The social determinants of health are strongly influenced and shaped by the access to income, education and resources that women have access to. By understanding the drivers to our local economy we gain insight into where our efforts will be needed in the medium to longer term, and also, where possible future investment from government and industry will be.
Analysis of population data from the region tells us that the South Metro area is highly dynamic and diverse. Growth and economic projections from Local Councils further indicate that this change will not decline but, rather increase from approximately 1.527M estimated residents across all 10 LGAs to 1.878M in 20311.
The South Metro region comprises a vast diversity and range of businesses and, workplace settings.
In terms of distribution of businesses type, the region’s biggest business type is construction followed by professional, scientific and technical services, followed by real estate, financial and insurance and then health care and social assistance.
These businesses employed some 678,043 people. Of this the greatest employer in the region is Health Care and Social Assistance followed by the Retail Industry then Professional and Technical Services, Construction and Manufacturing. However what is most important to note is the variability across the region of employment2.