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Date posted: 18 November 2013
The University of Western Australia (UWA), has received a generous donation of $10 million from freight magnate Greg Poche for a new centre for Indigenous health.
The money will fund a new Poche Centre for Indigenous health in Perth, to work alongside sister centres at Flinders University in Adelaide and the University of Sydney.
The goal is to improve Indigenous health, while advocating stronger social and emotional well-being. The UWA Poche Centre will work together with the University's School of Indigenous Studies, and the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health and the Rural Clinical School.
The centre will also tackle children's health, disability and developmental outcomes, as well as chronic disease. Professor Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said a long-established strength in Aboriginal health research and education would be added to by the Poche centre.
'This will bring together the University's considerable expertise, programs and resources in Aboriginal health in a strong partnership,' Professor Johnson said. 'Fostering collaborations between health professionals and Aboriginal communities is critical for successful health outcomes.'
Source: News Limited