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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 - 10/03/2020

PMHC MDS Update v0.35.0

We are pleased to announce that PMHC MDS Update v0.35.0 was released on March 10, 2020.

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

  • Multiple updates have been made to improve the PMHC MDS compliance with WCAG AA 2.0 accessibility standards
  • Added links from data entry fields to the data specification

The following features have been implemented in the reporting interface:

  • All the A series, B1, B2, B3 and B4 and all the C series reports have been updated so that they can filter episodes using the !br20 episode tag that has been introduced in order to support the Australian Government Mental Health Response to Bushfire Trauma. 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.
  • A11 - Data Quality Report: Episodes with no service contact.

The following features have been implemented in the upload interface:

  • Upload errors have been improved so that they show both the row the error is occurring in and the key of the record pertaining to the error.

The following bugfixes have been implemented in the upload interface:

  • Fixed a bug when the checking of episode end dates against collection occasion dates where collection occasion dates were being modified in the same upload.

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


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