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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 - 22/10/2018

PMHC MDS Update v0.24.2

We are pleased to announce that PMHC MDS Update v0.24.2 was released on October 22, 2018.

The following features have been implemented in the reporting interface:

  • System report C3 - Episode type by Service Contact Intensity.

The following updates and bug fixes have been implemented in the reporting interface:

  • Column totals have been added to all reports where appropriate.
  • The Y axis on the A2 report now starts at 0.
  • Totals for the B series reports are reported as 100% not ‘-’, when appropriate.
  • The B4 report is now only available to users who have the Reporting role at a PHN. It was not meaningful to users who only had a reporting role at a Provider Organisation.
  • The C series reports now indicate whether counts or percentages are being displayed.
  • The C1 report has been updated so that where the Client - Estimated Date of Birth Flag is set to code 8 (indicating that Date of Birth is a dummy date), records with this value will not have their Date of Birth converted to a valid age group but be mapped to ‘Unknown’.
  • The C2 reports has been optimised so that it runs faster
  • The 7 major categories for diagnoses used in reporting have been changed so that there are now 8 categories for Principal Diagnosis and 9 for Additional Diagnosis. The updated categories are:
    • 000 - No additional diagnosis (Additional Dx only)
    • 1xx - Anxiety disorders
    • 2xx - Affective (Mood) disorders
    • 3xx - Substance use disorders
    • 4xx - Psychotic disorders
    • 5xx - Disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence not listed elsewhere
    • 6xx - Other mental disorders
    • 9xx except 999 - No formal mental disorder but subsyndromal problems
    • 999 - Missing or unknown

The following updates and bug fixes have been implemented for uploads:

  • Resolved a race condition when deleting data via uploads.