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Western Sydney Local Health District

About Us

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) delivers health care to more than a million people living in the state’s fastest growing region, and is home to several centres of clinical expertise including the National Pancreas Transplant Unit, the NSW Trauma Centre and the NSW Brain Injury Unit. We combine world-class clinical and research facilities with a commitment to compassionate, professional care.

WSLHD includes five major hospitals - Westmead, Blacktown, Cumberland, Mount Druitt and Auburn - and more than 800 specialist clinics and services. We employ more than 14,000 people.

We provide public health care to 120 suburbs in the Parramatta City, Blacktown City, Hills Shire and Cumberland local government areas, spanning 780 square kilometres. Our catchment is a rich tapestry of culture, people and beliefs.

We have an enviable record in medical research, innovation and education that will only be enhanced by multi-million dollar redevelopments now underway at several of our facilities. Our future has never looked brighter.

Our residents

Western Sydney is a socially diverse community characterised by extreme wealth at one end of the spectrum and social disadvantage at the other. Its health needs reflect that complexity.

More than a third of Western Sydney residents were born overseas, 48% of people speak a language other than English at home and we are home to the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (11,500 or 1.4%) in Australia.

The area is at the heart of a population explosion nearly twice the rate for NSW, and between now and 2021 the district’s population is projected to grow by 2% (or 163,000 people) each year (source: NSW Health website). We have a population younger than the NSW average; young adults (25-24 years) and children (0-4 years) are the largest age groups in the WSLHD catchment. Blacktown has had the most newborns in NSW for four consecutive years.

A 55% increase in people aged 70 years or over and a 50% increase in people aged 85 years and over is forecast from 2016-2026.

Western Sydney is a diabetes hotspot: an estimated quarter of the population is likely to be affected by diabetes or pre-diabetes. Cardiovascular disease deaths are significantly above Australian averages in age-adjusted comparisons.

Social Health Atlas

The Social and Health Atlas provides comprehensive health and socio-demographic data on the residents of WSLHD.

Social and Health Atlas

Our Health Services

WSLHD has embarked on multimillion dollar redevelopments, and is investing in innovation, research and education as we forge new frontiers in health care delivery.

Westmead Hospital is a specialised tertiary referral hospital for the western metropolitan area and a major teaching hospital of the University of Sydney for medical and dental students. Westmead is one of Australia’s largest centres for postgraduate training to specialist level in all fields.

Community and population based services play a critical role in the provision of healthcare in Sydney’s west.

Hospital and Community Health Care locations

Hospitals (refer to map):

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Cumberland
  • Mount Druitt
  • Westmead

Community health centres:

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Doonside
  • Merrylands
  • Mount Druitt
  • Parramatta
  • The Hills

Our partners

WSLHD works in partnership with community members, consumers and key organisations to plan, deliver and evaluate healthcare, leading to better quality, safety and patient outcomes.

Strong, established partnerships with organisations such as the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Family and Community Services and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network provide opportunities for new approaches to multi-agency service delivery, funding and governance to improve outcomes for the community of Western Sydney.

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