East Gippsland

Catchment Overview

East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership covers the local government area of East Gippsland which is located in eastern Victoria, between 280 and 550 kilometres East of Melbourne. This is a predominantly rural area, with many townships and small communities.

The population of East Gippsland is approximately 43,615 with 1,140 Aboriginal residents. The population is unevenly distributed, with a concentration around the Gippsland Lakes in the south-west, and relatively sparsely settled areas elsewhere.

The SEIFA Index of Disadvantage places East Gippsland as the 12th most disadvantaged local government area.

The largest commercial centre is Bairnsdale, while the largest tourist centre is Lakes Entrance. Other significant townships include Orbost, Paynesville, Omeo and Mallacoota. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 20,930 square kilometres, including substantial areas of national park, state park, lakes, rivers and coastal areas. Approximately 75% of the Shire is held in national and state reserves. Land is used mainly for forestry and grazing, with some vegetable growing. Lakes Entrance is a major centre for commercial fishing. Tourism is also an important industry.

The East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership works with health and community organisations across the municipality to improve the health outcomes for the community.