South Western Sydney PHN's catchment covers seven local government areas (LGAs) from Bankstown to Bowral with a population of 966,450.
Our seven local government areas - Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly - span an area of 6243sq kilometres, with a combination of low and medium density housing, pockets of commercial and industrial areas and rural areas to the south and west.
South Western Sydney PHN covers a diverse area taking in rural communities in Wingecarribee and Wollondilly, growth areas of Camden and Liverpool and more established areas of Campbelltown, Fairfield and Bankstown.
We acknowledge each of our local government areas is diverse both from a community perspective and subsequent service delivery aspect with pockets of socio-economic disadvantage and in some parts of the region and large populations of culturally and linguitically diverse communities in others.
South Western Sydney has the largest number of Aboriginal residents in metropolitan Sydney with 13,070 people identified as having an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.
Within our culturally and linguistically diverse communities Arabic is the most common language spoken other than English, followed by Vietnamese and Cantonese.
In our region 43 per cent of local residents were born overseas compared to 34 per cent in NSW and almost half the local population reports speaking a language other than English at home.
To ensure we are best placed to support general practice and increase efficiency and effectiveness of local medical services, we have established Local Health Councils across our region to ensure we engage with healthcare providers and the community in each area.
The Local Health Councils will support our two Board advisory groups, the Community Advisory Committee and Clinical Council.
South Western Sydney PHN is also committed to working closely with our partners South Western Sydney Local Health District to ensure our community engagement, planning and governance models are fully integrated.
Health of our Region
National and state surveys indicate that on a range of measures the health of residents of South Western Sydney is poorer than for NSW as a whole. 79% of South Western Sydney residents consider their health to be good, very good or excellent, which is slightly lower than NSW at 82%. An extensive population health needs assessment of the region has been undertaken and is progressively updated. The needs assessment identified the following 13 priorities for the region:
- Mental Health
- Overweight and Obesity
- Tobacco Control
- Chronic Disease - diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Pregnancy and the Early Years
- Strengthening Prevention
- Strengthening Partnerships
- Aboriginal Health
- Aged Care
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
An extensive overview of the health, social and system needs of the region can be found within the full report, and accompanying data compendium: