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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 - Release of Version 4 for Upload and Data Entry - 14/08/2022 (v2.0.1)

PMHC MDS - Release of Version 4 for Upload and Data Entry

We are pleased to announce that PMHC MDS Update v2.0.1 was released on August 14, 2022.

Version 4 of the data specification is now available through Data Entry, Upload and Data Extracts in the PMHC MDS.

Version 4.0 introduces the recording of intake related activity (including activity for the Head to Health and AMHC programmes) in the PMHC MDS as part of the core specification. Please refer to the Department of Health Circular at and the Introduction section of the Version 4 specification at for overviews of the new specification.

Existing data entered using the HeadtoHelp Version 3 specification has been migrated to the Version 4 specification. You may wish to review your data.

Data Entry

The following changes have been made in the Data Entry interface:

  • In order to support the Intake concept three records have been added:

    • For the Intake context - Intake, IAR-DST
    • For the Treatment context - Intake Episode
    • All three records are required in the combined Intake/Treatment context
  • The following new fields have been added to the Episode record:

    • Program Type
    • Organisation type referred to at Episode conclusion
  • The following field has been retired from the Episode record:

    • Continuity of Service
  • The 8: Psychosocial Support response has been removed from the Principal Focus of Treatment Plan. Psychosocial intakes and episodes should now be reported using the Psychosocial response on Program Type on the Intake and Episode

  • The data model has been upgraded to allow multiple practitioners to be associated with a Service Contact. To support this, an extra record, Service Contact Practitioner has been introduced

  • The following new fields have been added to the Service Contact record:

    • Start Time
    • Funding Source

Uploads now support the Version 4.0.0 data specification as documented at

Uploads in the HeadtoHelp Version 3 specification will be converted to Version 4 during upload.

Please refer to for a description of the changes between the core Version 2 specification and the new core Version 4 specification.

Steps required to upgrade uploads from pre Version 4 based specifications are documented at


The Data Source selector on the reporting interface has been expanded to include:

  • Flexible Funding Pool
  • Head to Health
  • AMHC
  • Psychosocial
  • Bushfire 20
  • hAPI (headspace)

The following new reports have been implemented:

Further reports relevant to the new Version 4 data model are currently being developed.

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


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