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Lockhart River to celebrate launch of hip hop video

10 April 2014

Lockhart River in North Queensland will celebrate the launch of a hip hop video featuring young people from the community on April 16 2014.
 

Close the gap day sets focus on Indigenous healthcare

18 March 2014

Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Geelong cats promote healthy living in Warrnambool

17 March 2014

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative’s health clinic in Warrnambool, Victoria, was visited last week by members of the Geelong Cats AFL team to target obesity and smoking.
 

New campaign targets Indigenous smokers' in rural Queensland

31 January 2014

The Cancer Council of Queensland is targeting Aboriginal smokers in a new campaign aimed at addressing the growing number of smokers in regional and rural areas.
 

Indigenous smoking falls but still higher than other Australians

12 December 2013

Smoking rates among indigenous people have fallen by 10% in a decade, but are still far higher than the rest of the community.
 

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) defunded

28 November 2013

Funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ADCA), the national peak body representing organisations and workers in the sector, has been defunded by the assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.
 

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.
 

NSW prisoners to be banned from smoking

14 October 2013

Smoking in all New South Wales (NSW) prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.
 

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council external report 2013 highlights success of community controlled health services

16 September 2013

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.
 

Deadly Health Award winners for 2013

11 September 2013

This year's Deadly Awards saw a number of Indigenous people recognised for their contributions to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.
 

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.
 

Geelong AFL Cats promote the Deadly choices message

17 July 2013

  The Geelong Football Club (the Geelong Cats) will run programs in Victoria to share anti-smoking, smoke-free and healthy lifestyle messages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Funding needed to make NSW jails smoke-free

19 June 2013

New South Wales Corrective Services aims to go smoke-free by July 2014.
 

Report reveals reduced smoking in the Northern Territory

5 June 2013

An independent annual report on tobacco control in the Northern Territory (NT) which summarises progress towards reducing smoking in the Territory has been released on World No Tobacco Day.
 

Unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women wins award

28 May 2013

A unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women is the winner of the 2013 Medical Journal of Australia's (MJA) Medical Defence Association National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for the best research paper published in the MJA in the previous calendar year.
 

Indigenous hip hop artist hits the road to promote quitting to youth

15 May 2013

Members of the Indigenous health project, No smokes, will join a crew of Bundjalung musicians from the northern New South Wales coast on a road trip from Lismore (NSW) to Melbourne (Victoria) to promote anti-smoking messages to Indigenous youth.
 

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare releases state-based reports on Indigenous health outcomes

4 April 2013

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released jurisdictional versions of data on indicators relevant to the health status, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Indigenous Australians.
 

Campaign to highlight awareness of lung cancer

20 March 2013

An awareness campaign by the New South Wales (NSW) Cancer Institute encourages people to listen out for the symptoms of lung cancer among their family, friends, community and colleagues.
 

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

Plan to reduce alcohol and drug toll in Victoria

7 February 2013

The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Local campaign to promote anti-smoking message in Sunraysia region

27 November 2012

An advertising campaign aimed at combating widespread smoking in Indigenous communities is set to be launched in early 2013.
 

Anti-smoking campaigns need targeted approach

23 November 2012

Campaigns to encourage pregnant women to give up smoking need to be localised in rural areas to have a greater impact, according to a Mount Isa health expert, Professor Sabina Knight, Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health.
 

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).
 

New article reveals decline in Indigenous 'heavy' smokers from 1994-2008

6 November 2012

According to a recently released article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the number of Indigenous 'heavy' smokers has fallen significantly.
 

Outstanding Indigenous health achievements honoured at this year's Deadlys

28 September 2012

A passionate Indigenous health worker from Queensland and a WA antenatal program took out coveted health awards at the 18th annual Deadlys at the Sydney Opera House on 25 September 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).
 

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Inaugural WA alcohol and other drug excellence award winners announced

21 August 2012

The inaugural Western Australian (WA) alcohol and other drug (AOD) excellence awards winners were recently announced by Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton.
 

The battle to reduce smoking rates and close the gap

21 August 2012

Aboriginal health leaders say changes to tobacco packaging are a small step in the battle to reduce smoking rates and close the gap.
 

