The North Coast Primary Health Network covers a large geographical region of approximately 35,570 square kilometres. Along the eastern boundary is the coast, and to the west the New England Tablelands escarpment and a line of state forests and national parks. The northern boundary is the Queensland border and the southern boundary extends beyond Port Macquarie.
Approximately 520,000 people live on the North Coast spread across the region in diverse locations. Major population centres are located on the coast and the major river systems that divide the region, with more rural and remote townships located inland.
The North Coast region is more disadvantaged when compared with NSW. Disadvantage indicators include high ageing, Aboriginal, disability, remote and unemployed populations.
North Coast Primary Health Network covers the combined geographical regions of Northern NSW Local Health District and Mid North Coast Local Health District. Maps of the North Coast Primary Health Network footprint and the Aboriginal nations within the footprint are below.