The Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Programme was established in 2010 to build a dedicated workforce to reduce Indigenous smoking rates and increase healthy behaviours. The programme has been delivered locally with the objective of reducing the prevalence of chronic disease and early death in Indigenous Australian communities. The programme has included community education activities and interventions to reduce the uptake and prevalence of smoking, improve nutrition and increase physical activity, as these are risk factors for many preventable chronic diseases.
The Government commissioned a review of the programme in 2014 to ensure the programme could be delivered effectively and in line with the evidence. The review was completed in November 2014. The review’s analysis and recommendations have informed the revision of the programme. The Review consists of four volumes, including an Executive Summary.
- Executive Summary provides an introduction, key findings and recommendations.
- A Rapid Review of the Literature, Report 1. reports a rapid review of relevant policy, research and other documents relating to improving healthy lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a focus on smoking. The review identifies the strategies that have been demonstrated in the literature to be effective.
- Stakeholder Consultation, Report 2. reports results of a targeted consultation of key stakeholders who were invited to provide written submissions and on interviews with a further group. It summarises the impact of the programme on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander understanding of healthy behaviours and social norms, identifies barriers and enablers of success and provides stakeholder suggestions for future development.
- A Multi-criteria Decision Analysis, Report 3. reports the results of a structured process for determining preferred strategy options for achieving programme objectives using a decision making team of experts, policy officers and practitioners.
For more information, please email the Indigenous Tobacco section
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