PRIMHD – mental health data

What is PRIMHD?

PRIMHD (pronounced ‘primed’) is a Ministry of Health single national mental health and addiction information collection of service activity and outcomes data for health consumers.

The data is collected from district health boards (DHBs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It is stored in the PRIMHD datamart which is part of the Ministry’s national data warehouse.

What is it for?

PRIMHD data is used to report on what services are being provided, who is providing the services, and what outcomes are being achieved for health consumers across New Zealand’s mental health sector. These reports enable better quality service planning and decision-making by mental health and addiction service providers, at the local, regional and national levels.

Who is involved in PRIMHD?

NGOs, DHBs, support organisations and the Ministry are involved in PRIMHD.

This website is designed to provide information to DHBs, NGOs and vendors who submit data to PRIMHD. It includes how PRIMHD works, what information PRIMHD produces, what is happening now and what is planned next.

Privacy protocol for collecting NHI and accessing data

The pamphlet What Happens to Your Mental Health and Addiction Information? provides details of how and why consumer information is collected by PRIMHD. It also looks at who uses the information, and the privacy rights of consumers under the Health Information Privacy Act 1993 (New Zealand Legislation website).

The pamphlet can be ordered or downloaded from What Happens to Your Mental Health and Addiction Information?

Start date

The start date for PRIMHD is 1 July 2008.

Earlier mental health data

Prior to PRIMHD, mental health data was collected in the MHINC collection and stored in the MHDW. The MHDW was started in July 2000. This data remains available for use in reporting and ad hoc queries run by the MoH Analytical Services team.

In this section

  • Information for DHBs, including Funders and Planners, about submitting data to and obtaining reports from PRIMHD. Read more
  • Information for NGOs about submitting data to and obtaining reports from PRIMHD. Read more
  • News about PRIMHD, including the non-governmental organisation rollouts and information on new reports. Read more
  • What's planned next for PRIMHD, including the dates for non-governmental organisations to go live with PRIMHD, plans for reviewing the PRIMHD standards and for the addition of casemix capability. Read more
  • Who to contact about PRIMHD. Read more
  • The Data Process Standard describes the workflow and processes for PRIMHD data-gathering, and how the PRIMHD data set and code set relate to the different record types. Read more
  • The PRIMHD File Specification describes the electronic file format used to send data to PRIMHD. This page includes schemas and compliance testing scripts. Read more
  • The NGO Guide to PRIMHD provides an introductory step-by-step guide for NGOs to get set up and submit data to PRIMHD. Read more
  • NGOs are required to fill out a Mapping Document, which provides the Ministry with a comprehensive live map of their name, location, service types, teams, services offered and where consumers receive these services. Read more
  • This document provides you with the core information you need to run PRIMHD reports from the PRIMHD datamart using Infoview and Business Objects. Read more