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.

  • This questionnaire forms part of the new Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Data Set (PMHC MDS) implementation and roll out. Your answers will help inform WAPHA of your requirements and the smooth implementation of the new reporting requirements.

    Your answers will remain confidential and will only be used by the WAPHA data team. 


    This questionnaire forms part of the new Primary Mental Health Care Minimum Data Set (PMHC MDS) implementation and roll out. Your answers will help inform WAPHA of your requirements and the smooth implementation of the new reporting requirements.

    Your answers will remain confidential and will only be used by the WAPHA data team. 


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