As the Federal Government seeks to raise the average lifespan of Indigenous individuals closer to levels enjoyed by the rest of the population, smoking remains under the gun, blamed for one-fifth of the Indigenous death rate.
A landmark series of 15 scientific papers, published at the beginning of the year, illustrate how reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking is achievable, how this is happening now, and why continued government investment is justified.
The Australian Government has made a $3.1 billion commitment to Indigenous health funding for the next four years, a crucial part of which is supporting the role of Indigenous Health Workers, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said today.
Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.
Deadly choices ambassador and former Brisbane Broncos star, Scott Prince spoke at the Mount Isa health expo on Friday, outlining the importance of making healthy choices, using rugby league, and his profile as a sportsman, to inspire Indigenous communities.
As part of their comprehensive Tobacco program, Miwatj Health in collaboration with Round 3 Creative, has produced a documentary to address the high rates of smoking amongst the Yolŋu of East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
A popular anti-smoking animation has been translated into three of the most commonly spoken Central Australian Aboriginal languages in an effort to tackle high smoking rates in remote communities where mainstream anti-smoking campaigns are failing.
Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ADCA), the national peak body representing organisations and workers in the sector, has been defunded by the assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.
Smoking in all New South Wales (NSW) prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.
The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.
The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
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A unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women is the winner of the 2013 Medical Journal of Australia's (MJA) Medical Defence Association National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for the best research paper published in the MJA in the previous calendar year.
Members of the Indigenous health project, No smokes, will join a crew of Bundjalung musicians from the northern New South Wales coast on a road trip from Lismore (NSW) to Melbourne (Victoria) to promote anti-smoking messages to Indigenous youth.
The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released jurisdictional versions of data on indicators relevant to the health status, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Indigenous Australians.
Campaigns to encourage pregnant women to give up smoking need to be localised in rural areas to have a greater impact, according to a Mount Isa health expert, Professor Sabina Knight, Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health.
The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).
The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).
Promoting a healthy Australia (The Australian National Preventive Health Agency) invites submissions for the second consultation process to develop the National preventive health research strategy 2012-2016.
A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).
Kickstarting her career and receiving a guaranteed income while she studied were reasons behind Naomi Smith's decision to undertake an Aboriginal cadetship with the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health.
To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening of two new clinics in Brisbane.
The Northern Territory Government announced that all Territory correctional centres will be smoke free from 1 July 2013, under the Territory Government's new era in corrections - a package of initiatives aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending.
Health authorities on the North Coast of NSW will survey local Indigenous communities about how to cut smoking rates after figures released to coincide with World No Tobacco Day show smoking rates in local Indigenous communities are at almost 60 per cent.
Plain packaging of tobacco products should reduce Australia's cancer and cardiovascular disease burden by decreasing smoking rates, according to a new, comprehensive review of the evidence released today by Cancer Council Australia.
Young Australians will be less likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease if a newly released draft bill to mandate plain packaging of tobacco products is supported by federal Parliament, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation said today.
A new hard-hitting advertising campaign urging Indigenous Australians to break the chain and quit smoking hit the airwaves, newspapers and TV screens today as the Gillard Government continues its world leading action to combat tobacco use, as part of its Indigenous tobacco control initiative.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report on substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on the three main areas of tobacco use, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (including petrol sniffing).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says smoking among Indigenous Australians contributes to an estimated 17 percent of the current health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
A study involving communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands found that although smoking prevalence is high, the amount smoked is about half that of the wider Australian smoking population.
The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.
The' Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura - Healthy Family Air: A Literature Review to Inform the VACCHO Smoking amongst Pregnant Aboriginal Women Research Project' was written to better understand the types of activities that might work to reduce smoking amongst pregnant Indigenous women.
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance in the Northern Territory (AMSANT) welcomed the tax hike Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced this week to raise the tax on cigarettes by 25 per cent and to introduce generic plain packaging for cigarettes.