The UQ Poche Centre

Thanks to a generous $10 million gift from
Greg and Kay Poche The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health was launched at Customs
House in Early March. The Centre will bring together Indigenous and health expertise across
the University, who will work collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and
health providers. The largest population of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples in Australia is located in South East Queensland, so it’s fitting
that the Centre have a major focus on urban indigenous peoples and our core partner in
this process will be the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. The Centre will focus on training and growing
a stronger workforce in Indigenous health, increasing the number of Indigenous Australian
health discipline graduates and translating research into improved health promotion and
service delivery models, with an emphasis on education and prevention. The health of Urban Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples in Australia has until recently largely been neglected. Our unique
focus on this population will provide national leadership in developing an evidence base
and informing policy and practice in this regard.

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