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Great Southern


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The Great Southern is approximately 40,500 square kilometres in area, bounded by Woodanilling in the north, Bremer Bay in the east, Denmark in the west and Albany in the south.

The area has a population of around 55,000, of which 3% are indigenous Australians. The majority of people live in the main towns of Albany, Denmark, Katanning and Mount Barker. The population is increasing significantly on the southern coastal strip while declining slightly in most other areas. A high proportion of older people live in the major centres.

The main industries in the region are agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, tourism and viticulture.

Albany is the regional centre and home to around 57% of the Great Southern's total population.  Albany itself is located 408km southeast of Perth on the Southern Ocean looking out towards the Antarctica and known for its abundant fishing grounds around Heard and Macquarie Islands. there are regular air and coach services from Perth, making it very accessible.  Denmark is located 52 kilometres to the west of Albany, close to the famous Tree Top walk and other major tourist attractions.  Mount Barker is 50 kilometres to the north of Albany and is now a very popular and important wine making region.  Katanning is 175 kilometres north of Albany and an important farming region together with nearby Gnowangerup and Kojonup.  The magnificent Stirling Ranges are also close by.

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Contact Information:

Location:  Warden Avenue, Albany WA 6330
Postal Address:  PO Box 165, Albany WA 6331
Phone:  08 9892 2672
Fax:  08 9842 1095
This unit last updated: 01 Feb 2011, 11:20am


Units reporting to Great Southern:


Hospital Services

 ·  Albany Hospital
 ·  Bremer Bay Health Centre
 ·  Denmark Hospital and Health Service
 ·  Gnowangerup Hospital
 ·  Jerramungup Health Centre
 ·  Katanning Hospital
 ·  Kojonup Hospital
 ·  Plantagenet Hospital
 ·  Ravensthorpe District Health Centre
 ·  Tambellup Nursing Post

Aboriginal Health Services

 ·  Great Southern Aboriginal Health Service

Aged Care Services

 ·  Great Southern Aged and Subacute Care Services

Community & Public Health Services

 ·  Great Southern Population Health Unit Indicates there are units responsible to Great Southern Population Health Unit
 ·  Ravensthorpe Community Health

Mental Health Services

 ·  Great Southern Mental Health Service Katanning
 ·  Great Southern Mental Health Service Narrogin
 ·  Great Southern Mental Health Services Albany