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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Give up the smokes (GUTS)



Give up the smokes (GUTS) was developed from a successful mainstream program called Quit for chronically addicted tobacco smokers (CATS), and provided intensive support to Aboriginal smokers to quit smoking and raise their awareness about the harms of smoking.

Developed in collaboration with Aboriginal Health Workers, it was an evidence based program using best practice. Participants were evaluated at registration, at the end of the course, and at 1, 3 and 6 months after the course

A research project attached to the project collected data from participating sites to measure the program's effectiveness and add to the evidence base around Indigenous smoking cessation.

A training program was developed to enable Aboriginal Medical Services to run GUTS.

The organisations involved in the project are the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice, Galambila AHS and the UNSW Rural Clinical School.

Evaluated publications

Gould GS, McGechan A, van der Zwan R (2009)

Give up the smokes - a smoking cessation program for Indigenous Australians.

Paper presented at the 10th National Rural Health Conference. 17-20 May 2009, Cairns


Last updated: 22 April 2016
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