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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 sympa@lists.pmhc-mds.com with the subject “subscribe news@lists.pmhc-mds.com”. 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.

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Continuity of Support and other data specification changes in the PMHC MDS - 4/6/2019

Continuity of Support and PMHC MDS upload format 2.0

On 1 July 2019, a new field “Continuity of Support” will be added to the Episode record of the PMHC MDS.

In order to incorporate these changes, the upload specification for the PMHC MDS will be updated. As of the 1 July 2019, the PMHC MDS will accept uploads in both the current 1.0 format and a new 2.0 format as documented at http://docs.pmhc-mds.com/projects/data-specification/en/v2/.

A summary of the changes between version 1.0 and 2.0 are as follows:

  • Version 2.0 introduces a new metadata file or worksheet. In version 1.0 a version number had to be specified as the first row in every row/worksheet. This row has been removed from version 2.0 and the version number has been moved into a separate worksheet. See https://docs.pmhc-mds.com/projects/data-specification/en/v2/upload-specification.html#metadata-file

  • The following new fields will be added to the Organisation record:
    • Start Date
    • End Date
  • The following field will be retired from the Organisation record:
    • Provider Organisation Status
  • The following new field will be added to the Episode record:
    • Continuity of Support

The user guide will shortly be updated to reflect these changes. The latest version of the user guide is available at https://docs.pmhc-mds.com/projects/user-documentation/en/latest/.


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