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Maningrida smoke-busters



This program began in July 2007 following adult health checks that highlighted the high smoking prevalence in the community and the importance of tobacco control in improving health. The program involved the appointment of a Public Health Officer and guidance in the development of the project through an Aboriginal steering committee and a broader project reference group including different language groups, community-based organisation representatives, community youth representatives, and the Department of Health and Families.

The program included: the training of a non-smoking community-based tobacco support worker; the adaptation of mainstream messages and services to local community needs; collaborative partnerships between tobacco distributors and educational and health service providers; improved access to tobacco cessation services; and tailored counselling and nicotine replacement therapy to support clients. The Menzies School of Health Research monitored tobacco wholesale figures over the pilot period and found sales fell by 8% over the six-month duration of the program.


Malabam Health Board Aboriginal Corporation
Phone : (08) 8979 5772
Fax : (08) 8979 5776

Evaluated publications

Burgess P, McDonald J, Djabibba S, Namunurki S, Magaldagi L, Connors C, Matthews H, Thomas D (2008)

"Smoke-busters": Maningrida's experience implementing a tobacco control program.

The Chronicle; 11(4): 8-10


Last updated: 11 July 2012
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