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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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Improving equity, health and wellbeing for all.

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.

We work with everybody in this community and try to deliver services that work for all people regardless of their background.

We’re experts in working effectively with migrant and refugee clients. We share this knowledge with other organisations through our program The Centre, for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH). CEH helps Victorian organisations deliver and improve their services so they are easy to access and provide fair treatment to migrant and refugee clients.

 

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’ in the Woi Wurrung language.

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.

Mission

Build healthier communities by making healthcare more accessible and culturally relevant.

Vision

Healthcare that builds community.

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 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 CEO

Damian comes to us from Star Health and welcomes his appointment as Interim CEO. “People drawn to work in community health are motivated by wanting to make a difference to society. I love the fact that we are motivated by social justice principles and want to put our clients at the centre of what we do,” he said.

Damian has had leadership roles in the health, housing, community development and transport sectors in New South Wales and Victoria. His work has been focussed on tackling social, economic, health inequity.

Damian has developed and implemented many programs to narrow the gap between disadvantaged communities and the rest of the state, including as the first Director of Neighbourhood Renewal with the Department of Human Services. He has initiated many place-based interventions to build community capacity through partnerships with community, businesses and the philanthropic sectors.

Damian has a Masters of Applied Science (Social Ecology), a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution, a Bachelor of Theology and completed the Executive Fellows Program at the Australia New Zealand School of Government.

Our Governance and Structure

Chris Altis (Chair)

Chris Altis

Chris has been Chair of North Richmond Community Health since 2018 and has over 25 years’ experience in the health sector, working in a policy, advisory or chief of staff capacity at Victorian and national levels.

Chris is a director at Austin Health where he Chairs the board’s Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of its Finance Committee as well as the Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Rod Wilson

Rod Wilson

Rod has extensive experience in the Australian health sector having been CEO of three Victorian Community Health services and a Medicare Local. He is a former executive member of the Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance and has written and presented extensively about the development of more sustainable and effective integrated primary health services.

 

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.

Natalie Savin

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. Natalie is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Dr. Terri Jackson

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.

Richard Wong

Richard Wong

Mr. Wong is an expert in language services and a NAATI Accredited Professional Translator and Interpreter. Mr. Wong is a member of several Chinese community organisations across Victoria.

Tim O’Leary

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.

Sally Mitchell

Sally Mitchell

Sally has worked with community health services across inner Melbourne in a range of positions.  An experienced executive manager and board member, she has supported organisations through periods of growth and change. Sally has been a resident of Richmond for many years.

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