The MyHealthyCommunities website is closing on 30 June 2019

Don’t worry – you can still find the latest information about your local area on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW)External link, opens in a new window.[] website, along with many more reports and data on a range of health and welfare topics.

Visit the Healthy community indicatorsExternal link, opens in a new window.[] page to use the new interactive tool to explore health topics including health risk factors, cancer, expenditure, and different population groups in your Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

In some cases, the way you find information has changed. If you need help finding anything, please contactExternal link, opens in a new window.[] the AIHW.

Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new window.[] web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15 - Technical Note - Geography

Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15


Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are local organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area, with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health.

In the report, a PHN area refers to the population that lives in the geographic area covered by a particular PHN. The results in the report relate to the period before PHNs were established; therefore, the findings do not reflect the performance of PHNs.

Metropolitan and regional PHN areas

PHN area boundaries align well with the ABS remoteness category of major cities.2 A PHN area was categorised as a metropolitan PHN area if at least 85% of the population was in the major cities category. All other PHN areas were categorised as regional PHN areas. See Table 1 for the metropolitan or regional classification of each PHN area.

Table 1: Metropolitan and regional Primary Health Network areas

Primary Health Network area Proportion of the population* in major cities
Metropolitan Primary Health Network areas
Central and Eastern Sydney (NSW) 100%
Australian Capital Territory 100%
Western Sydney (NSW) 99%
Northern Sydney (NSW) 99%
Adelaide (SA) 99%
South Eastern Melbourne (Vic) 98%
Gold Coast (Qld) 98%
Perth South (WA) 98%
Perth North (WA) 98%
North Western Melbourne (Vic) 96%
Eastern Melbourne (Vic) 96%
Brisbane South (Qld) 96%
Brisbane North (Qld) 95%
South Western Sydney (NSW) 90%
Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) 85%
Regional Primary Health Network areas
Hunter New England and Central Coast (NSW) 64%
South Eastern NSW 53%
Darling Downs and West Moreton (Qld) 34%
Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast 31%
Western Victoria 30%
North Coast (NSW) 14%
Country SA 10%
Western NSW 0%
Murrumbidgee (NSW) 0%
Gippsland (Vic) 0%
Murray (Vic, NSW) 0%
Western Queensland 0%
Northern Queensland 0%
Country WA 0%
Tasmania 0%
Northern Territory 0%
ABS Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2013
Major cities – as defined by the ABS Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Areas.2

2. ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2015. National Health Survey: First Results, 2014–15. ABS Cat. No. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 26 October 2016, link, opens in a new window.