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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 - 1/9/2022

PMHC MDS Update v2.0.6

We are pleased to announce that PMHC MDS Update v2.0.6 was released on September 1, 2022.

The following changes have been applied in the data entry interface:

  • The “Psychosocial” response for the Principal Focus of Treatment plan has been re-enabled when creating “!wayback” tagged episodes.

    The Wayback extension is currently being upgraded to be based on the PMHC Version 4.0 specification. Further advice will be provided when the upgraded specification is released regarding recording of Psychosocial episodes.

The following improvements have been made for uploads:

  • Uploads in the HeadToHelp 3.0 specification will generate an error if any IAR-DST measures exist for episodes that are not in the intake context.
  • Uploads in the PMHC 2.0 or WayBack 3.0 specification will allow existing episodes to change their Principal Focus of Treatment plan to the “Psychosocial” response.

The following improvements have been implemented in reporting:

  • The headers in the CSV format for the I series reports were not formatting correctly
  • The PMHC option has been temporarily reinstated in the Data Source option. Note: In a future release, selection of multiple data sources will be enabled and the PMHC option will be removed again.

The following bug fixes have been implemented in the data entry interface:

  • Date picker no longer auto displays when hovering over a date field
  • Duplicate a service contact was not prefilling the two practitioner fields
  • Inactive practitioners selection was missing from the service contact add/edit forms
  • Service contact Start Time was not displaying for “!wayback” tagged episodes
  • Fixed an internal error for some data entry

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


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