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About Population Health

Population Health works to protect and promote the health of the local population.

We recognise that many personal, social and environmental factors affect health and illness. We work across the whole life course from pregnancy to ageing with a focus on priority populations. 

We strive for health equity, enhanced patient experience and improved health outcomes for all people who live, visit or work in Sydney Local Health District.

Diversity Programs and Strategy Hub

Our goal is to improve the health of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We work together with health services, community organisations and local communities to deliver prevention and health promotion programs. We also create links between communities and health services and collaborate with clinical services to improve health care experience and outcomes for our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Our multilingual workforce is trained to support a wide range of health services, community programs and communication strategies in different languages to promote health and wellbeing from early life through to healthy ageing.

We host the state-wide Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in NSW to improve health and well-being in relation to HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

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Health Promotion Unit

We develop, implement and evaluate community-based programs that improve and maintain population health and reduce inequalities in health outcomes. Our programs are based on the Ottawa Charter Framework and support all age groups through their lifespan to stay healthy.

Our focus is NSW population health policy priorities: the Healthy Food and Drink in NSW Health Facilities framework, the NSW Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Strategy, the NSW Tobacco Control Strategy and Smoking Cessation Framework for NSW Health Services, as well as working with local government to advocate for healthy built environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice.

By working in partnership, the Health Promotion Unit delivers evidence-based and evidence building health promotion programs with our local communities.

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Priority Populations Programs

Our focus is providing prevention and health promotion programs, and supporting access to health care that is culturally safe and tailored to diverse community needs. Specifically we work with:

  • Aboriginal communities
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) communities
  • People who are at risk or living with HIV, STIs, hepatitis B and C
  • People who experience social disadvantage and homelessness
  • People who inject drugs
  • People who engage in sex work

Our partners include clinical services, non-government and peer organisations in the planning and delivery of our programs and services.

We host the state-wide Pozhet service for heterosexual people at risk of or living with HIV. 

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Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service

We provide professional, accredited health care interpreting and translation services for patients and healthcare providers in hospitals, community-based locations, and in the homes of our patients. Our interpreting and translation services include most community languages, including Auslan for people who are Deaf.

Clear and effective communication is important for every aspect of good clinical health care. Our interpreters are an important part of the clinical care team. Our service ensures that people with limited or no English language proficiency can access the clinical services and programs they need in our public health system.

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Learn more about our interpreter service