Health in our Region

Our region spans the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith Local Government Areas (LGAs). 

Each of these LGAs has a unique geography, residential and business culture, employment and socio‐economic demographics.

At A Glance

We support the primary healthcare needs of over 360,000 people across the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith. Some of our health statistics are:

  • Around half of our population do not get enough physical activity.
  • 63% of males and 49% of females are overweight or obese.
  • Women in our region are more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease, respiratory diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than other women in NSW.
  • 92% of males and 83% of females consume less fruit and vegetables than recommended in national dietary guidelines.
  • Around one in ten people report high to very high levels of psychological distress. Suicide in young males is higher than the state average.
  • 20% of males and 14% of females in the region report that they currently smoke.
  • Within the Nepean-Blue Mountains region, there are 138 general practices, 74 community pharmacies and 717 individual allied health professionals.
  • Our area includes large areas of social disadvantage and covers regional, rural and outer metro areas across 9,200km2.
  • The percent of the total population who are Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders is 3.8% in Lithgow, 2.6% in Hawkesbury, 2.4% in Penrith and 1.3% in Blue Mountains Local Government Areas.
  • Our needs assessment identified health related issues for our region such as transport to health services, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health, GP shortages, aged care and nursing home bed availability. Eight consumer forums were held across the region last year which confirmed these issues of concern.

Regional Health Profile

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