Mapoon starts Talking about the Smokes

Project Roll-out

The Talking about the Smokes research commenced recently at Mapoon through Apunipima Cape York Health Council. Tav Fox,  NACCHO project coordinator, conducted training of the Research Assistant in survey administration and participant recruitment.

Site Recruitment

The team is busy recruiting sites by engaging with Affiliates and health services that expressed interest in becoming research sites in 2012. Talking about the Smokes is looking for more research sites,

Dr Mark Wenitong on NACCHOTV

Clicking onto the link below will take you to some key project messages from Dr Mark Wenitong. We encourage you to talk with your staff and contact our project team to find out how you can become involved.

Hi I’m Dr Mark Wenitong, I have been a doctor for over many  years and have seen first hand the effects of smoking and tobacco related disease and illness on people I know and care about and have worked with.   I want to just take a minute to talk to you about a very important piece of research that is happening right now that NACCHO is involved with.

The Talking about the Smokes project is a national research project, linked to the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project that runs in 20 countries around the world.

The research aims to better understand the pathways to smoking and quitting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to evaluate what is most effective in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking.

It provides an opportunity for Aboriginal Medical Services to share their knowledge and participate in a national project that can lead to policy that might reduce tobacco related harm in individuals and communities.

NACCHO supports this research because of its potential to uncover what works best to stop Aboriginal people taking up smoking, quit and stay quit.

The project involves talking to smokers, non-smokers and health service staff in participating health services once in 2012 and again in 2013. Financial compensation is provided. NACCHO as a key research partner will work with your health service to train and support someone either from your health service or local community to do the research. This way the skills and knowledge stay in your community. Your health service retains ownership of all the data that is collected.

This research can complement your existing tobacco control and health lifestyle or chronic disease programs. For example, the staff trained to do the survey can also deliver health promotion messages and learn applied research skills.  If your health service is finding it a bit more of a challenge to implement tobacco related programs and policies, this research can help get the conversation started.

NACCHO is looking to sign up 40 health services from our community controlled sector to become involved.

I encourage you to get involved and contact the Talking about the Smokes project team for more information.

You can contact the team by clicking on the email link below.


or call Josie at NACCHO (02) 62469300

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