Geographical Location, Demographics and Cultural Mix
Sydney is the capital of South Wales and is considered as the most populated city in Australia. As of 2010 the city had a population of approximately 4.6 million. This city was established in 1788. Sydney is 881 km north east of Melbourne, 938 km South from Brisbane, 286 km north East from Canberra, 3970 km East of Perth and 1406 east of Adelaide (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013a; City of Sidney 2013).
Statistics reveal that the city has a population of 4,119,190. Sydney urban center is said to have 3,641,422 million people. Statistics carried out by Sydney Statistical Division showed that the inner area has approximately 4000 people per square kilometers. Most of the communities living in the city are “Australians, English, Irish, Scottish and Chinese” (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013b). The same statistics revealed that only 1.1% of the population was born in the city. Moreover, 31.7% of the population was born outside the city that is overseas. Most of the people in the city speak English. On the contrary, most of them can speak Arabic nans Vietnamese. Of the total population, the Asian Australians are 18.8%. Sydney is considered as one of the cities with the largest number of immigrants. Examples of the immigrants living in the city are China and United Kingdom. The median age of the population is 36 years. 15.4% of the population is above 65 years old (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013c).
Sydney contributes approximately 25% to the GDP of Australia (Australian government Initiative 2010). The city is the headquarters of approximately 90 financial institutions and 500 multinational organizations. According to the statistics carried out in 2004, Sydney had an unemployment rate of 4.9%. Statistics of 2009 rated Sydney as one of the most expensive cities. The housing price of the city was $636,822. The rent paid by people living in the city rates $450 per week (Australian government Initiative 2010).
Community Perspectives, Development and Strengths
Many people all over the world love this city because of the amenities structures and facilities. However, most people shy away because of the high living standards (Thompson 2007).
Strengths of the community; first of all the community has a large percentage of young people. Therefore, development activities in the future will not be interfered with. Moreover, the diversity in the community encourages the development of social skills that improve social cohesion. The community is therefore able to coexist with all people despite the ethnicity or race. The diversity in the community also promotes extensive cultural activities which has become an attraction of tourists. Secondly, despite its large population the city has several industries, financial institutions and private sectors that provide employment. Thus, the employment rate is high. Other strengths in the community are that they have the best healthcare, educations facilities in Australia. Also, its amenities in terms of water pipelines, sewages and roads are rated as some of the best in the world (Thompson 2007; Mele 2013).
With regard to volunteerism within the community, its level is high. Studies reveal that the community has services that give the people in the community opportunities to volunteer. Some of the programs like orphanages, support and lifestyle programs for the old and community venues give the people a chance to give back to the community. Sydney has several community developments. One of the developments is gardens, community centers and homes for the homeless. In conclusion, Sydney is considered as one of the most important city in the world. According to statists of 2013 it ranked the seventh most important financial city (City of Sidney 2013; UBS 2012)
Phase Two: Mapping Resources
Healthcare in the city of Sydney is provided by both the public and the private sector. Financial resources of healthcare are thus provided by the government and private insurance. The government funds the healthcare through the taxes. New South Wales government has a ministry that is concerned with the issues of health. The management and administration of healthcare resources is done local health districts. They are eight in number and they cover the whole of Sydney (Thompson 2007).
Some of the healthcare programs in the city are pediatric services and forensic mental health. There is an increasing competition of funding among the public and private insurance. Competition increases in funding programs, for example, quit smoking program. In conclusion, the community is one of the considered city when funding and carrying out healthcare activities (Thompson 2007).
Phase Three: Who will help?
Sydney’s Local Government Authorities which are divided into local government areas (LGAs). It is indicated that these LGAs have councils who are elected to manage the city as directed by the New South Wales State Government. State of New South Wales and National Government of Australia work hand in hand to build and enlarge Sydney city. Non-Government Organizations also play a significant role in the maintenance and running of the city. In addition, the community and the neighborhood as well as volunteers participate in making Sydney city an envy of the world (Thompson 2007).
Key Health Players
Health services in the city are said be delivered to people by both private and public systems. The several large hospital distributed in Sydney city are managed by eight metropolitan local health districts. The Medical people are Health students, supported staff and Health care social workers (Thompson 2007; Colman 2010)
These include; the Australian Government, the government of New South Wales, the local governments in Sydney and other stakeholders as well as authorities.
Resource allocation leaders
Australian Government and the government of New South Wales in coordination with local governments are responsible for resource allocations (Thompson 2007; Colman 2010).
Phase Four: people, place health and gatekeepers
Protector of community wellbeing
The New South Wales Government in collaboration with the local governments is responsible in protecting Sydney residents and their property.
Sydney receives Supports from State and Australian Government, Non-government organization and Volunteers (Meyer n.d.).
Local, state/provincial national health policies and priority
There are health policies for solving aging care issues, youth disorders and social health issues.
Priorities are also taken for non-smoking, mental disorders, and alcohol consuming.
Financial resources and any global factors that may affect community
These are manufacturing industries, businesses and property, retail, health and community services (Thompson 2007).
Phase Five: Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities, Threats
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