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New Dubbo-based campaign to reduce Indigenous smoking

Date posted: 2 June 2017

A new Dubbo-based campaign has been launched to address smoking rates in this New South Wales (NSW) community, prompted by national data showing almost 41% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 15 smoke daily.

Marathon Health, Cancer Institute NSW and Quitline NSW are running Let’s Quit Together in Western NSW with support from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land councils and headspace Dubbo.

Marathon Health’s manager of health and well-being, Shellie Burgess, said the campaign focused on awareness, education, group and individual care and public engagement. 'We're really excited to bring this campaign to the regional and remote communities of NSW,' she said. 'Not only are we aiming to reduce overall smoking rates, but we will also be concentrating our efforts towards education.'

'We plan to ensure that Aboriginal Health Workers in these communities are trained in smoking cessation so regional communities will always be able to access these services.'

Let’s Quit Together will involve headspace Dubbo boosting awareness of the dangers of smoking with young people. 'If we offer support and information to young people, we have a better chance of preventing this habit continuing into adulthood,' headspace Dubbo’s Rachel Thomas said.

Source: Daily Liberal


Last updated: 4 July 2017
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