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About the PMHC-MDS

Funding by the Australian Government Department of Health has been provided to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) through a Primary Mental Health Care flexible funding pool to support commissioning of mental health and suicide prevention services in six key service delivery areas:

  • low intensity psychological interventions for people with, or at risk of, mild mental illness;
  • psychological therapies delivered by mental health professionals to under serviced groups;
  • early intervention services for children and young people with, or at risk of mental illness;
  • services for people with severe and complex mental illness who are being managed in a primary care setting;
  • enhanced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health services; and
  • a regional approach to suicide prevention activities with a focus on improved follow-up for people who have attempted suicide or are at high risk of suicide.

The Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Data Set (PMHC MDS) will provide the basis for PHNs and the Department of Health to monitor and report on the quantity and quality of service delivery, and to inform future improvements in the planning and funding of primary mental health care services funded by the Australian Government.

The data reported by PHNs through the PMHC MDS will form the basis for production of key performance indicators used to monitor services delivered across the 31 PHN regions covered by PHNs.

Logicly has been contracted by the Department of Health to manage the PMHC MDS on its behalf.

A specification of the data items to be collected in the PMHC MDS is available.

If you would like to be notified about updates to this specification or announcements about the rollout of the PMHC MDS please subscribe to the PMHC MDS mailing list by sending an email to with the subject “subscribe”. This is not a general discussion list. Only moderated users can send messages to this list.

Information about how to get started on the PMHC MDS is available and will be regularly updated.



PMHC MDS Early Psychosis Youth Service (EPYS) Program reporting update - 1/5/2023

The following advice was communicated by the Department of Health and Aged Care via e-mail to PHN CEOs on 1 May 2023 in an “Early Psychosis Youth Service (EPYS) Program reporting and commissioning update”:

EPYS data reporting: PHN service providers are not required to report EPYS activity through the Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Dataset (PMHC MDS), and this is currently not supported. EPYS program data should be collected through the headspace Application Platform Interface (hAPI), based on the Minimum Data Set specified. The Department will work with headspace National to consider how EPYS data in hAPI may be submitted via the PMHC MDS in the future and what changes will be required to support that. We encourage PHNs to minimise duplicative reporting requirements for service providers, and provide feedback to the Department on data collection and reporting via


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