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The SmokeCheck program was developed by Queensland Health in consultation with North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as a strategy to help bring down smoking rates. SmokeCheck was for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. This program provided training for health professionals, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, nurses, doctors, alcohol, tobacco and other drug workers, social workers and counsellors.
SmokeCheck was a brief intervention program delivered by health workers to identify, encouraged and supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke tobacco to make positive and healthy behaviour changes.
SmokeCheck was 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 assisted 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