Population Profiles

Overview of the Region

The Western Queensland PHN has a footprint that extends from the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, south along the length of the Northern Territory border to the South Australian and New South Wales borders. The eastern border runs from Normanton in the Lower Gulf and follows an east-southeast trajectory through Julia Creek, Tambo and Roma.

Western Queensland Primary Health Network covers a land area of 956,438km2, which is 55% of total land area in Queensland. There are twenty Local Government Areas (LGAs) and three Hospital and Health Services (HHS) within Western Queensland. The table below lists the Local Government Areas that define each of the HSSs.

Click on any of the region names listed below to download an LGA population fact sheet.

 

Central West

12433
Population
  
  • Largest town is Longreach (3,137)
  • Population for 2036 is projected to decrease by -3.8% 
  • 27.4% employed in agriculture
  • 11.2% ATSI High proportion of female smokers (19.4%) 
  • High proportion categorised as having risky lifetime alcohol consumption (30.4%) 
  • High number of ED presentations related to anxiety disorders 
  • AEDC results show 13.1% of CW children are vulnerable on two or more domains

North West

32621
Population
   
  • Largest town is Mount Isa (22,013)
  • Young age profile (Median age 31.4)
  • 26.8% employed in Mining
  • 26.7% ATSI (40% of NWHSS children aged below 15 are ATSI)
  • High proportion of male smokers (27.0%)
  • High rates of CHD hospitalisations
  • High rate of mental and behavioural disorder ED presentations (2461.6 vs QLD 1242.7 per 100,000)
  • High number of ED presentations related to substance abuse
  • High rate of ED presentations related to suicide (570.2 vs QLD 308.9 per 100,000)
  • High fertility rate (2.80 vs 2.08 QLD)
  • AEDC results show 19.3% of NW children are vulnerable on two or more domains (Carpentaria 34.6%)

South West

26733
Population
  
  • Largest town is Roma (6,906) 
  • 23.2% employed in agriculture 
  • 14.5% ATSI High proportion of overweight and obese males (77.8%) 
  • High rates of diabetes hospitalisations 
  • High proportion of Indigenous women who smoked during pregnancy (58%) 
  • High number of ED presentations related to anxiety disorders 
  • AEDC results show 15.0% of SW children are vulnerable on two or more domains (Roma 21.7%)