On the 8 November 2016, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the funding of seven organisations through to 30 June 2018 under the Australian Government’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Program.
The seven innovation projects will deliver intensive smoking prevention and cessation activities, coupled with research and evaluation, to address the most difficult and critical smoking behaviours within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The projects target remote and very remote areas which have high smoking rates, and specific groups such as pregnant women and young people susceptible to taking up smoking.
The objectives of the innovation projects are to:
- design and implement innovative approaches to interventions for the identified high risk and high prevalence Indigenous populations;
- explore the barriers and enablers to implementation in a variety of settings;
- add to the evidence of what works in achieving a lower prevalence of smoking and reducing smoking uptake; and
- identify effective and scalable approaches for future programs.
The innovation projects are the final element of the TIS Program to be implemented and all projects have now commenced. The projects are as follows:
- Aboriginal Males Shedding the Smokes - Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc.
- Growing a smoke-free story - Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health
- The Top End Smoke-Free Spaces Project - Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Aboriginal Corporation (ARDS)
- Smoking Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Activity ‘SNAP’ - National Drugs and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
- The Balaang and Binjilaang Aboriginal Women Tobacco Intervention Project - South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation
- Growing the Smoke Free Generation - Northern Territory Department of Health
- Tackling Indigenous Smoking Innovation Grant Project - Western Australian Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine Ltd.