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Community mental health care NMDS 2020–21

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term722221
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 20/01/2021
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

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 in the community; that is patients/clients not admitted to admitted patient mental health care services or residential mental health care services.

The scope includes:

  • ambulatory mental health care provided by service units covering all target populations.

The scope excludes:

  • all care to admitted patients, including same day admitted patient care delivered by ambulatory mental health care service units
  • 'in-reach' mental health service contacts, that is, service contacts provided to patients admitted to admitted patient mental health care services or residential mental health services
  • support services that are not specialised mental health care services (see Specialised mental health service) and services provided by non-government organisations.

Excluded from the CMHC NMDS scope is all activity reported to:

  • the Admitted patient care NMDS
  • the Residential mental health care NMDS.

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

Statistical unit:Help on this term

Mental health service contact

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2020
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2021
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Glossary items
Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set include:

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See also Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2020–21 Health, Superseded 23/12/2020

Supersedes Community mental health care NMDS 2019–20 Health, Superseded 16/01/2020

Has been superseded by Community mental health care NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 20/01/2021

See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence NBEDS 2020–21 Health, Superseded 09/02/2021

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
-Episode of care—mental health legal status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—principal diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 11th 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/unknown 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 2016) N(9)Mandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) 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 XMandatory1
-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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