A snapshot of the SMHS community

The catchment for the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) has a population of more than 659,000 people. Of these:

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

  • life expectancy is 81.8 years of age for a male and 86.1 years for a female
  • 44 per cent of all potentially preventable hospitalisations were due to chronic conditions
  • 206,075 people, including 7,142 Aboriginal people, were diagnosed with cancer in 2017–18
  • more than 69 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

A female dietitan shows a a man and a women healthy food portion sizes.

  • close to 65 per cent of children do not undertake sufficient physical activity
  • 53.6 per cent of adults do not eat 2 serves of fruit and 90.5 per cent do not eat 5 serves of vegetables daily
  • 17 per cent of adults aged 25 years and over have high cholesterol or are taking medication for high cholesterol
  • 25.6 per cent* (aged 16 years and over) consume alcohol at levels deemed high-risk for long-term harm

An older man sits on a hospital bed while a female nurses measures his blood pressure.

  • 18.8 per centof adults aged 25 years and over have high blood pressure or are taking medication for high blood pressure
  • 9.6 per centof adults smoke.

Note: The asterisk * represents 2016 data.

Learn more about our community, our activities and significant areas of achievement in our 2017–2018 annual report.