Western NSW Health Needs Assessment 2013

The Western NSW Health Needs Assessment 2013 is a detailed analysis of the Western NSW Local Health District population health data, patient flow, service delivery models and projected health needs. Its the first stage of the development of the strategic health service plan.

Some key facts :

*Western NSW is the second most sparsely populated LHD in NSW - just over 1 person per sq km (271,000 people: 250,000 sq km)
*Population growth in the district has been minimal - 2.0% over the past 5 years, with areas closer to Sydney growing, those beyond Dubbo declining
*The largest growth in population is for the 65+ ages - 6,500 persons or 17% growth from 2006 to 2011
*There is low forecast population growth - < 1% from 2011 to 2016
*The proportion of the population that is Aboriginal rises from 4% in Bathurst to 11% in Dubbo and to 27% in 'Remote' (this compares with 2.5% for NSW). Overall 9.4% of the LHD's population identify as ATSI, and 16% of the children (0-14 years)

Some of the priority areas identified by the HNA where health care interventions are likely to give the greatest benefits to the District's population include:

*Smoking prevention and cessation
*Nutrition and physical activity interventions, including obesity prevention
*Diabetes prevention and management
*Well child care, particularly for Aboriginal children - the first 1000 days
*Mental health - continuing and strengthening the current community services

Feedback on the HNA from communities, groups and individuals across Western NSW is being encouraged and can be sent to: ce@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au .

Report outlines key issues (Western Advocate)

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