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There are 1.4 million people living in the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network catchment, with some people living with severe and complex mental illness. This includes over 5,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people living in the catchment, particularly in the Knox, Banyule, Whittlesea, and Yarra Ranges. 

EMPHN has a mixed population catchment with a variety of health and mental health needs requiring assistance. Interspersed among some suburbs of high affluence are pockets of entrenched socioeconomic disadvantage including West Heidelberg and parts of Knox.

The rapidly expanding northern growth corridor and the Yarra Ranges have poor access to services.

The region is large and diverse

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Population growth is similar across the catchment except in Whittlesea-Wallan where the population is estimated to increase by almost 100,000 people or 43% between 2016 and 2026, the highest growth rate in EMPHN’s catchment. The population of Whittlesea-Wallan grew 27.6% between 2011 and 2016.