Our community

Our community and our region

Our community snapshot

EMPHN’s catchment ranges across the east and north-east of Melbourne and includes 12 local government areas – with three of those shared between EMPHN and other PHNs.

The people who live in EMPHN’s catchment are from a diverse mix of ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds with a wide range of health needs that require a targeted primary health response.

Summary statistics about EMPHN’s catchment:

  • Includes 1.62 million people, which is 24% of the Victorian population; estimates indicate the catchment population in 2036 will be approximately 1.95 million people.
  • Nearly a third of people (26%) in the catchment speak a language other than English at home; the most common being Chinese, Indo, Aryan and Greek. 33% of people in the catchment were born overseas.
  • More than 10,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples live in the region, mostly in Mitchell, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges.
  • LGAs with the highest proportion of people over 65 years are Murrindindi (26%) and Manningham (22%).
  • Mental health is the number one chronic health condition in the region.
  • Relatively greater disadvantage is found in Whittlesea, Murrindindi and Mitchell.
  • Murrindindi and Boroondara have the highest proportions of people who live alone (12% and 10% respectively), with 8% of the catchment overall living alone.

Source: ABS - data by region. 2021 census https://dbr.abs.gov.au/’

Where we work

We work across all or part of the 12 local government areas (LGAs) below. Detailed map of our catchment.

Our community's health

See a snapshot of our community's health below.