Details on these 5 PHN clients can be found below.
Some of them work in areas where the health conditions are more challenging than the nation’s average.
On top of this, another 4 Sydney-based PHNs (Western Sydney, Central Eastern Sydney, Sydney North, South Western Sydney) through appointing Odyssey House NSW to deliver community based drug rehabilitation services, rely on rediCASE for AOD program delivery and reporting.
Brisbane North PHN supports clinicians and communities in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of Somerset Regional Council. It covers approximately 4,100 km2 of urban, regional and rural areas, with a population of over 900,000.
North Coast (NSW) PHN covers 35,570 square kilometres from the coast, west to the New England Tablelands escarpment, north to the Queensland border and southern to just beyond Port Macquarie. Approximately 520,000 people live on the North Coast spread across the region in diverse locations.
Brisbane South PHN covers a large area south of the Brisbane River, and includes metropolitan, rural and remote island locations and diverse populations. All up 1 million (23% of the QLD’s population)
- 68% of Queensland’s refugee population
- 43% of Queensland’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population
Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN covers 95,500 km2 across 10 local government areas: Ipswich and Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Boonah (Scenic Rim), Esk (Somerset), South Burnett, Southern Downs, Goondiwindi and the Western Downs. Total population is just over 540,000 people, with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of 20,000 people.
Northern Queensland PHN coordinates primary health care services for the Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait regions, home to 730,000 people, 83,000 of whom are Indigenous Australians.
- 2 in 3 people in the region are overweight / obese (5% higher than Queensland overall)
- 1 in 2 women in Cape York and Torres Strait (CY & TS) smoke while pregnant (compared to 1 in 6 in Queensland)
- Life expectancy in (CY & TS) is 12 years less than state average
- Diabetes in (CY & TS) is 4 times higher than other parts of Queensland
- The region’s suicide rate for 2011-2013 was 1.5 times the national suicide rate at 17 compared with 10.9 per 100,000 people, leading cause of death for 15-45 year olds