Priority populations

Vulnerable minority groups do not yet have equal access to high-quality care. Nor do they enjoy equal health outcomes with the broader population. Improving equity in terms of access and health outcomes for these groups is one of our key priorities.

The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network region is one of the most complex and diverse in Victoria. Groups in the region with disproportionately high rates of chronic disease and poorer overall health are designated ‘priority populations’.

Infographic displaying 39.5 per cent of people in our region were born overseas and 6.8 per cent are not fluent in English (as of 2020).

They include culturally and linguistically diverse groups, LGBTIQ people, those experiencing homelessness, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as other priority groups. Each priority population has additional and complex needs that are not necessarily being met by the current service system.