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Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Black lives matter. Aboriginal lives matter. Black deaths in custody must stop

Friday, 5 June 2020

The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at The University of Western Australia has today released a Statement on #BlackLivesMatter, and Black deaths in custody. An extract from the Statement is below.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Federal funding boost for Indigenous mental health services

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

A research program led by The University of Western Australia has received $5 million to improve the delivery of mental health services for Australia’s Indigenous population.

Dr Mark Waters

Crop productivity and WA heritage winners in latest ARC funding

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A project led by Dr Mark Waters from UWA to find new ways to improve crop productivity and one by UWA’s Professor Alistair Paterson to help preserve the heritage of the state’s north-west are winners in the latest round of funding grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Celebration

Friday, 24 July 2015



Indigenous Health is not usually synonymous with good news, but a reception at UWA this week showed that generosity, collaboration and research is a winning formula in promoting Healthy Minds and Healthy Lives for Indigenous peoples in Australia.

Arnhem Land community-driven mental health program being used as case study for rest of country

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Professor Pat Dudgeon was one of the National Mental Health Commissioners visiting Elcho Island and the Galiwin'ku team who deliver a disaster response to the community following cyclones. Professor Dudgeon said the Galiwin'ku program could be used as a case study for best practice, as it is an appropriate disaster response model, that is culturally appropriate, working in both Western and traditional knowledges with excellent client care.

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Young Worora medical student is an inspiration to many

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

When Greg and Kay Poche presented UWA with a $10,000,000 cheque to establish the WA-based Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in 2013, they would have been impressed by young UWA medical student Vinka Barunga.

Vinka had attended the ceremony to represent medical students from the School of Indigenous Studies and the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health. At the time, she had completed the third year of her medical degree. 

Research Fellows Appointed for Poche Centre

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at UWA is delighted to announce the appointments of Dr Sandy Hamilton and Carolyn Moylan as Poche Research Fellows.

Poche Centres, located within selected universities around Australia, operate to address complex health issues in Aboriginal people and communities. The Centre at UWA, under its focus of Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives, seeks to deliver health services and intergenerational change through its key areas of Culture, Wellbeing and Mental Health; Aboriginal Children’s Health and Development; and Chronic Disease.

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The Poche Leadership Development Awards

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Poche Leadership Development Awards provide opportunities and support for Indigenous students in medicine, dentistry and health sciences to build their leadership skills and knowledge in health at local, national and international levels. The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is pleased to present this Award to the following Indigenous medical students:


National Network Meeting and Poche Key Thinkers Forum

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Poche Centres for Indigenous Health held their annual National Network Meeting and Poche Key Thinkers Forum in Darwin from 9-11 July.  Funded by the generous donation of Greg Poche and Kay Poche, there are now Poche Centres at the University of Sydney, Flinders University (Adelaide and Alice Springs), the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne. 

Culture the key to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ social and emotional wellbeing: roundtable

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Culture and self-determination are key to reducing suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, according to a recent roundtable of Indigenous Elders, youth leaders, health professionals, academics, social justice campaigners and government figures.

Co-sponsored by the UWA-based Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, the two-day roundtable was addressed by Canadian professor Michael Chandler, a highly regarded researcher on suicide prevention among Canada’s First Nations people.

Elder: Land is our healing

Monday, 23 June 2014

Derby Elder Lorna Hudson OAM was a special guest of The University of Western Australia’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at a summit addressing the urgent issue of self-harm and suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities earlier this week.

The summit was co-sponsored by the Poche Centre.