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Reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking the priority for new consortium

Date posted: 27 April 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is part of a national consortium, the National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS). The new consortium will be responsible for supporting the implementation of an outcome focused approach to the Department of Health's Tackling Indigenous smoking programme (TIS). Tobacco smoking is the most preventable cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is one of the key focuses of the COAG health initiatives. Australian Governments have committed to halving the daily smoking rate of adults by 2018. The current TIS programme commenced in 2010.

The consortium consists of project lead, Ninti One, the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra, the Smoking Research Unit at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and the HealthInfoNet. Ninti One Managing Director, Rob Reeve, said of the new project 'The consortium is committed to significantly reducing the rates of smoking and the health benefits that will follow.'

HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew, said 'This builds on the work we are currently doing in the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (AODKC), established in 2013. We look forward to working with Ninti One and the other consortium partners on this important project.'

The HealthInfoNet is recognised as an essential part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health infrastructure. Available data indicates that the HealthInfoNet delivers a significant productivity and efficiency dividend to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. Since 2009, when the current website was launched and compatible statistics were first collected, the HealthInfoNet website has logged 5,000,000 sessions and 15 million page views with over 3 million users. Use of the AOD Knowledge Centre has grown significantly since it was launched.


Professor Neil Drew
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6155

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Tara Hoyne
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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6109


Last updated: 27 April 2016
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