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The Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced the 14 sites across Australia to receive funding from the $10.7 million availavle under the Australian Government's Indigenous Tobacco Control Initiative. These sites will receive funding to promote anti-tobacco campaigns and prevention strategies, using projects that Mr Snowdon described as 'innovative and cultural-appropriate, community-based approaches'.
The 14 sites include:
These projects will be overseen by the newly announced National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking Tom Calma. Mr Calma was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner until early 2010 and has been Chair of the Close the Gap Steering Committee for Indigenous Health Equality since its inception in March 2006. Mr Calma was also appointed in February of this year to the inaugural Ethics Committee overseeing the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
As the National Coordinator Mr Calma will lead and mentor the Tackling Smoking workforce, currently being established under the Federal Government's $100 million Council of Australian Governments Tackling Smoking Initiative, and provide policy advice on Indigenous Tobacco control. Mr Calma says that the campaign will have to recognise Aboriginal people's distinct relationship with tobacco. It is estimated that about 50 per cent of Indigenous adults smoke compared with 20 per cent of the rest of the population.
Department of Health and Ageing
Central Office postal address
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555 (switchboard)
Media contacts for Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon:
Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Nick Cox (02) 6277 7380