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The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Services, research and policy to improve the health of Indigenous peoples
We aim to help close the gap in life expectancy, seek solutions and achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples facing complex health problems.

About us

Our vision is to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal peoples. As a national leader in community engagement and Aboriginal health research, we will translate the knowledge into tangible improvements to enhance and promote strong and healthy communities in NSW and across the nation. 

The centre is finalising its new five-year strategy Building Strong and Health Communities. The draft strategy focuses on five key areas:

·       Community engagement;

·       Research and evidence;

·       Workforce and training;

·       Service delivery, and

·       Influencing policy and practice.

The Centre was established and funded in 2008 by philanthropists Greg Poche AO, Kay Van Norton Poche and their friend Reg Richardson AM.

Poche Indigenous Health Network

Since its establishment, a network of Poche centres has been created across the country with different areas of focus.

The Poche Indigenous Health Network was created in Australia to make the most of the efforts and resources of the individual Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and to focus on issues best dealt with at a national level.

There are presently Poche Centres 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 has been appointed Professor of Practice (Indigenous Engagement) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney to undertake this vital role.

Research highlights

Our global AF paper published in Circulation has been cited 169 times.

Our research team with collaborators from the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics has also had a paper published in the American Journal of Human Genetics on “Equitable Expanded Carrier Screening Needs Indigenous Clinical and Population Genomic Data”.

Shaping course design methods to improve Aboriginal students’ participation in TAFE – over 505 qualifications (93% completion rate).

5 graduates of our TAFE program have gone to university and two have graduated from the University of Sydney.

Enabled a change in the Fluoride Varnish guidelines of the Australian Dental Association and second national workshop in 2020.

This work was recently showcased by the Deeble Institute.

Our Professor of Practice (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Tom Calma AO was recently appointed as a member of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) by the Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care.

The AMRAB advises the Government on research and innovation priorities under the landmark $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). Professor Calma AO is a key member of the Poche Centre’s Research team and leads our engagement work.

Get involved

We work in partnership with communities and existing health and other services to promote sustainability and the development of solutions that work.

To get involved, email

To help fund and support the work we do, make a donation

Past events

Poche Indigenous Health Network 10th Annual Research Showcase

17-18 November 2021

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney on behalf of the Poche Indigenous Health Network, hosted the 10th Annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase 17-18th November, 2021.

The online event, chaired by Professor Tom Calma AO, brought together an array of researchers, scholars and community collaborators to share experiences and findings from some of the great initiatives happening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research from across NSW and Australia.

Contact us

  • Poche Indigenous Health Network, Edward Ford Building (A27), University of Sydney NSW 2006