1981 – 1990

By 1982, 62% of all clients of the service lived in Brunswick.

  • 96% of clients were either semi-skilled employees or process workers and labourers
  • 80% of clients were born overseas. Income for the financial year exceeded $211,600

In June 1984 advice was received that the Centre was able to employ two doctors and a clinic nurse, after an extensive campaign which involved hundreds of letters, deputations, resolutions and meetings.

In 1985, Chief Executive, Meredith Kefford oversaw the purchase of the land for the Brunswick site, at 11 Glenlyon Road. During this year, staff numbers (including relieving staff) grew to 27, client contacts reached 16,310 and income rose to $443,169.

In March 1985, Coburg Community Health Centre opened in what was previously the Royal Melbourne Hospital Coburg Centre at 362 Sydney Road Coburg.

In April 1987, Coburg Community Health Centre moved into their new building at 93 Bell Street Coburg also adding a number of new services. The site was officially opened by the then Prime Minister and Leader of the Australian Labor Party, the Hon Robert Hawke on 28 June 1987.

By 1987, with 35 staff and with approximately 3000 people using the Centre each month, the Centre continued to grow and provide an important service to the local community. A pilot dental service was planned to commence that year.

On April 20 1988, the contract for the building at Glenlyon Road, Brunswick was signed. Income for the year reached $644,261 and client contacts were 26,087. In July 1990, Brunswick Community Health Centre moved into their new building.