Population: 61,500 (approx.)
Geographical land area: 40,000 KM2

Age Range (2013 1)

  • 0-4: 3,760
  • 5-24: 14,869
  • 25-64: 30,256
  • 65+: 10,349


The number of people born overseas is 10,487 (18.9%) and the number of people who don’t speak English at home is 3,138 (5.7%).

The region has a small Aboriginal population (3.8%) (slightly higher than the State proportion) with a younger age structure than the non-Aboriginal population.

Rural Health West has released a population and health snapshots for Great Southern for 2016. To view this document click here.


  • Albany Health Campus
  • Ravensthorpe District Health Centre
  • Denmark Hospital and Health Service
  • Gnowangerup Hospital
  • Katanning Hospital
  • Kojonup Hospital
  • Plantagenet Hospital

The historic port town of Albany, which is the State’s oldest European settlement, has one of the best natural anchorages in the Southern Hemisphere and is the region’s administrative centre. It is also the transport hub from where most of the region’s crops and livestock are shipped.

The Team

Regional Manager Lesley Pearson
Regional Coordinator Janine Beamish
Primary Health Liaison Joanne Crooks
Compassionate Communities Capacity Builder Lisa Forward
Compassionate Communities Project Manager Christine Grogan
Compassionate Communities Project Officer (co-located at the City of Albany) Annmaree Lynch