The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health (Poche Flinders) was established at Flinders University in Bedford Park (South Australia) in January 2011, Alice Springs (Northern Territory) in 2012 and Darwin (Northern Territory) in 2016. Poche Flinders is now affiliated under the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) in the College of Medicine and Public Health (CMPH). It 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 Flinders University Poche Centre was made possible by an extraordinarily-generous donation by the leading Australian health philanthropist, Mr Greg Poche, AO. Mr Poche shows how one individual can make a difference with his 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.
Poche Flinders Vision
To create a life-course approach, to promote learning pathways, support healthy country and culture, and build leadership capacity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health.
Poche Flinders Mission
Healthy country, healthy people, health leaders.
The Flinders University Poche Centre for Indigenous Health will focus on developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and build the health workforce throughout the South Australian and Northern Territory central corridor by undertaking to:
- Provide tertiary learning guidance, pathways and support from youth to retirement in the development of a cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and leaders.
- Foster ongoing partnerships and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Undertake collaborative research to close the gap.
- Incorporate traditional and western innovations into interdisciplinary educational and teaching activities.