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vol 8 issue 2 Sep 2014

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11 11 Poche Centre News Poche Network Meeting July saw the coming together of the five Poche Centres for a network meeting that was held in Darwin. The national network of Poche Centres now includes Flinders Alice Springs and Adelaide, Sydney University, University of Western Australia and Melbourne University. There are plans for further expansion with negotiations in place for a Queensland Poche Centre as well. Apart from an opportunity for showcasing our work, the network meeting focused on potential collaborations to strengthen the profile and outcomes for Poche Centres nationally. The gathering started with a Welcome Reception at Government House hosted by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Sally Thomas, AC. Other activities included a well-attended Key Thinkers Forum, chaired by Poche Patron Dr Tom Calma. The purpose was to discuss substance use in Indigenous communities, the evidence, whats working, whats not and what are the issues and opportunities for the future. The program included a lunch hosted by Professor John Wakerman at Flinders NT and tours of the NT Medical Program and associated facilities. It was also an opportunity to formally announce the 2014 recipients of the Poche Alice Springs Scholarships for Indigenous medical students, established to support 3rd or 4th year students to complete their studies. This years recipients were Bekkie Lee and Amber Revell. Bekkie was able to join in the presentation ceremony via video link from Katherine, with Amber able to attend in Darwin. Mrs Kay Poche described meeting the students and hearing their stories as the highlight of the philanthropic work undertaken in Mr Greg Poches name. The network of Poche Centres nationally bring together leading researchers, alumni, faculty, students and communities to find sustainable, workable and affordable solutions to Indigenous health issues. Poche Centres, 2014 Above: Bekkie Lee (l) accepting her scholarship via video-link from Katherine Campus, with Dr Pascale Dettwiller Above left: The Poche meeting held in Darwin in July 2014. Below left: Dr Tom Calma and Poche scholarship recipient Amber Revell.