- Student support
We are dedicated to supporting and developing Indigenous Australia’s future health leaders through tailored research and academic supportSupport we offer
- PhD Familiarisation
An annual fully-funded program introducing prospective Indigenous PhD students to the University of Melbourne, preparing them for graduate research study.Find out more
- Indigenous leadership
We have some of Australia’s foremost Indigenous academics, researchers, and professionals in key leadership positions and its alumni networkIndigenous leaders
How we help
- Academic pathways
Finding pathways into a PhD program needs to be taylored to the needs of the inidividual student so we encourage prospective candidates to contact us directly to find out how we can help.Contact Us
- Financial Support
We help find financial support available for eligible Indigenous students.Find out more
- Supervisors & Mentors
We help students connect with supervisors, mentors, and experts.Find out more
- Seminars and Forums
Series of seminars from the Melbourne Poche Centre and forums hosted by the various Poche Centres.Find out more
- Leadership Fellows Program
The Melbourne Poche Leadership Fellows Program supports the development of emerging Indigenous leaders in academic, policy, clinical and research roles in Higher Education institutions, government, health delivery and the community sector.Find out more
- Summer & Winter Schools
The Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the Melbourne School of Education conducts two graduate programs in Indigenous Health: Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (Summer School) and the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership (Winter School).Find out more
- 2016 POCHE National Network Meeting
The Melbourne Poche Centre is a member of the broader POCHE Indigenous Health Network, which allows our researchers to access a national network of Australia's top academic leaders in Indigenous health. The Melbourne Poche Centre hosted the 2016 annual POCHE National Network Meeting.Find out more
Friday All dayAssessment for Indigenous Health EducationEvent
The 2016 documentary about Kevin Coombs OAM. Uncle Kevin was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympic competitor for Australia, competing in wheelchair basketball at five Paralympics Games including the first Paralympics in 1960.Watch the documentary here.News
Thirteen Indigenous students from around the country visited The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus for the second annual Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program in August this year. The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is proud of the success of the second annual PhD Familiarisation Program.News
About the Centre
The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health provides training and development programs for emerging and established Indigenous leaders.
One of our key initiatives is to support the enrolment and graduation of Indigenous PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows in health, through initiatives like the PhD Familiarisation Program.
We are supporting the next generation of Indigenous leaders in health, the health sciences and academia.
The Centre is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Establishment of the Centre
The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health was founded in 2014 through the generosity of Mr Greg Poche AO and his wife Ms Kay Van Norton Poche. The Melbourne Poche Centre is the youngest centre in the POCHE Indigenous Health Network, which comprises six centres at five universities across Australia.
Launch of the Centre
This film, screened at our official launch, showcases the vision of the Centre: to promote Indigenous leadership for radically improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people in Australia.
The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is associated with a network of international centres, Departments and Institutes involved in Indigenous health research and student capacity development.
Our staff and students come from diverse educational backgrounds and research focuses. The Centre is affiliated with respected Elders of the region, and its Strategic Advisory Committee is convened by leaders in Indigenous health and health education.
Greg and I believe that in giving through the universities the best thing that we can do is work towards the future. Kay van Norton Poche
Donating to the University
Mr Greg Poche's generosity is helping close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by supporting vital Indigenous health research. The Poche family and over 20,000 other donors have helped the University reach $500 million in support through Believe - the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.Support the Campaign