Primary Mental Health Care and Alcohol and Other Drugs Minimum Data Sets

The Commonwealth Department of Health has developed a new Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Data Set (PMHC MDS) to capture the expanded scope of mental health services to be delivered with Integrated Mental Health Stepped Care Models of service delivery purchased by PHNs.

Additionally, services funded by PHNs for Alcohol and other drug treatment services (AODTS) will be required to enter data to the AODTS Minimum Data Set.

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is supporting contracted service providers to meet their data collection and reporting requirements.

From 1 July 2017 all organisations contracted by WAPHA to deliver individual client services

The Commonwealth Department of Health has developed a new Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Data Set (PMHC MDS) to capture the expanded scope of mental health services to be delivered with Integrated Mental Health Stepped Care Models of service delivery purchased by PHNs.

Additionally, services funded by PHNs for Alcohol and other drug treatment services (AODTS) will be required to enter data to the AODTS Minimum Data Set.

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is supporting contracted service providers to meet their data collection and reporting requirements.

From 1 July 2017 all organisations contracted by WAPHA to deliver individual client services under either Primary Mental Health Care funding or AODTS funding streams will be required to enter data into the new data sets.


About the Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Data Set

The PMHC MDS has been developed by the Commonwealth based upon the data set previously collected for Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) and provides a basic level of data about the services provided by funded agencies:

  • Who receives .....
  • What services .....
  • From whom .....
  • At what cost ......
  • With what effect ...…

The data set will be used by WAPHA and the Commonwealth Department of Health to understand service delivery and to inform future improvements in the planning and funding of primary mental health care services.


About the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services Minimum Data Set

PHNs are required to ensure that for those services in scope of the AODTS-NMDS and which are contracted by the PHN, that the AODTS-NMDS data is collected in line with the specifications published by the AIHW.

2017-18 Data collection will commence July 1st 2017. This is submitted once per year to the AIHW, in approximately August 2018.

Agencies in scope include:

  • All publicly-funded (at state, territory or Australian Government level) government and non-government agencies that provide one or more specialist alcohol and other drug treatment services, whether residential or non-residential.
  • Acute care hospitals or psychiatric hospitals if they have specialist alcohol and other drug units that provide treatment to non-admitted patients (for example, outpatient services).
  • Aboriginal or mental health services if they provide specialist alcohol and other drug treatment.

Clients in scope:

  • Clients who are assessed and/or accepted for treatment for their own or another person’s alcohol or other drug problem from an in-scope agency and are aged 10 or older at the start of the treatment episode.

2016-17 data collection information will commence in August 2017.

  • The PMHC MDS Service Provider Quick Reference Guide Version 1.1 was released on June 19, 2017

    by David Wray, over 2 years ago

    The PMHC MDS Service Provider QUICK REFERENCE Guide is a resource intended to describe key issues and concepts related to the collection of, and provision of data to, the PMHC MDS for mental health service providers. For more detailed information regarding the PMHC MDS, see the PMHC MDS Data Specifications.

    There are two versions of the PMHC MDS Service Provider Quick Reference Guide. If you are a service provider, it is recommended that you use the PDF version produced by the Department of Health.

    The PMHC MDS Service Provider Quick Reference Guide has been updated to correct links to...

    The PMHC MDS Service Provider QUICK REFERENCE Guide is a resource intended to describe key issues and concepts related to the collection of, and provision of data to, the PMHC MDS for mental health service providers. For more detailed information regarding the PMHC MDS, see the PMHC MDS Data Specifications.

    There are two versions of the PMHC MDS Service Provider Quick Reference Guide. If you are a service provider, it is recommended that you use the PDF version produced by the Department of Health.

    The PMHC MDS Service Provider Quick Reference Guide has been updated to correct links to the PMHC MDS documentation.


  • Recommended Changes to Client Consent Forms

    over 2 years ago

    WAPHA suggests using the following wording to gain client consent, taken from the Department of Health.

    “I consent to my information being provided by WAPHA to the Department of Health to be used for statistical and evaluation purposes designed to improve mental health services in Australia. I understand that this will include details about me such as date of birth, gender and types of services I use but will not include my name, address or Medicare number. I understand that my information will not be provided to the Department of Health if I do not give my consent.”

    WAPHA suggests using the following wording to gain client consent, taken from the Department of Health.

    “I consent to my information being provided by WAPHA to the Department of Health to be used for statistical and evaluation purposes designed to improve mental health services in Australia. I understand that this will include details about me such as date of birth, gender and types of services I use but will not include my name, address or Medicare number. I understand that my information will not be provided to the Department of Health if I do not give my consent.”

  • Get support from WAPHA with MDS . . .

    over 2 years ago
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    WAPHA is offering support to organisations as they implement any changes needed to start collecting MDS from 1 July 2017.

    PMHC MDS Project Officer, Kaylie Toll, can provide support to service providers including:

    • Organisation and User access
    • How to upload your reporting data
    • Data specification help
    • Site visits
    • General enquiries
    Feel free to post your questions in the Q&A section or contact Kaylie direct to access individual support.

    WAPHA is offering support to organisations as they implement any changes needed to start collecting MDS from 1 July 2017.

    PMHC MDS Project Officer, Kaylie Toll, can provide support to service providers including:

    • Organisation and User access
    • How to upload your reporting data
    • Data specification help
    • Site visits
    • General enquiries
    Feel free to post your questions in the Q&A section or contact Kaylie direct to access individual support.