The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health has designed a bold, innovative and multilayered leadership development, mentoring and sponsorship program. The primary aim of the program is to tackle long standing Indigenous health inequalities in new ways.
To achieve this aim the program will engage with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in diverse roles and career stages who wish to be contributors to a transformative sector-wide change agenda. The Melbourne Poche Centre, located within the University of Melbourne will draw on the extensive resources and partnerships of the University to pursue the program aims. Over time, the program aspires to operate as a voice and catalyst of change within the sector, drawing on the insights and agency of those who engage with the program and in due course form a strong and influential alumni.
Applications for the 2017 Program are now closed, however please contact us if you are interested in participating in the 2018 Program.
Fellows are at the centre of this program. The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous health is committed to providing early career Indigenous leaders with leadership development, a strong cohort of peers, the opportunity to build their networks and social capital and to be provided with mentoring and sponsorship opportunities.
Fellows will be early career Indigenous staff in academic, policy, clinical or research roles in higher education, government, health delivery and community sectors who wish to better equip themselves to make a difference to Indigenous health outcomes. They will have the capacity to commit time to an extensive program and be passionate about working in innovative ways to improve Indigenous health outcomes.
Mentors will be mid-career Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working in the health or allied health sectors, committed to improving Indigenous health outcomes in Australia.
They will be keen to mentor emerging Indigenous leaders, to connect with senior leaders in the sector, and to enhance their own spheres of influence and capacity to work for change. Mentors must be available to attend workshops in Melbourne and have capacity to self fund their program involvement.
Elders and Sponsors
Elders and Sponsors will be well established Indigenous and non- Indigenous leaders, known for their track record in enabling Indigenous opportunity. They will have a generous and developmental approach and remain open to learning from the next generation of leaders. They will be willing to use their time, knowledge, connections and social capital to work with mentors and fellows to bring about positive change in the health sector.
- Professor Shaun Ewen, Director Melbourne Poche Centre
Professor Ewen is the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. As Foundation Director, Professor Ewen provides academic leadership to the Centre and maintains a strong sense of Indigenous leadership in the health and higher education sectors.
Professor Ewen has held the position of Associate Dean (Indigenous Development) since its inception in 2010. In this role he was charged with working across the Faculty to oversee the implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan. He also provides the academic and Indigenous leadership for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) project, a bi-national project of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
Professor Ewen has a clinical background in physiotherapy, and holds postgraduate qualifications in international relations and education. His area of research expertise relates to Indigenous health and health professional education.
- Dr Jen de Vries
Jen is an authority on leadership - particularly leadership development for women - and she is the author of the paper Mentoring for Change, commissioned by Universities Australia Executive Women and LH Martin Institute. Her PhD examined the capacity of women's programs to contribute to organisational culture change while her current research is about sponsorship practices in Higher Education and how they impact people's careers. She is an academic specialist in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and is responsible for the Faculty Mentoring Program. Jen is also an independent consultant for leadership development, gender strategy, mentoring and sponsorship.
- Ms Tess Ryan, Visiting Graduate Research Fellow
Tess is a Biripi woman from Taree, NSW. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. (Hons) majoring in Communications and Media Studies and she is now a PhD candidate, her thesis focusing on Indigenous women and leadership in Australia. Tess was awarded the University of Canberra Medal for her Honours thesis, ‘The push/pull indicators of Indigenous political engagement’, and she has received various awards, including the Charles Perkins scholarship, the Lorna May scholarship and the ABC Indigenous Media scholarship. Tess has worked in social for at risk justice work children and young people, and she is now supporting Indigenous students at Trinity College.