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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

SmokeCheck

 

Overview

The SmokeCheck program was developed by Queensland Health in consultation with North Queensland Indigenous communities as a strategy to help bring down smoking rates. SmokeCheck is for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. This program provides training for health professionals, including Indigenous Health Workers, nurses, doctors, alcohol, tobacco and other drug workers, social workers and counsellors.

SmokeCheck is a brief intervention program delivered by health workers to identify, encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke tobacco to make positive and healthy behaviour changes.

SmokeCheck is proven to build health worker's skills and confidence in conducting brief interventions to assist their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and clients.

Evaluation has shown that the program assists clients to think about their smoking, move workers towards being ready to quit, cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke, and quit smoking altogether.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Health

Contacts

SmokeCheck
Queensland Health
Ph (for information): (07) 3328 9851
Ph (to organise training): (07) 3328 9853

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Last updated: 4 October 2012
 
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