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

National Preventive Health Research Strategy (2012-2016) Consultation Draft - Invitation to comment

26 July 2012

Promoting a healthy Australia (The Australian National Preventive Health Agency) invites submissions for the second consultation process to develop the National preventive health research strategy 2012-2016.
 

Positive responses received from HealthInfoNet Substance use survey

23 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently conducted a survey on the substance use section of its website - including alcohol use, illicit drug use, volatile substance use, and tobacco use.
 

Boodjari yorga program improves birth outcomes for Aboriginal women

18 July 2012

A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).
 

2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners announced

25 June 2012

The 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners were announced on Friday 22 June at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards winners announced

11 June 2012

The winners of the inaugural National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards were announced on Thursday 7 June, 2012, during the 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference.
 

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work launched at NIDAC conference today

7 June 2012

The Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work was launched today (7 June 2012) at the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol (NIDAC) conference underway tomorrow, 6 June

5 June 2012

The 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference is underway from tomorrow 6 June, 2012, at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, in Western Australia (WA).
 

No smokes website goes live on World no tobacco day

31 May 2012

Today (31 May 2012) is World no tobacco day. The theme for this year is 'Tobacco industry interference'.
 

Do you use the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's substance use section? Take our survey

22 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is undertaking a survey to find out information on users accessing the website, particularly its 'substance use' section.
 

Bourke community to launch awareness campaign targeting alcohol and other drug use

24 April 2012

On Wednesday 2 May 2012, the Bourke Alcohol and drug working group (BAWG) will launch an alcohol and other drug awareness campaign in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW).
 

Aboriginal cadets carve a career in WA health

23 April 2012

Kickstarting her career and receiving a guaranteed income while she studied were reasons behind Naomi Smith's decision to undertake an Aboriginal cadetship with the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health.
 

Newslines radio program promotes Indigenous quit smoking message

19 April 2012

Newslines Radio is a weekly radio program produced by the Australian Government, which takes a look at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.
 

South Hedland Primary School celebrates Close the Gap Day

12 April 2012

South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

Nation-wide grants announced for research into preventive health

6 March 2012

Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.
 

Snowdon backs Indigenous smoking campaign

23 January 2012

Coalition Senator Nigel Scullion has called for the scrapping of the role of National Coordinator for the Tackling Indigenous smoking measure, a position occupied by Dr Tom Calma.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
 

More Indigenous Australians accessing targeted health services

26 October 2011

There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.
 

New primary health care services for south-east Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

20 October 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening of two new clinics in Brisbane.
 

Territory correctional centres smoke free from 2013

24 August 2011

The Northern Territory Government announced that all Territory correctional centres will be smoke free from 1 July 2013, under the Territory Government's new era in corrections - a package of initiatives aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending.
 

Phase 2 funding available for local community campaigns

27 June 2011

Phase 2 funding for programs to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health opened on 13 June 2011 as part of the Get active eat good tucker live longer national program.
 

Indigenous hostels to promote anti-smoking message

27 June 2011

The Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon partnered with Aboriginal Hostels Limited to help stamp out smoking for World No Tobacco Day earlier this month.
 

WA state budget 2011-12: alcohol and other drug sector

8 June 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services Helen Morton announced funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector in a budget bulletin 2011-12.
 

No smokes North Coast program launched in Coffs Harbour

1 June 2011

A tobacco control program targeting Aboriginal people was launched this week in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
 

New South Australian tobacco control strategy released

1 June 2011

The new South Australian tobacco control strategy for 2011-2016 was released on 31 May 2011.
 

North Coast Indigenous smoking rates to be addressed

31 May 2011

Health authorities on the North Coast of NSW will survey local Indigenous communities about how to cut smoking rates after figures released to coincide with World No Tobacco Day show smoking rates in local Indigenous communities are at almost 60 per cent.
 

New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians

30 May 2011

Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.
 

New review of evidence shows why plain tobacco packs can reduce cancer, cardiovascular deaths

26 May 2011

Plain packaging of tobacco products should reduce Australia's cancer and cardiovascular disease burden by decreasing smoking rates, according to a new, comprehensive review of the evidence released today by Cancer Council Australia.
 

Indigenous smoking television program to be broadcast and available to order

23 May 2011

The television program Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, will be broadcasted on television in May.
 

Tobacco law changes up for discussion

6 May 2011

Up to 15 changes to Western Australia's Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 are up for consideration in a recently released Department of Health discussion paper.
 

