Who are the missing middle?

Who are the missing middle?

Obtaining a consensus decision about the missing middle

There has been a lot of attention in the recent Productivity Commission into Mental Health about individuals who are not having their needs met or are ‘falling through the cracks’ in the mental health system. These individuals are often referred to as the ‘missing middle’.

Unfortunately, a common barrier to improving the missing middle’s circumstances is that the term is not clearly defined. Most people could guess who they think the ‘missing middle’ are, but without a group consensus, we could be guessing at different things.

This study will use a Delphi method to reach agreement on answers to questions such as:

  • Who are the ‘missing middle’ in youth mental health?
  • Are there different subgroups within the ‘missing middle’? 
  • What terminology do you use to refer to them?

The study's first stage involved brainstorming a list of answers to open-ended questions in a short online survey.

Now in the second stage, we invite those working in youth mental health or with a lived experience (as a young person or carer) to rate the answers from stage one based on whether you agree or disagree with them.

You will also have an opportunity to add any answers that might be missing. If less than 80 per cent of group members agree on the answers, another round will take place.

Complete the survey

If you would have any questions or feedback please contact Jana Menssink, Project Coordinator at jana.menssink@orygen.org.au

Who can I contact if I have any concerns about the project?

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne (Ethics ID: 2056430.1). If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Email: HumanEthics-complaints@unimelb.edu.au. All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project.