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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 pay our respects to Wurundjeri Ancestors, Elders and people past and present. We also acknowledge the impact of colonisation on all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our story
Mission, vision and values
Our community
Our governance and structure
Our publications
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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.


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


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


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.

Chris Altis

Chair 2018. Re-appointed as Director in November 2017. Chair of Remuneration and Nomination Subcommittee. Chris has worked on health policy, management and communications at senior levels for over two decades at state and federal government levels.

Xue Li Zhao

Deputy Chair 2018. Member of Remuneration & Nomination Subcommittee. Co-Independent Chair of Clinical Care Committee. Re-elected at 2013 AGM. Now retired from the medical profession, Xue is now an active member of local community groups.

Tim O’Leary

Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee. Appointed November 2016. Tim has extensive experience as a CEO, board director and policy consultant in community and public health, acute hospitals, psychiatric services and local government.

Wei Bin Xia

Re-appointed by the board in 2018 for an extension of Board tenure following nine years of service as a director. Member of Finance Audit and Risk Sub Committee. 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

Elected as Director in November 2012. Reappointed in November 2016. 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 and sits on the Office of Housing Community Liaison Committee.

Shan E Shen

Elected as Director at the 2013 AGM. Reappointed in October 2016. Shan E Shen is an active and well respected member of the local North Richmond community.

Hui Hui Zhang.

Elected as Director in October 2016. Hui Hui Zhang is a retired senior engineer. She is the founder and current Vice President of the Chinese Elderly Association. She also volunteers with the Salvation Army.

Jin Lin

Elected as Director in October 2018. Member of Finance Audit and Risk Sub Committee.


Guo Ping Xu

Elected as Director in October 2018. Member of Finance Audit and Risk Sub Committee.

Board Subcommittees

Financial Audit and Risk:

  • Tim O’Leary (Chair)
  • Wei Bin Xia
  • Guo Ping Xu
  • Jin Lin

Remuneration and nomination:

  • Chris Altis (Chair)
  • Xue Li Zhao
  • Tim O’Leary
  • Shan E Shen

Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR)

  • Chris Altis
  • Tim O’Leary

Chief executive officer

  •  Demos Krouskos

Board support

Official Interpreters:

  • Jason Fang
  • Irma Bahdus

Governance Manager:

  • Cheryl de Blaquiere

Personal Assistant to CEO:

  • Cristiana Karagiannis
Putting the Mouth Back into the Body conference, 2016 at North Richmond Community Health (NRCH)

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