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Smokers program and its evaluation project (Paakantji Kiira-Muuku)
The Smokers program was a 12-week program that consists of weekly sessions with a dedicated case manager. Treatment included nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescribed medications (varenicline or buproprion). The program was implemented at seven health services across far western New South Wales (NSW) by local health staff. All community members were eligible to participate but there was a particular focus on recruiting Aboriginal people into the program.
The project aims were:
- to decrease smoking prevalence amongst Aboriginal people living in far western NSW
- to increase the number of quit attempts made by Aboriginal people living in far western NSW
- to increase staff confidence and willingness to routinely deliver brief interventions related to smoking
- to increase staff and community knowledge about the harmful effects of smoking and appropriate use of the pharmocotherapies for treatment.
The program was evaluated with funding from a NSW Health Promotion demonstration grant. The evaluation ran from 2007-2010. Staff interviews and focus groups, community focus groups, client surveys, medical record audits and other data were collected. Evaluation results were presented at the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health conference in 2011.
The Smokers program commenced in 2005, and was run by Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation. The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) funded the program, with funds primarily going towards the provision of subsidised nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for clients and the purchase of carbon monoxide monitors (smokerlyzers) for case managers to use as a clinical tool.
Abstract adapted from Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control
Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
428 Argent Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Ph: (08) 8082 9888
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Buckland A, Jones T, Tall J (2011)
Paakantji Kiira-Muuku – evaluation of a smoking cessation intervention in remote NSW.
Paper presented at the CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research 2011 Conference. 5-6 May 2011, Sydney