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Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team to create Anti Smoking Ads

Date posted: 5 October 2017

The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Services Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) team are set to create anti smoking advertisements. The project will be carried out with funding from a Healthway Indigenous Health Promotion grant and the Federal Governments TIS program. Filmmakers will work with youth in four remote Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara to shed light on the personal stories of local smokers and warn about the perils of the deadly habit.

Young people, assisted by a professional production team, will create a series of short films to document the stories of community members who have successfully kicked the habit and those who have been affected by smoking-related illnesses in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

'Through this important film project we hope to encourage people in these communities to quit smoking, as well as air the many benefits of quitting and where they can find help and support,' says Danika Tager, Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service's Regional Tobacco Coordinator.

Ms Tager said 'the project was unique in that the films would be entirely community owned and directed, giving young people the opportunity to actively make a difference in their community'.

Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

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Last updated: 6 October 2017
 
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