Planning Unit

South Western Sydney Communities


South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is the largest and fastest growing District in metropolitan Sydney.

With a population of over 820,000 people, the communities in this District are socially, economically, culturally and linguistically diverse.  An overview of the demographic and health characteristics of South Western Sydney communities is provided in the Health Profile of Local Communities .

There are seven local government areas (LGA) in South Western Sydney. Each LGA has its own unique population including the multiculturally diverse communities of Fairfield and Bankstown, the rapidly growing communities of Campbelltown, Liverpool and Camden and the rural towns, villages and communities of Wollondilly and Wingecarribee.

The Community Profiles summarise the main demographic and health characteristics of each LGA.  Over the next ten years, health services in South Western Sydney will face many challenges.

These include:

  • responding to significant population growth and ageing in the District. By 2021, the South Western Sydney population will have grown to more than one million people and the number of people who are aged over 65 years will increase by 48%. A focus for this development will be the South West Growth Centre which will experience unprecedented growth. Growth will also occur broadly across the District through urban infill.
  • changing health status, morbidity and mortality associated with ageing and altered life styles and behaviours such as exercise, eating and smoking.
  • the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on access to health information and services.
  • changing technology and healthcare practices.
  • responding to Australian and NSW Government initiatives such as the Council of Australian Government National Health Reform Agreement.

These changes will have a significant impact on demand for local health services and the type and range of services required. To meet the needs of our local communities over the next decade, greater attention will be needed in planning for prevention and treatment services.

Health plans focusing on specific health problems, communities and services are being implemented and can be obtained at  Publications.  New health plans under development are described in Scoping Papers.  New health plans under development are described in Scoping Papers.   range of other information about South Western Sydney, planning tools and helpful websites
can be accessed via the Planning webpage.

If you require more information please contact us.

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Last Updated: 07 August, 2014
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