The Poche Indigenous Health Network has been created to make the most of the efforts and resources of the individual Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and to focus on issues best dealt with at a national level.
Network activities include:
- Translating research and evidence so it can be used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities in the field
- Influencing government and public policy
- Promoting the research findings of each Poche Centre
- Identifying and supporting projects of national significance
- Profiling the work of the Poche Centres and their collective impact
Our Network will have a highly visible public presence and will contribute to and influence genuine change in public policy and approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It will also amplify the important work of each Poche Centre, bringing together all of our resources to create a connected public presence.
Our vision is to help close the gap in life expectancy and achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We take a positive and practical approach to our activities. Everything we do is geared towards effecting real change that will be sustainable over the long term.
We respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the right to self-determination. We act in accordance with community values and establish respectful relationships.
We work with communities and organisations to understand needs and achieve agreed goals in partnership.
About POCHE Logo
The artwork depicts the ‘river system’ that meanders across the Australian landscape. Rivers and waterways are considered to be the livelihood of Indigenous culture, similar to the blood that keeps us alive.
The yellow circles are ‘gathering or meeting places’ which are scattered across the landscape. These circles represent the Poche Health Centres and the people who use their services. Design by Mazart Design.