Service profile

The primary catchment for Barwon Health's services has a population of 350,000, extending to 500,000 for some tertiary services to the South Australian border. The catchment has some seven million visitors each year that impact on service demand. Peak traffic flows at weekends are an unusual characteristic compared with other areas.

Barwon Health serves a geographically dispersed population through two major sites with a total of 997 beds and a total of 22 sites stretching down the coast to Anglesea, Torquay and Lorne.

Barwon Health is one of the most comprehensive service providers in the state. Health services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from emergency and acute to mental heath, primary care, community services, aged care and subacute/rehabilitation.

Specialist services extend north to Werribee and south to the South Australian border for major specialties such as cancer, cardiology and cardio-thoracic surgery. With the exception of neurosurgery and transplantation, virtually all other specialties are available in Geelong.


Our vital signs: five-year snapshot

babies born    dental contacts   emergency department presentations

inpatient separations       number of staff     on waiting list

operations       outpatients       total bed days


Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.