A Course on Classification and Mapping of Health Care Ecosystems: Use for Mental Health Service Research and Planning

Location: Acton, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University
Date: 16 August 2018 9:00am to 16 August 2018 05:00pm

Mental Health Ecosystem Maps: How to build and use them for better decision making?

Atlases of health are key tools for advanced policy planning. In Australia the mental health system has been mapped for half the population. How was this done and how can it help drive better evidence-informed decision making? This course will tell you how. 

The first session of this course is designed to provide participants with knowledge and skills in an ecosystem approach to the analysis of mental health care systems. In the second session, participants will learn how to use the Description, Evaluation and Classification of Services for Long Term Care (DESDE-LTC) instrument in the assessment of mental health services. This is critical to permit local, regional and international comparisons. The last session will take a place of practical exercises on mapping of mental health services using DESDE-LTC system.

This course will be delivered by the key Australian experts with practical, on the ground experience in gathering and mapping the data necessary to build useful maps and understand mental health ecosystems.

Who should attend?

  • University academic staff, professional staff and students
  • Government and non-government policy makers and advisors, staff and students
  • Community sector professionals


Session A Introduction to Health Ecosystem Analysis
9:00am - 9:30am

The Analysis of the Mental Health Ecosystem and the Context of Provision of Care: An Update

Luis Salvador-Carulla

9:30am - 10:00am

Preparing, Conducting and Assessing Atlases of Mental Health Care in Australia

John Mendoza

10:00am - 10:30am

Visualisation tools and GIS in Mental Health Care Ecosystem Analysis

Nasser Bagheri & Jose A. Salinas-Perez

10:30am - 11:00am Coffee Break
Session B The DESDE-LTC System
11:00am - 12:30pm

The Use of DESDE-LTC for Mapping Mental Health Care Services

MaryAnne Furst, Tanya Bell & Jose A. Salinas-Perez

12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch Break
Session C Practical Exercises in Mental Health
2:00pm - 5:00pm Mapping of Services using the DESDE-LTC System

Please note there is a maximum of 12 places available for this workshop.