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The study aimed to discover how best to get the message across to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help them quit smoking.
The goal was to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers of the harms of smoking and develop persuasive anti-tobacco messages and interventions to support quit attempts in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and in particular pregnant women smokers.
The expected outcome will be that more pregnant mothers understand the risks and will start to make quit attempts.
The project was led by Dr Gillian Gould from James Cook University with funding from the Heart Foundation.
Abstract adapted from James Cook University
Dr Gillian Gould
PO Box 9077
Moonee Beach NSW 2450
Ph: 0403 615 563
This publication reports on a national survey to determine current practices used in the development of tobacco control messages by organisations in Australia providing anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Forty-seven people from 44 different organisations including Aboriginal medical services, government and non-government organisations, and universities were interviewed about their programs.
This study aimed to fill an important knowledge gap in the way messages and accompanying resources are being produced and disseminated. Analysis of the data gained from the survey will enable contributions towards making future recommendations for best practice. The authors recommend refinement of evaluation, pre-empting cultural challenges, and synergy by partnerships to achieve the goal of closing the gap on Indigenous health caused by tobacco smoking.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract