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Indigenous smoking project report

Posted on: 9 June, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 2, April 2010 - June 2010
Related to Protective and risk factors Tobacco use

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (2009)
Indigenous smoking project report.
Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) produced this report for the Department of Health and Ageing to provide recommendations for policy options to reduce the prevalence of Indigenous tobacco use in Western Australia. Methods used to gather data included a literature review of Indigenous tobacco control and smoking cessation projects undertaken in Indigenous communities to investigate successful and innovative strategies (both in Australia and internationally). Advocacy workshops and face to face consultations were held throughout Western Australia. Principles identified for a successful program included: cultural appropriateness; locally relevant, community led solutions; and follow up and ongoing support to those who have decided to quit. Strategies considered most likely to work included: the use of visual aids to highlight the effect of smoking on health; diversionary activities for young people; smoke free settings using local people to develop the resources to promote the settings; organisational support for smoke free settings; Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) as community advocates; using local people as champions and role models; and locally relevant media campaigns. Barriers were identified in the provision of a full range of smoke free projects including: a lack of coordination within and between services; a lack of support services; a lack of knowledge of what would motivate Indigenous people to quit; competing organisational pressures; not core business; inadequate evaluations; and many AHWs smoke. Recommendations included: long-term and sustainable funding at both federal and state level; locally designed and relevant programs and resources; investment in prevention and training for AHWs; funding for qualitative program evaluation; and advocacy training for Indigenous health professsionals.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

  • Contact details:
    • Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, Faculty of Health Sciences, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845, ph: (08) 9266 9078, fax: (08) 9266 9244, email:
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