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About North Richmond Community Health

North Richmond Community Health (Wulempuri-Kertheba) acknowledges the Wurundjeri people, the owners of the land on which we work. We respect the land in honour of the Wurundjeri Ancestors, who have owned this land for many thousands of years. We recognise the power and resilience of Wurundjeri Ancestors, Elders and people past and present. We also acknowledge the impact of colonisation on all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Our story

North Richmond Community Health began supporting the Richmond community on Wurundjeri land in 1974. Then called the North Richmond Family Care Centre, it was an organisation built to support the diverse needs of the 4,000 strong community members of the Langdon Park Ministry of Housing estate.

A group of progressive doctors approached the estate’s community-led Tenants Union in the early 1970s, and together they came up with the idea of a health centre that didn’t just provide vital medical services, but also fostered and supported the community.

Since it was opened, North Richmond Community Health has been a place for people of all linguistic backgrounds, physical, emotional and mental abilities, faiths and cultures. For 40 years, the community has come to our centre to meet, receive care, seek advice, socialise and celebrate.

In 1994, we received funding from the Victorian Department of Human Services to share its knowledge across the state, and the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) was formed. In the last 21 years, CEH has continued to develop their expertise in health and wellbeing, human rights, cultural competence and health literacy.

 

North Richmond Community Health’s current building opened in late 2012. At that time, North Richmond Community Health was given the honour of an Aboriginal name by Wurundjeri Senior Elder Doreen Garvey-Wandin: Wulempuri-Kertheba, which translates from Woi wurrung as ‘staying healthy together’.

As an organisation, we pride ourselves on our commitment to working with refugees, asylum seekers, newly-arrived migrants, people of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people who inject drugs and people of all socio-economic backgrounds.

We are constantly reiterating that commitment and developing it.

North Richmond Community Health has a long history, with many relationships in the community going back 40 years. We look forward to many more years of learning, working and building healthier communities.

To find out more about our continuing story, take a look at the services we offer.

Mission

To work in partnership with culturally and socially diverse communities to promote and improve: equity, health, and well-being.

Vision

To be an innovative organisation, responsive to and supportive of community needs and aspirations, open to change and challenges.

Values

Innovation, embracing diversity, equity of access, organisational learning, respect for others, openness, connectedness with our community.

Our community

North Richmond Community Health is located within the North Richmond Housing Estate on Wurundjeri land, and is proud to serve the community there and beyond.

The Langdon Park Ministry of Housing Estate towers were erected in the late 1960s, after the area’s cottages, units and pubs were declared a ‘slum’ and demolished. Many different languages, cultures, religions and backgrounds are now represented on the estate. North Richmond Community Health considers it to be a privilege to be part of the local community and their story.

In our 40 years, our community has spread beyond the local housing estate. We offer our care and expertise to people all across Melbourne – some who grew up on the estate and have moved on, others who never lived there but discovered North Richmond Community Health one way or another.

Our community includes Aboriginal children in Robinvale, young families who have just moved to Richmond, older people who have received our care for decades and Timorese patients in our international oral health program.

We welcome you to join our community. Click here to see what services we offer or find out how to get involved.

Our governance and structure

North Richmond Community Health’s Board Membership reflects the diversity of the community it serves. Each Director is independent and serves on the Board of Governance in a voluntary capacity.

Tat Hian (Paul) Tchia:

Chairperson and Founding Director.  Re-elected at the 2015 AGM.

A well-respected and active member of the North Richmond community, Paul is a retired member of the East Timorese Police Force.

Xue Li Zhao

Deputy Chairperson. Re-elected at 2013 AGM.

Now retired from the medical profession, Xue is now an active member of local community groups.

Chris Altis

Deputy Chairperson 2015. Re-appointed as Director in December 2014.

Chris has current experience in the corporate sector and is familiar with the local government sector.

Tim O’Leary

Chairperson of the Financial Risk & Financial Audit Sub-Committee. 

Tim has experience as a CEO, board director and policy consultant in community and public health, acute hospitals, psychiatric services and local government.

Kiang Seng Nheu

Chairperson of the Renumeration & Nomination Sub-Committee.  Re-elected at the 2015 AGM.

Kiang is a former school principal in East Timor and well respected by many former students and their families now residing in the North Richmond community.

Wei Bin Xia

Re-elected at the 2015 AGM.
Wei Bin Xia has a Bachelor of Science in Textile Designing Engineering and is the current President of the Melbourne Chinese Singing and Dance Troupe Inc.

Hatice Yilmaz

Deputy Chairperson 2015. Elected as Director on 27 November 2012.

Hatice qualified as an electrician in Turkey. She has undertaken numerous study and training opportunities since arriving in Australia which all reflect a strong emphasis on community participation. Hatice is a very active member of the North Richmond community.

Shan E Shen

Elected as Director at the 2013 AGM.

Shan E Shen is an active and well respected member of the local North Richmond community.

Board Subcommittees

Financial risk and financial audit:

  • Tim O’Leary (Chair)
  • Paul Tat Hian Tchia
  • Wei Bin Xia
  • Hatice Yilmaz

Remuneration and nomination:

  • Xue Li Zhao (Chair)
  • Kiang Seng Nheu
  • Shan E Shen

Chief executive officer

  •  Demos Krouskos

Board support

Official Interpreters:

  • Richard Wong
  • Jason Fang
  • Irma Bahdus

Governance Manager:

  • Cheryl de Blaquiere

Personal Assistant to CEO:

  • Cristiana Barros
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