Who lives in our region?

Our people

The estimated resident population of the HNECC region in 2013 was 1,223,245 people or 16.5% of the state population. As shown in the infographic below, the population in our region is expected to grow substantially toward 2031.

In 2013, 18.3% of the population living in the HNECC region were aged 65 years and over, which is higher than the state average (15.2%). The Local Government Areas (LGAs) with the highest proportion of the population aged 65 years and over are:

  • Great Lakes (32.1%)
  • Gloucester (27.5%)
  • Gwydir (23.9%)

There was a correspondingly low proportion of people aged 15 – 64 years in these areas. Undoubtedly, ageing will present challenges to the healthcare system, given the larger number of older people, the fact that many health conditions, chronic disease and associated disability become more common with age, and that older people are higher users of health services.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

In 2013 there were 60,862 people in the HNECC region who identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or 5% of our total population. This proportion is greater than the state and national averages (2.5%). 

The LGAs with the highest resident Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander populations are located in the northern part of the region and include:

  • Moree Plains (24.7%)
  • Gunnedah (13.3%)
  • Narrabri (13%)
  • Liverpool Plains (12.8%)

The Aboriginal population has a considerably younger age profile than the non-Aboriginal population, as shown in the figure below.

* Population by Aboriginality, age and sex, HNECC PHN region, 2011 (Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, 2016). Note: Based on population estimates as at 30 June each year.

More information

More information about this and other population health topics is available on our Resources page. 

Links to other information from some of our key data sources can be found on the Other information about health in our region page.

For any other information or enquiries please contact the Health Planning and Performance Team by email: healthplanning@hneccphn.com.au

More information

For more information about the people in our region and their health, see the HNECC PHN Health Planning Compass