Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is a leader in clinical services, research and education providing a diverse range of public healthcare to more than 946,000 residents in Sydney’s west as well as services to those outside our catchment from specialty statewide centres of expertise.
WSLHD is responsible for delivering and managing $1.7 billion in public healthcare across more than 120 suburbs spanning 780 square kilometres in the Blacktown, The Hills Shire, Cumberland and Parramatta local government areas (LGAs).
One of 15 local health districts (LHDs) in the NSW Health system, WSLHD is one of the State’s fastest growing areas with more than 1.3 million residents estimated by 2031.
Our community comes from diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds providing a fertile environment to develop and implement innovative models of healthcare, research, infrastructureand new ways of doing business.
Participation from our consumers and patients is vital to ensuring we are building and reshaping our services to meet the challenges of today and the future.
To sustain projected demand we have embarked on a multibillion dollar capital redevelopment program, and continue to research world’s best practice and innovations to maintain community expectations in healthcare delivery, research and education.
WSLHD employs more than 13,000 dedicated individuals across more than 70 sites including Westmead, Auburn, Cumberland, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals as well as a network of comprehensive integrated care and community-based services.
Western Sydney is characterised by wealth at one end of the spectrum and significant social disadvantage at the other bringing with it a range of complex health needs and social circumstances.
About half (46.8 per cent) of residents were born overseas. A total of 50.3 per cent of people speak a language other than English at home with 71.1 per cent living in the Cumberland LGA.
Western Sydney is home to the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population with many living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.
The 2016 Census indicates about 13,400, or 1.5 per cent of the population self-identifies as being Aboriginal, with the majority (9500) living in the Blacktown LGA.
A 59 per cent increase in people aged 70 years or over and a 54 per cent increase in people aged 85 years and over is forecast from 2016-2026.
Social Health Atlas
The Social and Health Atlas provides comprehensive health and socio-demographic data on the residents of WSLHD.
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.
Hospitals (refer to map):
- Mount Druitt
Community health centres:
- Mount Druitt
- The Hills
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.