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Community mental health care NMDS 2015-16

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term565694
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 04/09/2015
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
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The Community mental health care national minimum data set (CMHC NMDS) includes data about Mental health service contacts provided by specialised mental health services for patients/clients, other than those admitted to psychiatric hospitals or designated psychiatric units in acute care hospitals, and those resident in 24 hour staffed specialised residential mental health services.

The scope covers all ambulatory mental health care service units that deliver clinical care and are administered or funded by state and territory governments.

The scope of the collection includes ambulatory clinical mental health care provided by service units covering all target populations and includes general adult, child & adolescent, youth, older persons and forensic community mental health service units. 

The scope excludes ambulatory equivalent same day separations.

The scope excludes support services that are not specialised mental health care services (see Specialised mental health service) and services provided by non-government organisations.

The following metadata items are of particular relevance to the scope of the CMHC NMDS:

Ambulatory mental health care service

Specialised mental health service

Collection and usage attributes

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Mental health service contact

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2015
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2016
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Glossary items
Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.

Admitted patient mental health care service

Ambulatory care

Ambulatory mental health care service

Geographic indicator


Residential mental health care service


Relational attributes

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See also Activity based funding: Mental health care DSS 2015-16 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

Supersedes Community mental health care NMDS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

See also Community mental health care NMDS 2015–16: National Community Mental Health Care Database, 2017; Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 11/10/2018

Has been superseded by Community mental health care NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 17/08/2017

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Ambulatory patient mental health care cluster Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

Parent DSS specific attributes +

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-Episode of care—mental health legal status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—principal diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 8th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Establishment—region identifier, X[X]Mandatory1
-Establishment—region name, text XXX[X(57)]Mandatory1
-Establishment—sector, code NMandatory1
-Establishment—service unit cluster identifier, XXXXXMandatory1
-Establishment—service unit cluster name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
-Mental health service contact—patient/client participation indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Mental health service contact—service contact date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Mental health service contact—service duration, total minutes NNNMandatory1
-Mental health service contact—session type, code NMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)Mandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2011) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—marital status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Person—unique identifier used indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service organisation—organisation identifier, XXXXMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service organisation—organisation name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—ambulatory service unit identifier, XXXXXXMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—ambulatory service unit name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—target population group, code NMandatory1
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