Poche Centre for Indigenous Health


The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health supports and conducts a range of research programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of Indigenous people.

Mental health and social and emotional wellbeing issues are estimated to account for 22 per cent of the life expectancy gap for Aboriginal people. The historical legacy, intergenerational suffering, chronic stress, contemporary trauma and loss, and disadvantage—particularly in education—all contribute to poor mental and physical health and chronic disease.
Health service interventions for better prevention and management of chronic disease for Aboriginal people
Cancer and cardiovascular disease account disproportionately for poor health and the life expectancy gap in Aboriginal people.
Improving health, disability and developmental outcomes for Aboriginal children
There is good evidence that intervention in the first two years of life can prevent cycles of impairments and improve long-term neurodevelopmental and mental health outcomes.

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