In 2008, following a generous donation from philanthropists and Indigenous health advocates Greg Poche AO and Kay Van Norton Poche, the first Poche Centre was established by the University of Sydney.
The Poches, along with their friend and co-founder Reg Richardson AM, saw an opportunity for the skills, expertise and resources of the University to be harnessed towards improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. They also saw the opportunity for the information gained through experience and research to inform health care policy and practice.
Due to their vision, a network of Poche Centres now exists across the country, putting the nation’s best minds towards our most complex problems.
In late 2014, the national office of the Poche Indigenous Health Network was established in Sydney to amplify the strengths and successes of individual centres at The University of Sydney, Flinders University, The University of Western Australia,
The University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland.