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The Talking about the smokes (TATS) project is a partnership between the Menzies School of Public Health, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC), Center for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control (CEITC) and the Cancer Council.
TATS aims to improve the understanding of the impacts of national, local and regional tobacco control policies and programs on smoking and quitting, and the factors mediating this, in Indigenous communities in Australia. TATS will involve working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health services throughout Australia to collect data over two years.
The Department of Health and Ageing has funded an establishment phase (2010-11) during which time protocols and governance issues were negotiated and surveys developed. Surveys are to be conducted with smokers, non-smokers, and health service staff. A further survey will assess the policy context at each site.
Abstract from the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control
Talking about the smokes project
Talking about the smokes research project
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Dr Mark Wenitong from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO) discusses the new project, Talking about the smokes. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services are encouraged to be involved and contribute to good policy and program development on reducing tobacco use among for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract