our diverse communities


our diverse communities

Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital is on Gadigal Land, one of the 29 clans of the great EORA Nation. The traditional custodians of the land in Sydney Local Health District are the Gadigal, Wangal and Bediagal people of the Eora Nation.

Around 1.1 per cent of the population identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; however, we are aware that the number is much greater than this as many of our community members come from rural areas and continue to identify with their rural communities. We are undertaking a project with our partners the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to increase identification in our area.

The District is rich in cultural and social diversity and more than half of the District’s population speak a language other than English at home including significant numbers of refugees, asylum seekers and special humanitarian entrants. The major languages spoken at home include Chinese languages, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Italian and Vietnamese. New and emerging languages in the District include Bangla, Nepali, Rohingyan and Mongolian.

A feature of the District’s social diversity is our proud lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community. A number of our suburbs have the highest proportions of same-sex couples in Australia.

Sydney Local Health District is characterised by socio-economic diversity, with pockets of both extreme advantage and extreme disadvantage. The District is characterised by a large population of people who are homeless – over 6,000 people.

Our population is ageing, with the current number of residents aged over 70 projected to increase by 56 per cent between 2021 and 2036. There are around 4500 people living in residential aged care facilities.

More than 28,000 people with a disability live in the District (ABS 2016) and there are over 53,000 unpaid carers who provide support across the inner west.

Each year, almost 8100 babies are born to mothers residing in the District.