A snapshot of the SMHS community

An older female patient lays in a hospital bed, with two nurses by her beside.

  • SMHS catchment has an estimated population of 657,827 people, or 25 per cent of WA’s population. Aboriginal people account for 1.3 per cent of the SMHS population base.
  • Life expectancy of males in the SMHS catchment is 82.5 years, compared to females 86.3 years.
  • 7,661 deaths due to chronic conditions could potentially have been prevented.
  • 17.5 per cent of adults have high blood pressure, and 18.2 per cent of adults have high cholesterol.
  • More than 45 per cent of hospitalisations due to chronic conditions in SMHS could potentially have been prevented.
  • 9.3 per cent of the adult population continue to smoke. 23.2 per cent consumer alcohol at levels deemed high-risk of long term harm.
  • Over 40 per cent of the adult population is overweight.
  • 43 per cent of adults and 20.7 per cent of children do not undertake sufficient physical activity.

Learn more about our community and our activities in our 2019/20 annual report.