From the Director

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Shawana Andrews, Director

The last 12 months have been yet another challenging year, but also one that has seen many achievements across the Melbourne Poche Centre.

I’m particularly proud of our PhD students, who have shown great resilience and tenacity.

2021 has been a time of reflection; we finalised our External 5-year Review, reflecting on the Centre's first five years, and set our sights on the next five years with renewed goals and strategic planning.

The Poche network was able to come together in Darwin (and Zoom), spending important time with our benefactors. We look forward to Melbourne joining in-person next time.

Our new research program has two important evaluations underway and a new interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges health, justice and Indigenous Knowledges.

While constant state lockdowns challenged our ability to connect in place and impacted greatly on our Leadership Program cohort, we delivered an online webinar to support our leaders promote their research and build their reputations.

In the new year I’m looking forward to connecting with others at the Centre again and welcoming our newest PhD student cohort with a new PhD Program and our leadership fellows with a re-visioned program.

Shawana Andrews, Director, Melbourne Poche Centre

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