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 Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention.
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.