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The NHMRC funded Top End tobacco project aims to reduce tobacco smoking in three remote Aboriginal communities plus several homelands in the Top End (Arnhem Land) of the Northern Territory over a five year period (2007 - 2011).
The project includes:
Baseline surveys were undertaken June 2008 to February 2009.
Preliminary data show up to 77% of the 400 community members interviewed identified themselves as current smokers. More than half of these smokers are thinking about or actively trying to quit. Community members have expressed the need for greater community-based quit support.
Following consultation with community members, culturally and conceptually appropriate survey feedback is taking place through presentations at public meetings, to clan and family groups, to service providers and workplaces. To date, this, along with the baseline survey, has stimulated the development and implementation of community-specific intervention strategies. These include: assisting to build capacity in local health workers to deliver brief interventions and provide quit support; quit competitions; and developing local language tobacco resources. Hand-held expired carbon monoxide monitors have proven extremely successful in both verifying self-reported smoking status and creating opportunities for brief interventions in each community.
The researchers involved in the project are:
Community-based Health Promotion & Prevention Projects
School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences
James Cook University
Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: (07) 40421635
Fax: (07) 40 421680
This resource kit was produced by James Cook University as part of the Top End tobacco project, which aims to reduce tobacco smoking in Aboriginal communities in the Top End of the Northern Territory. The kit contains posters and stickers promoting smoking cessation written in the Indigenous languages of the area, including Burarra, Kriol and Walpiri. A book containing stories on tobacco - Short ones - gathered from Indigenous people from Arnhem Land was also developed.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract