The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-being Alice Springs forms part of a developing network of Poche Centres that also includes its sister centre at Flinders University Adelaide and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney. The twin Flinders University Poche Centres were made possible by an extraordinarily-generous donation by the leading Australian health philanthropist, Mr. Greg Poche, AO. Mr Poche shows us how one individual can make a difference. His further intent is to promote giving by others to benefit society. Mr Poche has been supported by his wife Kay and guided by his great friend Reg Richardson AM.
The Poche Centre of Indigenous Health and Well-Being in Alice Springs is led by Professor Della Yarnold (currently on leave). Dr Kerry Taylor will be Acting Deputy Director.
The vision of the Poche Centre Alice Springs is to contribute to the improved health outcomes of Aboriginal people in remote communities of the Northern Territory and Australia, through conducting high quality research, education, and training. The Poche Centre achieves this vision in partnership with Aboriginal communities.
This Centre builds on the University’s existing strengths in Central Australia and works to increase the number of Indigenous students studying medicine, nursing and other health profession courses, further develop the skills of the non-Indigenous health workforce, lead research into Indigenous health related behaviour, and improve training in cross-cultural communication skills.