Improving health and support for people with chronic conditions in Western Sydney

About the Program

Why Western Sydney needs integrated care


Western Sydney is the fastest growing community in Australia, with about 930,000 people living here today and it is expected to increase to 1 million by 2020. Western Sydney has a diverse cultural mix with up to 65% of the population born overseas in some areas and 45% speaking a language other than English at home. There is a large number of refugee families living in the area and over 13,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in the area. Western Sydney has the highest birth rate in Australia with about 14,800 babies born each year in the area with around 10,000 in public hospitals. There has been a 40% increase in residents aged over 65 since 2011/12.

At the same time, Western Sydney is facing a growing burden of disease, an increasingly overweight population with a rise in childhood obesity, a growing rate of mental health issues, diseases associated with ageing and increasingly complex chronic conditions. The circumstances in Western Sydney are placing an enormous demand on health services. It is time to provide health resources where and when they are needed by connecting services better.

 

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That is why Better Health Together Western Sydney Integrated Care Program has been developed - to help people with chronic conditions to better manage their care by connecting patients, carers and the health providers.

Partners in the Program

Current program

Integrated Care Demonstrator Program