Health Care and Social Assistance is the second largest employing sector in the Armidale Region and produces the third largest export value. Value added and exports have grown faster than the regional NSW average in recent years led by growth in Social Assistance Services.

$248 million

contribution to local output


jobs supported


local businesses

$176 million

value generated in the region

$54 million

exports to extrenal markets

1 in 5

residents aged >65

Health Care & Social Assistance



    • Health Care and Social Assistance Services is a strong provider of wealth in the Armidale Region. Its share of output and value added in 2018/19 was well above the regional NSW average.

    • It is the third largest generator of exports for the Region, and its share of total exports in 2018/19 was 45% above the regional NSW average.

    • More than 16% of the workers in Armidale Region work in the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector.
Glass Buildings

"Armidale Hospital recently underwent a major $62 million redevelopment which included adding new Emergency and Surgical Departments, and new facilities for staff and patients"

Wooden Hut

"The modern UNE Medical Centre provides state-of-the-art medical teaching facilities and opportunities for students to develop skills while serving the community"


    • Health Care and Social Assistance has averaged 5.3% p.a. growth in value added over the last decade, and the last three years has seen even stronger increases especially in Social Assistance Services.

    • Exports in the sector have grown well above the regional NSW average.

    • Health Care and Social Assistance jobs have grown by 4.5% p.a. over the decade, and recent jobs growth has averaged 6.2% p.a., well above the regional NSW average.


    • Social Assistance Services is the largest contributor within the Sector, generating $63M in value added in 2018/19, or 36% of the total.

    • The largest numbers of businesses are in General Practice Medical Services (58 in 2019), and Other Social Assistance Services (20 in 2019).
Glass Buildings

"In 2018, a dedicated Headspace centre was opened in Armidale offering specialist mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25 years"

Wooden Hut

"Aged and disability care services have experienced some of the largest growth in employment in recent years"


    • The population in Armidale and surrounding regions is ageing. In 2018, one in every five residents was 65 years or older.

    • The share of residents in this age bracket grew by a whole percentage point in just four years.

    • An ageing population that lives longer will see increased demand for health and social assistance services in a key service centre like Armidale.












(45 years)



Source: ABS Census, 2016;

(Regional NSW)


Born o/s




Degree Educated











    In 2016:

    • Armidale Region workers were slightly younger, more likely to be male and more likely to be born overseas than the regional NSW average.

    • A higher share of workers were degree educated.

    • An equivalent share of workers to the regional average managed their own business.

    • Workers were slightly less likely to be working full-time than the regional NSW average and were earning marginally lower median incomes.

Armidale Rural Referral Hospital

Armidale's public hospital is part of the Hunter New England Local Health District. A new four-story building opened in 2018 providing extra facilities that include a new:
- Emergency Department,
- Medical Inpatient ward,
- Intensive Care Unit,
- Surgical Department, and
- Central Sterilising Department.


Armidale Private Hospital

Armidale Private Hospital has been in operation since 1998 offering a range of health care services. The hospital is a 30 bed facility owned & operated by Ramsay Health Care, the largest private health care company in Australia.

The Ascent Group

Located in Armidale and established in the 1950’s, Ascent provides quality disability support services across the New England Region.


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