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University of Sydney's Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, which is situated within University's medical school, recently launched their new three-year strategy: Healthy kids, healthy teeth, healthy hearts. The aims of the Centre are to give Indigenous people decent health and reasonable life expectancy; reduce, if not eradicate, a range of preventable illnesses; play a key role in the delivery of practical health care to Indigenous communities, and undertake research, the results of which will inform the way in which Indigenous health care is delivered.
Founders of the Poche Centre, Greg and Kay Poche and Reg Richardson, strongly believe in the value and importance of research in informing and influencing the ways Aboriginal health care is delivered and are pleased this will continue to be a core part of the centre's activity. They are also excited about the new emphasis on drawing together the expertise and experience of key thinkers in the field to influence public policy and the ways health care is delivered for Aboriginal people and communities.
Their emphasis on healthy hearts includes improving cardiovascular health and providing access to specialist medical advice, with a particular focus on extending life expectancy among older community members. Over the past four years, the Centre has been running regular clinics with student attendance, including a periodic Pacemaker Technician to accompany the team. The Centre is expanding these services with the introduction of e-medicine to provide additional opportunities for patient follow up between fly in visits meaning more treatments with less ongoing travel costs.
The launch was hosted by the Dean of the Sydney Medical School, Professor Bruce Robinson, with special guests Kay Poche, Reg and Sally Richardson, and new Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Belinda Hutchinson. After the official launch, a research presentation hosted by Professor Glenn Salkeld, Head of the School of Public Health, followed the launch which showcased the research the Poche Centre is supporting.
Source: University of Sydney
Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Sydney School of Public Health
Edward Ford Building A27
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Ph: (02) 9114 0829