Mental Health - Bednights and contacts by DHBs and NGOs 2002–2016

Ministry of Health


Bednight: Someone occupying a bed at midnight. A bednight is assumed to include all care provided to the client occupying the bed. Bednights are generally provided in inpatient or residential settings.
Bednight records recorded while people were on leave have been subtracted from the each year's bednight totals.

Contacts: All mental health and addiction services provided in a community/outpatient setting (as opposed to an inpatient/residential setting). The majority of contacts are less than three hours in duration.

Activity type 'did not attend' has been excluded from the number of contacts.


Mental health: A state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (World Health Organization 2012).
Addiction, drug or alcohol: Repeated use of a psychoactive substance or substances, to the extent that the user is periodically or chronically intoxicated, shows a compulsion to take the preferred substance (or substances), has great difficulty in voluntarily ceasing or modifying substance use, and exhibits determination to obtain psychoactive substances by almost any means. Also known as alcohol and drug dependence (World Health Organization 2012).
People seen: Users of mental health and addiction services. The person does not need to be physically present to be counted for example telephone contact with a clinician. People seen in more than one financial year are counted in each relevant year.
Ethnic group: In order to report a single ethnicity for each person, responses have been prioritised according to a list published by Stats NZ.

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Limitations of the data

In 2008, DHBs began reporting to PRIMHD. In addition, from this date an increasing number of NGOs began reporting to the PRIMHD database. Shifts or patterns in the data after 2008 may reflect the gradual adaptation of non-governmental organisations into the PRIMHD collection in addition to, or instead of, any trend in mental health and addiction service use or outcomes. Although NGO data is still incomplete, the Ministry of Health considers it complete enough for comparison across time from 1/7/2012 onwards.

Some organisations had breaks in reporting and/or incomplete data in PRIMHD in the 2015/16 year. A few NGOs started and/or stopped reporting during 2015/16; not all organisations have data for the whole time period. It is known that Southern District Health Board's PRIMHD data is under-reported for the 2015/16 year, so figures may be low in these data tables.

For several reasons the numbers in these tables are not directly comparable with the numbers in the Office of the Director of Mental Health (ODMH) Annual Reports, amongst other reports. The ODMH reports are published for a different purpose and use a slightly different method to identify the report subject matter. Further to this the OMDH reports are for a different time period and occasionally include manual data submitted by DHBs.


This dataset does not have information on:
- the provision of primary mental health care, such as care provided by general practitioners
- secondary mental health services funded by other government departments e.g. funded by the Ministry of Social Development
- problem gambling
people with a mental illness who do not access services. -

Changes to data collection/processing

There was significant change made to the coding of team types as part of the HISO review of the PRIMHD Codeset. This change was made on 1/7/2014 to all data in PRIMHD from 1/7/2008 onwards. Additionally the Ministry of Health has recently undertaken a review of all standard definitions used in our PRIMHD publications and reports. This has resulted in a slight change to some of the tables in this spreadsheet.

This means that data extracted before 1/7/2014, held in previous publications in this series, should not be compared to data tables containing team type variables. Furthermore caution should be used when comparing data extracted before 1/7/2014 to any of the other tables.

Data provided by

Ministry of Health

Dataset name

Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2015/16


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2015/16 (xlsx, 447 KB)' from the right hand column.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2015/16

From the dataset Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2015/16, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: table14
  • Range: B5:G19
  • Provided: 90 data points

Dataset originally released on:

July 19, 2018

About this dataset

This dataset includes information on mental health and addiction services (care) provided by secondary organisations funded by the Ministry of Health. Specifically, it covers demographic and geographic information, client referral pathways, the types of services provided, the outcome of the services and legal status and diagnosis information.

Method of collection/Data provider

The information was sourced from the Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD pronounced ‘primed’). The data was collected by district health boards (DHBs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).