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The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Research and policy to improve the health of First Nations peoples

Through excellence in research, the Poche Centre aims to close the gap in life expectancy and other health outcomes with First Nations people. 

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.

Our Focus

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.

Our Services

At the moment, we are working 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:





Cardiovascular (Healthy Hearts)

Dr Colin McClintock

Western NSW Local Health Department

Oral Health

Sheree Vickery

Senior Project Policy Officer, Aboriginal Oral Health Services, Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Health

TAFE program      

Janet Wallace

Sydney Dental School

 More information will become 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.

Contact us

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

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