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Health Region Profile

The Women's and Children's Health Network is a statewide regional health service.

As at 30 September 2005, the estimated population of South Australia was 1,544,700, representing 7.6% of the Australian total population. Nearly three quarters (73.3%) of the state's population resides in the Adelaide Statistical Division.

Mount Gambier, Whyalla and Murray Bridge are the most populous regional centres outside of Adelaide, followed by Mount Barker, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta.

The estimated South Australian population at different age levels is as follows:

  — 0–14 years:              283,610 people   (18.4%)
  — 15–24 years:            207,692 people   (13.5%)
  — 25–44 years:            421,413 people   (27.3%)
  — 45–64 years:            394,563 people   (25.6%)
  — 65 years & older:      234,755 people   (15.2%)

(Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2005; Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2004-05)

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