSD
  • Psychosocial hazards leading to claims, such as work pressure and bullying
  • Treatments used by claimants, including drug treatment and psychotherapies.

Speaker bio
Amy is a data translator and analyst, leading analytical projects at WorkSafe Victoria. A graduate of Latrobe University’s Master of Business Analytics program, she has a diverse background in the small business, sporting and government sector on digital and technology projects. Having recently led a major project on mental health, where unrealised data helped improve characterisation of mental injuries, she has pioneered a fundamental building block to improving the ways WorkSafe can use data to understand the mental wellbeing of workers.


Grant Sara

NSW Ministry of Health

NSW Ministry of Health


Topic: Measuring Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 in NSW
The COVID-19 pandemic has many potential impacts on community mental health and wellbeing. At this stage, the effects have been complex and varied, with different patterns between age groups and regions. This presentation will:

  • Describe NSW Health’s approach to measuring and monitoring these issues
  • Describe an overall measurement framework for mental health impacts of COVID-19
  • Summarise data from crisis lines, Medicare-funded mental health services, community mental health care, emergency departments, hospital admissions and the recently launched NSW Suicide Monitoring System.

Speaker bio
Grant is Director of InforMH, System Information and Analytics Branch, NSW Ministry of Health. InforMH aims to harness available data to support and improve mental health policy, planning and clinical care in NSW. In late 2020, in partnership with NSW Department of Communities and Justice, the team implemented the NSW Suicide Monitoring System. Grant’s research uses linked datasets to understand effects of amphetamines in people with psychosis, premature mortality in people with mental health conditions, and variations in clinical care and diagnostic practice in mental health.


Stephen Scott

StandBy - Support After Suicide

StandBy - Support After Suicide


Topic: Reciprocal improvements to data and policy in suicide prevention
Policy makers and organisations delivering services and programs in suicide prevention require high quality data, but struggle with a pervasive lack of accessible and timely data and rigorous evaluation of approaches in the field. At the same time, there is a need for data science to be more subject to governance processes that improve public value, leading to closer links between data and policy, and more effective suicide-prevention responses.

Drawing on current issues in suicide-prevention policy, this presentation will discuss:

  • Opportunities for improved policy using data-driven insights
  • The importance of sound policy making in creating more effective use of data
  • Strategies for policy makers and service providers to more effectively integrate data into their efforts to improve citizens’ lives.

Speaker bio
Stephen is the National Partnerships Manager at StandBy, Australia’s nation-wide support service for people bereaved or impacted by suicide. Prior to this role, Stephen managed the suicide-prevention portfolio for New South Wales from 2018 to 2021. This included the design and implementation of the Towards Zero Suicides program in New South Wales, the largest single investment in suicide prevention of any Australian state or territory government. He has also had leading roles in developing state and national strategy for suicide prevention.