Overview

The MHEDP Explorer is a web-based application developed using the R programming language to report on the number of mental health emergency department (ED) presentations across defined statistical areas (SA3) in Victoria. The geographic map can be shaded based on the measure chosen, i.e:

  • % MH ED of Total ED Presentations - The percentage of mental health ED presentations over the total ED presentations for the given area/region
  • Mental Health ED Presentations - The number of mental health ED presentations for the given area/region
  • Total ED Presentations - The total ED presentations for the given area/region
  • Mental Health ED Presentations per 100,000 Population - A crude incidence rate for the number of mental health emergency department presentations per 100,000 population

The Data

The data was retrieved from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) which is publicly available. Specifically, the Mental health services provided in emergency departments 2017-18 data set was downloaded and used for this Shiny app. The data can be downloaded here.

To draw the statistical area boundaries, Victorian shape files were downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and rendered into a map. Specifically, the Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) ASGS Ed 2016 Digital Boundaries in ESRI Shapefile Format was used. This can be downloaded here.

Two data sources have been used to calculate the mental health ED presentations per 100,000 rate, namely, the mental health ED presentations data provided by the AIHW and the population data from the AIHW. Population data is publicly available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). These are not officially calculated and/or published rates and should only be treated as indicative only. The population data can be downloaded here.

Options


Please allow a few seconds for the map to render.

Markers represent public hospitals with an emergency department within the given area/region. You can deselect specific SA4 areas by simply clicking on the area and deleting them.

Mental Health Emergency Department Presentations in Victoria

References


05/09/2019

  • Added crude incidence rate of mental health ED presentations per 100,000 population.
  • Added statistical area level 4 as a filter.

04/09/2019

  • Added leaflet geographic map of Victoria and mental health ED presentations.
  • Added an option for selecting measures.