Indigenous quit smoking program trains 1000

18 April 2011

A University of Sydney program aimed at cutting high smoking rates in Aboriginal communities has trained its one thousandth health worker.
 

Tobacco plain packaging design released

7 April 2011

Australia will become the first country in the world to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging, to reduce their appeal to consumers.
 

Plain packs will stop kids smoking

7 April 2011

Young Australians will be less likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease if a newly released draft bill to mandate plain packaging of tobacco products is supported by federal Parliament, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation said today.
 

Break the chain: Indigenous anti-tobacco campaign kicks off

29 March 2011

A new hard-hitting advertising campaign urging Indigenous Australians to break the chain and quit smoking hit the airwaves, newspapers and TV screens today as the Gillard Government continues its world leading action to combat tobacco use, as part of its Indigenous tobacco control initiative.
 

Ad campaign targets Indigenous smokers

28 March 2011

The Federal government is launching the first anti-smoking campaign aimed specifically at Indigenous Australians.
 

Anti-smoking campaign working: Calma

25 March 2011

The Federal government's indigenous anti-smoking co-ordinator Tom Calma says a campaign designed to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to butt out is working.
 

Indigenous smoking rates on agenda: govt

25 March 2011

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has promised to tackle high smoking rates, boost school retention and protect vulnerable children in the state's Aboriginal population.
 

Cut Indigenous smoking with high prices: Gooda

16 March 2011

The Federal Government is facing pressure to further increase the tobacco excise to help reduce smoking in Indigenous communities.
 

Helping smokers to quit and stay quit

9 March 2011

New measures have been announced and changes proposed in the way that tobacco products can be displayed and consumed in South Australia.
 

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 February 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report on substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on the three main areas of tobacco use, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (including petrol sniffing).
 

Subsidised nicotine patches will help break cycle of poverty, smoking and disease

9 December 2010

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been listed on the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS).
 

Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon launches a national workforce to address Indigenous smoking and to improve health

8 December 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon has launched a new national workforce in Canberra (8 December 2010).
 

Smoking blamed in Indigenous health disparity

8 October 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says smoking among Indigenous Australians contributes to an estimated 17 percent of the current health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

WA health: new smoking laws take effect next week

20 September 2010

Changes to WA tobacco legislation will take effect on Wednesday 22 September 2010.
 

Low daily smoking estimates derived from sales monitored tobacco use in six remote predominantly Aboriginal communities

14 July 2010

A study involving communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands found that although smoking prevalence is high, the amount smoked is about half that of the wider Australian smoking population.
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC)

21 June 2010

The inaugural NIDAC conference was held at the Adelaide convention centre on the 16 - 18 June 2010.
 

Big step forward in fighting tobacco addiction

15 June 2010

Legislation has been passed today in Parliament that will help encourage an estimated 87,000 Australians to quit smoking.
 

New push to extinguish Indigenous smoking

31 May 2010

There is a large gap between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous smoking rates, 50% and 16% respectively.
 

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.
 

Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura – Healthy Family Air: a literature review to inform the VACCHO Smoking amongst Pregnant Aboriginal Women research project

25 May 2010

The' Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura - Healthy Family Air: A Literature Review to Inform the VACCHO Smoking amongst Pregnant Aboriginal Women Research Project' was written to better understand the types of activities that might work to reduce smoking amongst pregnant Indigenous women.
 

Calls to use cigarette tax hike on Indigenous health

1 May 2010

The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance in the Northern Territory (AMSANT) welcomed the tax hike Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced this week to raise the tax on cigarettes by 25 per cent and to introduce generic plain packaging for cigarettes.
 

Tom Calma to run Indigenous push

30 April 2010

After his five years as social justice commissioner, Tom Calma will be the national coordinator for tackling Indigenous smoking for the next three years.
 

Cigarette labelling 'will improve Indigenous health'

29 April 2010

Addressing a conference of health care workers in Brisbane, Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon says changes to cigarette packet labelling will have a dramatic impact on Indigenous health.
 

$10.7 Million to combat Indigenous smoking

5 March 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced a $10.7 million funding round to promote innovative anti-tobacco campaigns and prevention strategies.
 
 
Last updated: 8 April 2014
 
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