Melbourne Poche Indigenous Health PhD Familiarisation Program

Student at dinner
Previous participants have said: "The generosity and warmth from the facilitators was something I didn't expect. So generous in their knowledge and experience, both personal and professional."

Tailored for Indigenous health practitioners, students and early career researchers who are considering a PhD, the Melbourne Poche Indigenous Health PhD Familiarisation Program provides workshops and networking opportunities that enable:

  • Connection with some of Australia’s prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers
  • Participation in specialised learning focussed on PhD applications, identifying the right supervisors and research skills
  • Opportunities to build your networks across health sciences with current and future research students
  • Development of your research proposal ideas with specialists and other Indigenous PhD students; and
  • Learning of the support and advancement of Indigenous scholarship at the University of Melbourne

The next program mid-late April 2023.

Express your interest in the 2023 program

Meeting the other delegates gave me a sense of purpose, belonging, community, and hope. Student participant
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The attendees of the 2015 Familiarisation Program Dinner.


The Familiarisation Program uses engaging and interactive workshops to stimulate thinking and discussion around each of the participants’ research interests. Workshops present a broad range of information for participants, whilst still being able to focus specifically on individual topics.

Workshops included:

  • What’s your research idea? (Exploration of each participant’s individual research)
  • Not for the money – what are you doing a PhD for? (What are the motivations and goals for undertaking a PhD, and how it can assist in building a career)
  • What’s standing in your way? (Barriers, distractions and challenges of undertaking a PhD)
  • The University of Melbourne’s PhD+ Program (Extra elements to a PhD program that will support Indigenous PhD students through to graduation)
  • Enrolment and admissions (Administrative guidance as to the enrolment process)
  • Why do I need a supervisor? A guiding light, a partner, a mentor or something else? (The role of a PhD supervisor, what traits exist in a good one)
  • Getting started: Comprehensive library research (Structuring successful research strategies)
  • Moving from the political to a PhD (Narrowing a research agenda into an achievable PhD topic)