Health of Our Region
Health and Medical Priorities
Supporting Healthy Ageing
One in five residents of New England and North West NSW are aged 65+ years.
As we age, there are significant impacts on our region’s:
- economic stability; and
- how our healthcare infrastructure meets community needs.
Our health workforce is also ageing.
Improving Health Outcomes
Regional and rural Australians experience:
- mental health problems at rates at least as high as those in major cities; and
- more chronic disease.
We die younger than those living in major cities.
Increasing Access to Generalist and Specialist Healthcare
In the past decade, digital healthcare options have been developed to reduce barriers to healthcare.
Integrating our limited resources with e-health modalities has the potential to improve the health of our region.