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Delving into SWS health figures: now and in the future

If you’re looking for quality, in-depth information about the health of South West Sydney’s population, look no further than the recently launched “South West Sydney: Our Health” document. The 183-page document is an in-depth study of the health of the SWS’s population, now and into the future, and was prepared by South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (SWS PHN) in conjunction with South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD).

The aim of the document is not only to describe the health of the current population in SWS but to identify the current and future health challenges.

“We really wanted to get an in depth understanding of the need in our region, to help inform how we deliver services into the future,” explains Keith McDonald, CEO SWS PHN.

With the planned development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, the population in SWS is projected to boom. Between 2016 and 2036, it is forecast that all SWS LGAs except Wingecarribee and Fairfield will experience higher population growth than the rest of the state. This forecasted growth will have significant impact on health services. As such, planning for this projected growth is critical in order to effectively meet the health needs of SWS.

“The extensive information contained within the report will assist both organisations and the broader community in developing facilities and services to meet the needs of our community as it grows and changes,” says McDonald.

“Specifically, the report will be used to inform SWSPHN, SWSLHD and our stakeholders of the health needs and gaps in our region. The document could benefit service providers looking to improve or grow their services, community members with an interest in health or researchers seeking insights into our community.”

Taking several years to research and collate, it is envisaged that the report will provide positive health outcomes for the SWS population.

“Ultimately, the community well benefit from the health sector using reports such as this to inform evidence-based service delivery.”

SWS Our Health in depth

SWS Our Health in brief