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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Talking about the smokes (TATS)



Talking about the smokes (TATS) was a large national research project to better understand the pathways to smoking and quitting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to evaluate what works in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking.

The project was a collaboration between research institutions and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) and their state and national representative bodies. It was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Surveys were conducted in communities served by 34 ACCHSs and in the Torres Strait. Baseline surveys of 2522 community members and 645 staff members from April 2012 to October 2013 were completed. Follow-up surveys were conducted of half of the eligible smokers and ex-smokers in July 2013 to September 2014.

Abstract from Menzies School of Health Research


Menzies School of Health Research
Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
John Matthew Building (JMB)
Building 58
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8946 8600
Fax: (08) 8946 8464

Related publications

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2012)

NACCHO Talking about the smokes project Dr Mark Wenitong: why your health service should be involved.


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

Thomas DP, Briggs VL, Couzos S, Davey ME, Hunt JM, Panaretto KS, van der Sterren AE, Stevens M, Nicholson AK, Borland R (2015)

Research methods of Talking About the Smokes: an international tobacco control policy evaluation project study with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Medical Journal of Australia; 202(10 Supplement): S5-S12

Couzos S, Nicholson AK, Hunt JM, Davey ME, May JK, Bennet PT, Westphal DW, Thomas DP (2015)

Talking About The Smokes: a large-scale, community-based participatory research project.

Medical Journal of Australia; 202(10 Supplement): S13-S19

Thomas DP, Davey ME, Briggs VL, Borland R (2015)

Talking About The Smokes: summary and key findings.

Medical Journal of Australia; 202(10 Supplement): S3-S4


Last updated: 14 March 2016
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