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The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health –
University of Queensland
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 focus of the UQ Poche Centre is on addressing two key challenges:
1. developing a skilled and available workforce, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to respond to the challenges in urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, through:
- Supporting young Indigenous people in raising aspiration, making informed choices and creating pathways into a career in health; and
- Training UQ health students for careers in Indigenous health. An integral part of the Centre’s activities is collaboration with clinical partners to provide greater support, mentoring, career opportunities and placements in Indigenous health for students studying at university.
2. Improving urban Indigenous health outcomes across the life course, through translational research in collaboration with primary care providers and hospitals on improved models of health service delivery to urban Indigenous people, with a major focus on prevention and education.
Led by Professor Cindy Shannon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education), the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health harnesses the collaborative efforts of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. UQ’s key collaborator in this work is the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. Other partners include the Mater Health Services and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.