About

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland (UQ) brings together Indigenous and health expertise across the University, and works collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and health providers, on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health was made possible by the generous support of philanthropists Mr Greg Poche AO and Mrs Kay van Norton Poche.  The Centre is part of the national Poche Indigenous Health Network, together with Poche Centres at the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia and Flinders University in Adelaide and Alice Springs. 

Provide national leadership in urban Indigenous health research and workforce development. We will achieve this by working collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and health providers and developing a skilled, culturally responsive, health workforce.

Develop a skilled and available workforce, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to respond to the challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, through:

  • supporting Indigenous people to make informed choices and create pathways into a career in health; and
  • contributing to the education and training of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and practitioners working in Indigenous health.

Improve urban Indigenous health outcomes across the life course, through:

  • translational research, in collaboration with primary care providers and hospitals that responds to needs identified by Indigenous communities.  The Centre’s research focus is on improved models of health service delivery to urban Indigenous people, with a major emphasis on prevention and education, across the life-course – maternal and child health, the health of young people, and the health of adults and older persons; and
  • encouraging more Indigenous undergraduate students into postgraduate research programs and supporting the development of Indigenous researchers.

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health harnesses expertise from across The University of Queensland and our partner health and community organisations. At UQ we are located within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, although we work broadly across the University, with our UQ Core Partners including the Faculty of Medicine and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. We are also a part of the Poche Indigenous Health Network family. 

Core External Partner Organisations
Collaborations
UQ Poche Affiliates and Adjunct Network

Our Poche Affiliate and Adjuncts Network brings together Indigenous and health expertise at UQ and our external partner organisations.

Poche Network Vision:

To help close the gap in life expectancy and achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Vision:

Healthy, strong and vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.