Our strategic objectives

  • Deliver and expand evidence-informed services that meet a proven need and have a positive impact
  • Expand our research effort and draw on this to support and inform the purpose of the Centre
  • Provide professional development opportunities and scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Stimulate, inform and contribute to debate about strategies for improving Indigenous health so as to influence public opinion and public policy
  • Establish sustainable funding from a variety of sources – philanthropic donors, governments, medical and health professionals
  • Achieve maximum impact within the constraints of available resources.

Our approach

Everything we do at The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is underpinned by one core value – respect.

We respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the right to self-determination. We work in collaboration with communities, consulting closely to gain an understanding of community needs and partnering to achieve mutually agreed goals

We prioritise open and pro-active communication. We act in accordance with community values and establish respectful and constructive relationships. In every case, we work to develop sustainable, long-term improvements in health services and health outcomes for the people and communities we are engaged with.

Our principles

In application, our respect-based approach means that all of our work is shaped by three principles:

  • We form lasting partnerships – we establish productive working relationships built on trust, confidence and a commitment to long-term engagement.
  • We respond to needs – we provide services and initiate new activities that fill gaps, solve problems and break down barriers to improving health.
  • We are respectful of culture – we respect the holistic definition of Indigenous health which takes in not just the physical well-being of an individual but the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community, and we ensure that everything we do happens in a way that is sensitive and appropriate to the particular requirements of the communities in which we work.

Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu

The University of Sydney context

The University of Sydney’s goals relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement are set out in its integrated strategy: Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu. The Poche Centre fully supports this strategy, and will contribute towards meeting its targets.

Wingara Mura creates a context and mandate for inclusion and transformation, by firmly establishing the University’s intentions and commitments with respect to engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

It sets ambitious targets for attracting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students, building cultural competence, and expanding research partnerships. Visit the Wingara Mura website for details.

The Poche Centre will collaborate with the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services to promote and support the aims and intent of Wingara Mura. Specifically, we will jointly host research and other forums, promote and develop joint research initiatives, and encourage and support Aboriginal students and staff.