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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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Homework club at North Richmond Community Health (NRCH), support and tutoring

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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 opening, North Richmond Community Health has been a place for people of all linguistic backgrounds, physical, emotional and mental abilities, faiths and cultures.

For 46 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 46 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 46 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.

We are now calling for nominations for the Board of Directors. Find out more here.

Chris Altis

Chair 2018. 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

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

Tim O’Leary

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

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

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.

Natalie Savin

Natalie is an experienced executive manager and has worked in both local and state government as well as in the not for profit sector. She is currently a director and company secretary of Alola Australia Ltd. Natalia is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Dr. Terri Jackson

Terri is an adjunct associate professor at the Melbourne Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research, and in the School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to her academic work, Terri was a community health manager and activist. She served as inaugural chief executive of the Fitzroy Community Health Centre.

Dr Chris Boyle

In 1989 Chris was one of the first dentists to set up a Community Dental program at the Inner North at Fitzroy Community Health Centre. Chris strongly supports community health initiatives and advocates for marginalised groups to access quality health care and services.

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

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