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Program aims to cut Indigenous smoking

Date posted: 29 July 2015

​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 recent Health Department tender seeks to add a national organisation to run a drive against smoking by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to complement existing anti-tobacco regional programs run under the banner of Tackling Indigenous smoking (TIS).

The organisation or consortium chosen to support the current TIS program will be referred to as the National best practice unit (NBPU) for TIS.

Closing date for applications is 1 September 2015, Melbourne-based tenders specialist TenderSearch says. Contract execution is listed for October-November and release of operational guidelines for January-February 2016.

The NBPU managing supervisory body will be expected to work mainly with grant recipients funded under the TIS program for regional tobacco control activities, with support and leadership from Professor Tom Calma, the national co-ordinator tackling Indigenous smoking.

The to-do list starts with developing and maintaining operational guidelines for tobacco use reduction among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It will provide organisational support to grant recipients responsible for implementing evidence-based approaches to tobacco control.

It will help them develop and implement performance indicators and data collection methods, and contribute to program evaluation to measure the impact of TIS-funded activities. 

The Medical Journal of Australia noted recently that the Talking about the smokes health project from the Menzies School of Health Research indicated that the majority of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander smokers want to quit.

Source: Financial Review

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Last updated: 29 July 2015
 
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