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Understanding our region

The Adelaide PHN region covers all of the Adelaide metropolitan area, from Sellicks Hill in the south to Angle Vale in the north, and from the beaches in the west to the foothills in the east.
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Our region is home to 1.2 million people, the vast majority of the South Australian population. We undertake extensive community and stakeholder consultation to identify and analyse the health and service needs of our region, and to prioritise our activities to address those needs.

Each year, Adelaide PHN reviews both the health and primary care service needs specific to our region and undergoes an iterative engagement and consultation process to form a needs assessment of the Adelaide metropolitan area.

The Department of Health PHN Program objectives inform the needs assessment base priority areas, which are:

  • Mental Health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Population health
  • Workforce
  • Digital health
  • Aged care
  • Alcohol and other drugs


of the total South Australian population live in our region


of our population identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


of our population were born overseas

Region statistics

Undergoing the process annually ensures timely identification and analysis of health and service needs across our region and informs how we prioritise and target our activities to address those needs. This helps increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services, particularly for patients at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.


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Last updated: June 20, 2024