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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.



Update to the PMHC MDS - 3/11/2023

PMHC MDS Update v2.8.5

We are pleased to announce that PMHC MDS Update v2.8.5 was released on November 3, 2023.

The following updates have been applied in the reporting interface:

  • The App-3 — Suicide Risk Followup Reports has had a fix on the Unknown age group counting. Now, it includes episodes without service contacts
  • Improvement speed on the A6 reports
  • Fixed an error where totals for hAPI providers were showing counts of 0 at the Regional level

The following updates have been applied in the upload interface:

  • Return a validation error when the Service Contact Start Time field includes AM/PM

The following updates have been applied in the upload API:

  • Fixed an error where records with today’s date were incorrectly being identified as future dated
  • Fixed a bug that was causing uploads via the API to fail

The following updates have been applied in the data extract interface:

  • Added a new feature where users can now select the data specification type to be extracted
  • Fixed an error where headspace records were not included in extracts

The following updates have been applied in the user management interface:

  • Fixed an error where user roles were not being applied after users accepted their invitation

The following updates have been applied in the reporting specifications:

  • PMHC Outcome Measure Standard Deviations 2023 as XLSX

The user guides have been updated to reflect these updates. They are available at


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