Poche Centre Network Meeting

On the 4-5th of July, the annual Poche Centres’ Network meeting was held here at the Poche Centre at the University of Sydney. It was a great success.

The Network meeting began in the Norman Gregg Lecture theatre with a Welcome from the Patron of the Poche Centres, Dr Tom Calma AO and Welcome to Country from Redfern local, Charles (Chicka) Madden. Mrs Kay Poche and Mr Reg Richardson also welcomed the attendees with warm words and encouragement. Dr Calma’s words about the Challenges and Opportunities in Aboriginal Health can be found here.

The afternoon proceeded in the form of Aboriginal researchers showcasing their truly inspiring work. First up we had Barbara Lucas and Marmingee Hand presenting on Indigenous Involvement in Research: The experiences of the Lililwan Project. The second researcher was Dr John Reid of Flinders University Alice Springs. After John, we heard from Tanya Martin, Poche Scholar with the University of Sydney who presented on Understanding Sorry Business (Bereavement) within Aboriginal Communities in Rural and Remote Areas of NSW, in regard to still births and miscarriages. And lastly, we heard from Maree Meredith, a Poche Scholar from Flinders University in Alice Springs presenting on Mapping the health promoting aspects of art centres on the APY lands.

After a short get together of Poche Centre staff, we were treated to a very generous meal at Buon Ricordo restaurant in Paddington by the donors Mr Greg Poche and Mrs Kay Poche, where everyone was able to enjoy amazing food and mingle with our colleagues from across the nation. It was a very enjoyable evening! For photos of the evening, see here.

The next morning started early (somewhat reluctantly for some!) as we held a Poche Centre Network meeting. After a brief discussion from Dr Tom Calma on “How to Maximise and Measure our Impact”, the Director of each Centre gave a presentation and answered questions about the work they were doing.
The University of Sydney- Ms Kylie Gwynne
Flinders University, Alice Springs- Dr Kerry Taylor (Acting Director)
Flinders University, Adelaide- Dr Dennis McDermott

To finish off the proceedings a series of stalls were housed in the New Law Foyer, showcasing the amazing work that is taking place around the country in the space of Aboriginal Health. This was another truly inspiring array of people and efforts. The line-up of talent can be found here and photos of the event, here.