Our PHN covers the Darling Downs and West Moreton region which includes 10 local government areas (LGAs). The major communities in our region are Ipswich and Toowoomba, plus the surrounding communities located in the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Southern Downs, Goondiwindi and Western Downs LGAs.
We work with two hospital and health services that cover our region, Darling Downs Health and West Moreton Health. The size (95,500km2) of our region and population provides a number of challenges for ensuring people living in our communities can access the health care they need.
560,000+ people living in urban, rural and remote areas
10,000 migrants and refugees
a high population growth rate
#1 ranking for physical inactivity in Australia
54,000 people aged 70 or over
8 local government areas (LGAs) affected by drought
25,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
high rates of anxiety and depression