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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.

Strategic Data Pty Ltd 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 - 24/01/2020

PMHC MDS Update v0.33.2

We are pleased to announce that PMHC MDS Update v0.33.2 was released on January 23, 2020.

The following features have been implemented in the data entry interface:

  • The Department has informed PHN’s of the reporting arrangements associated with the Australian Government Mental Health Response to Bushfire Trauma. In order to support this the PMHC MDS has been updated to capture in-scope service activity by using the reserved Episode tag !br20. Please refer to for full details of when and how to use this tag. Note that while PHN’s funded under the Response must report in-scope activity using this flag, all PHN’s may use the flag to do so.

The following features have been implemented in the reporting interface:

  • A10 - Data Quality Report: Missing and invalid Referral Dates
  • B6 - Client Outcomes

The following features have been implemented in the upload interface:

  • A warning has been added to version 1 uploads to remind users that version 1 will no longer be supported after June 30, 2020.

The following bugfixes have been implemented in the data entry interface:

  • The layout for viewing and editing SDQ subscales/totals has been redesigned to make it clearer that the Total Difficulties Score should be the sum of the Emotional Symptoms, Conduct Problem, Hyperactivity and Peer Problem scales.
  • The SDQ Details page now shows the calculated subscale scores when item scores have been entered.

The following bugfixes have been implemented in the upload interface:

  • Updated error messages when episode end dates clash with organisation start and end dates to make them clearer.

The following bugfixes have been implemented in the data extract interface:

  • Data extracts will now include data for for all organisations that were active within the specified time range, even if an organisation is not active now.

The user guide has been updated to reflect these updates. It is available at


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