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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Tackling Indigenous smoking measure



The Tackling Indigenous smoking measure is a national action to reduce Indigenous smoking rates in Australia. The Australian Government has funded this measure under the National partnership agreement on Closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes. A National Coordinator of tackling Indigenous smoking, Tom Calma, has been appointed to lead the initiative.

Under this measure:

The measure will be underpinned by an evaluation strategy, to help ensure that the Government is staying on track in meeting the 2008 COAG National healthcare agreement target of halving the Indigenous smoking rate by 2018; and, more broadly, meeting the COAG Closing the Gap target to close the gap in life expectancy within a generation.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing


Closing the gap: Indigenous chronic disease package
Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
GPO Box 9848
Woden ACT 2601

Dr Tom Calma
National co-ordinator for Tackling Indigenous smoking
Australian Human Rights Commission
Level 8, Piccadilly Tower
133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 5218
Sydney NSW 2001
Ph: (02) 9284 9600
Ph: 1300 656 419 (Complaints Infoline)
Ph: 1300 369 711 (General enquiries and publications)
Telephone typewriter service (TTY): 1800 620 241
Fax: (02) 9284 9611
Mobile: 0488 744 487 (SMS for info pack or complaint form)

Related publications

National action to reduce Indigenous smoking rates (2010)

Closing the Gap – Indigenous Chronic Disease Department of Health and Ageing

This factsheet provides information on the Tackling Indigenous smoking measure, a national action to reduce Indigenous smoking rates in Australia. The factsheet focuses on:

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

National tobacco campaign - break the chain (2011)

Department of Health and Ageing

The Break the chain campaign aims to contribute to halving the smoking rate for Indigenous Australians. This resource package has been produced by the Department of Health and is aimed at Indigenous smokers in order to increase awareness of the health impacts of smoking. The campaign will support quit attempts amongst smokers and promote strategies to avoid relapse among quitters. The package contains:

Abstact adapted from Department of Health & Ageing

Calma T (2011)

Tackling Indigenous smoking.

Of Substance; 9(2): 28-29


Last updated: 14 August 2012
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