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Residential mental health care NMDS 2022–23

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term742165
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standardisation pending 22/10/2021
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The scope of the Residential mental health care national minimum data set (RMHC NMDS) is episodes of residential care for residents in all government-funded residential mental health care services in Australia, except those residential care services that are in receipt of funding under the Aged Care Act 1997 and subject to Commonwealth reporting requirements (i.e. report to the System for the Payment of Aged Residential Care (SPARC) collection).

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

Residential mental health care service

Specialised mental health service

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this term

Episodes of residential care.

Statistical units are entities from or about which statistics are collected, or in respect of which statistics are compiled, tabulated or published.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Data are collected at each service from resident administrative and care related record systems. Services forward data to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (e.g. monthly).

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collection, on an annual basis.

Government-operated services that employ mental health trained staff on-site 24 hours per day are in scope for collection.

Government-funded, non-government operated services and non 24-hour staffed services can be included, optionally.

For non 24-hour staffed services to be included they must employ mental health-trained staff on-site at least 50 hours per week with at least 6 hours staffing on any single day.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year. The reference period starts on 1 July and ends on 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2022
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2023
Comments:Help on this term

Some admitted patient care services may meet the definition of a residential mental health service. However, as they are admitted patient care services, relevant data on their patients are reported to the Admitted patient care National minimum data set.

Glossary items

Episode of residential care end

Episode of residential care start

Geographic indicator


Residential mental health care service


Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2022–23 Health, Standard 17/12/2021

Supersedes Residential mental health care NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 20/01/2021

See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence NBEDS 2022–23 Health, Standard 20/10/2021

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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—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 12th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Episode of care—mental health legal status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—principal diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 12th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode end mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode start mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—mental health care referral destination, code NMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—number of leave days, total N[NN]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
-Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS Edition 3) N(9)Mandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NConditional1
-Person—marital status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code XMandatory1
-Residential stay—episode start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service organisation—organisation identifier, XXXXMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service organisation—organisation name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—residential service unit identifier, XXXXXXMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—residential service unit name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
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