Healthcare innovation

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

About us

Our focus at the Poche Centre is on delivering world class research by working with First Nations communities, health care institutions and providers. In partnership we actively seek to achieve health equality and solutions to the complex health problems First Nations people face. 

We have worked together at the Poche Centre in NSW over a long period of time*.  Our donors are incredibly proud of this history and are particularly grateful to all organisations and volunteers with whom we have worked towards closing the gap in life expectancy and other health outcomes.

We are now transitioning to be one of Sydney University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health’s seven leading ‘flagship’ research centres. Flagship centres undertake world-leading research in order to address significant, long-term challenges. They focus on delivering outcomes through multiple research programs in their defined field aimed at delivering transformational change

Our relaunch and new focus, recognises the fact that as a fully focused research centre, the Poche Centre, in genuine partnership with empowered communities, is best placed to deliver world-class research that leads to transformational change in health care practice and policy.

In order to drive innovation in First Nations research, national health policy and practice, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Research is currently focused on:

  • Empowering First Nations communities by developing research capability as a real partnership between the university and the communities
  • Attracting and developing the best and brightest to work on the most critical health issues and long-term challenges facing First Nations people
  • Becoming the centrepiece for First Nations research and community engagement at the University of Sydney.

During transition we worked with NSW Health to ensure the smooth transition of all clinical services previously provided by the Poche Centre to appropriate health care institutions and providers.

These services still continue. For more information on services contact the following:

 More information will become available soon. 

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section is in development and will be available soon. 

*The University of Sydney Centre was originally established and funded in 2008 by philanthropists Greg Poche AO, Kay Van Norton Poche and their friend Reg Richardson AM – See more on our history here.


Poche Indigenous Health Network

Since its establishment, the national network of Poche Centres has honed the area of focus appropriate to each location to make sure specific local, remote, rural and regional issues are best dealt with.

The current Poche Centres are in Queensland (University of Queensland), Western Australia (University of Western Australia), South Australia/Northern Territory (Flinders University), New South Wales (University of Sydney), and Victoria (University of Melbourne).

Professor Tom Calma AO leads this network as its Chairperson and is also the Professor of Practice (Indigenous Engagement) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney to undertake this vital role.