How did we come about?

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide, was established in January 2011 within the College of Medicine and Public Health (formerly the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences) at Flinders University. It is a sister centre to the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Northern Territory and forms part of a national network of Poche Centres including centres at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.

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. 

What do we want to do?

  • Build the health workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • Strengthen the capability of both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous components of the Indigenous health workforce
  • Increase Indigenous researcher capacity
  • Innovate in, and Indigenise, Indigenous mental health and well-being research
  • Further a decolonising scholarship based on Indigenous knowledge and perspectives
  • Advocate for social justice, and
  • Through all the above, contribute significantly to improved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, particularly to stronger social, spiritual and emotional well-being.