KIAMA residents have the chance to flag the barriers they face in accessing health services, but according to the latest study, they have very little to worry about.
The community will be consulted on the region's healthcare needs through a survey conducted by Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local.
The survey is a follow-up from the recently released Illawarra-Shoalhaven Population Health Profile: 2013, which provided information on the community's health needs, as well as highlighting gaps in health and social services.
In the report, Kiama had the lowest rates of GP visits, avoidable hospital admissions, avoidable death including cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease, and low rates of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and arthritis.
Kiama also had the least developmentally vulnerable children in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven catchment, as well as the lowest rates of mental, behavioural and mood problems and high psychological stress.
With the lowest rates of socioeconomic disadvantage, Kiama residents are more likely to be employed, have a car in their household, be proficient in English, lead active lives, be connected to the internet and take out private health insurance.
They are less likely to smoke, be obese or experience mortgage or rental stress.
However, Kiama had the second highest rate of alcohol consumption, third highest rate of asthma and no full-time GPs.
It also had the second highest percentage of people aged 65 years and above, at 20.1 per cent.
ISML Population Health and Planning manager Abhijeet Ghosh said results from the survey would be used to formulate and implement timely, appropriate and effective primary health care services.
The move towards e-health - electronic health records - was one of the focuses of the survey.
"Moving around to different places, having your own record ready and up is more important; hence awareness questions about e-health are being asked in the survey," he said.
ISML health collaborations project officer Sandra McCarthy said the survey was an opportunity to find out what residents felt the priority health needs were for the future.
"It's really valuable information that the community can provide," she said.
"It's not only for local residents - we're taking it through to January 30 over the holiday period, so we're encouraging visitors and holidaymakers to do the survey as well and put the postcode of the area in which they are holidaying because really, that data is extremely important for planning for the extra burden on services in those crucial holiday times."
To fill out the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/s/myhealthsay.
Participants will go into a draw to win a $500 Coles-Myer gift voucher.
A forum will be held for healthcare providers at The Pavilion on October 29.