Victoria Minister for Health David Davis
Festival-Goers Celebrate Opening Of North Richmond Community Health Centre Stage 2
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Health David Davis today officially opened Stage 2 of the redevelopment of the North Richmond Community Health Centre.
At a special celebration for the health service’s 18th annual Moon Lantern Festival, Mr. Davis said the redevelopment brings together many vital health services under one roof in North Richmond.
“This modern, purpose-built facility provides the community with an increased range of high quality community health services and was built in two stages to ensure the health service could remain operational and meet community needs.” Mr. Davis said.
“The new 3,290 square metre facility allows North Richmond Community Health to locate all its services on the one site, providing a community room and cafe to encourage a range of physical and social activities as well as acting as a place for people to meet and socialise.”
The new facility also delivers shared care programs with the Mercy Hospital for Women, such as ante and postnatal classes and an expansion of the general practice and drug safety programs with the City of Yarra providing $1.5 Million to co-locate their maternal and childcare services at the centre.
The final Stage 2 of the $24 Million redevelopment of the North Richmond Community Health Centre increases the capacity of the new facility by:
- Expanding dental services from three to seven chairs;
- Increasing the number of clinical rooms to expand medical and nursing programs;
- Expanding the number of counselling rooms from three to eight;
- Co-locating the Yarra City Council’s Maternal and Child Health service into the new facility.
The 18th annual Moon Lantern Festival is a popular Chinese and Vietnamese festival which dates back more than 3,000 years and has been run by the North Richmond Community Health Centre at the North Richmond Public Housing Estate for the past 17 years.