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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 provides 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 is an evidence based program using best practice. Participants are evaluated at registration, at the end of the course, and at 1, 3 and 6 months after the course.

There is a research project attached to the project which 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.


Project Manager
Dr Gillian Gould
Senior Research Fellow
Rural Clinical School
Locked Bag 812
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Ph: (02) 6652 0453
Fax: (02) 6652 0400

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: 27 August 2015
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