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Indigenous stars run health workshop at Irrawang High School

15 June 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Irrawang High School in New South Wales were participants at a health workshop recently, hosted by some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stars.
 

Campaign targets smoking in Broome

14 June 2017

A number of Broome residents gathered for World No Tobacco Day organised in town by Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS).
 

New Dubbo-based campaign to reduce Indigenous smoking

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.
 

Say no to tobacco this World No Tobacco Day 2017

24 May 2017

Each year on 31 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an opportunity to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
 

Make Smoking History - From Every Quitter Campaign

22 May 2017

On Sunday 28 May 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) will air From Every Quitter.
 

Funding announced to reduce Indigenous smoking

30 March 2017

The Australian Government has announced it will provide $35.2 million next financial year to continue anti-smoking programs targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in regional and remote areas, via the Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme.
 

How the New South Wales Aboriginal Quitline is closing the gap

16 March 2017

The Cancer Institute New South Wales (NSW) is supporting reducing the cancer risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with their tobacco cessation support service.
 

Healthy kids in the cape!

14 March 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's staff were busy last week coordinating the Healthy Kids programme across Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Lockhart River in Queensland.
 

State-wide Aboriginal Artwork Competition

20 February 2017

The Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team (QALT), Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) and key WA Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) are implementing a 2017 World No Tobacco Day Artwork Competition.
 

Make Smoking History launch new WA campaign

15 February 2017

Make Smoking History (MSH) have this week launched a new West Australian-made campaign, From Every Quitter.
 

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Indigenous All Stars game tackled Indigenous smoking

13 February 2017

On Friday 10 February, the National Rugby League's Indigenous All Stars game in Newcastle spread the word to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians that a smoke-free life is better than scoring a try when it comes to better health and wellbeing.
 

New search feature on AODconnect app

2 February 2017

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and other Drugs Knowledge Centre has improved the way users can find services on the mobile phone app, AODconnect.
 

Pack warning labels help Aboriginal smokers butt out

30 January 2017

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released by Menzies School of Health Research.
 

Apunipima and All Stars shine in Aurukun

17 January 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Apunipima Australian Indigenous All Stars Basketball team worked together to deliver healthy lifestyle information and hands-on basketball skills to around 60 Aurukun young people last week as part of the local Police Citizen Youth Club rsquo;s School Holiday Program.
 

Join in on a free AOD webinar with guest presenter Anthony Shakeshaft

9 January 2017

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 31 January 2017 with guest presenter Professor Anthony Shakeshaft from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC).
 

Advertising helps Indigenous smokers to quit

1 December 2016

A significant portion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke have taken action to quit smoking after seeing the Don rsquo;t Make Smokes Your Story advertising campaign.
 

Facebook could help lower Indigenous smoking rates, Northern Territory health researchers say

22 November 2016

Indigenous people have the highest rates of smoking in the country, but researchers in the Top End believe Facebook could be the most effective way of helping them quit.
 

New approach to tackling Indigenous smoking amongst Aboriginal women

22 November 2016

Rural Health West have received funding for a new research project in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), that will take an innovative approach to tackling smoking amongst Aboriginal women.
 

Cigarettes favoured over fruit in outback

21 November 2016

The government-owned company which manages a network of outback stores says tobacco sales remain high as it seeks to improve Aboriginal health.
 

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.
 

Learn more about the AOD Knowledge Centre in a free November webinar

16 November 2016

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) will be hosting our first webinar on Friday 25 November 2016.
 

New tobacco legislation introduced in Western Australia to reduce harms

16 November 2016

Health Minister, The Hon John Day has announced a suite of legislative changes set to reinforce Western Australia's tough stance on tobacco control.
 

Helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities tackle smoking

9 November 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will recieve new projects to help them tackle smoking, through new grants awarded to seven organisations under the Australian Government rsquo;s $116.8 million Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) programme.
 

Survey of the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre now open

31 October 2016

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is conducting a biannual online evaluation of our web resource by running a national user survey.
 

Apunipima tackles Indigenous Smoking in Queensland schools

31 October 2016

Apunipima rsquo;s Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Programme team are set to visit Herberton rsquo;s Mount St Bernard College to share messages about the harms of smoking and passive smoking with Year 7 students, many of whom come from Cape York.
 

Grant for smoking cessation trial helping pregnant Aboriginal mothers

25 October 2016

Aboriginal communities across Australia will benefit from a newly announced $2.26 million grant, awarded to public health researchers at the University of Newcastle (UON), who are developing a culturally competent smoking cessation program that targets the health and wellbeing of pregnant Aboriginal women.
 

South Australia leads the way in Indigenous smoking rates

21 October 2016

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS), South Australia (SA) is leading the nation in efforts to reduce smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

NHMRC supports global research to reduce chronic lung diseases

19 October 2016

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced almost $5 million in funding for the prevention and management of chronic lung diseases.
 

Positive changes in Australians’ smoking patterns but more work needed to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: report

4 October 2016

Tobacco smoking remains a major cause of many health problems, but according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australians' smoking behaviours are improving-with some groups improving more than others. The report, Tobacco Indicators: measuring mid-point progress: reporting under the National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018, measures smoking behaviours in Australia against a range of indicators, and shows that across most, Australia is progressing well.
 

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.
 

Queensland's smoke-free zone laws commence

6 September 2016

Queensland's (Qld) new smoke-free zone laws came into effect on September 1, 2016.
 

Australia's Indigenous community hurting in the heart

31 August 2016

The Heart Foundation last week launched Australian Heart Maps, which is an online resource highlighting how indicators for heart disease are distributed throughout Australia.
 

Join in on a tobacco webinar co-hosted by the AOD Knowledge Centre

19 August 2016

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) in collaboration with Renee Bittoun from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, are hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30 August 2016.
 

Aboriginal health workers lead the way in North West Queensland

10 August 2016

July’s national Chronic Disease Management Conference in Sydney was a chance for North West Hospital and Health Service staff in Queensland (Qld) to present their credentials to a wider audience.
 

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.
 

New tobacco portal aims to help reduce smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 August 2016

A new Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal has been launched as part of the Health Department's Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Programme.
 

Opinion: how to close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal smoking

22 July 2016

Dr Gillian Sandra Gould, a Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Cancer Institute of New South Wales' (CINSW) Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research at the University of Newcastle, is conducting research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who smoke during pregnancy.
 

Clinic steers kids away from bad habits

19 July 2016

Children and teenagers in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA), honed their basketball skills with Goldfields Giants import players, Jacob Holmen and Kenny 'KJ' Manigault, at a coaching clinic last week.  The clinic was run by Bega Garnbirringu's tobacco action and youth teams.
 

NAIDOC Week: Centre helps Indigenous youth make healthier choices

8 July 2016

Helping Indigenous youth make healthier lifestyle choices was at the forefront of discussion in north Queensland as part of NAIDOC Week.
 

Ted Wilkes recognised with AMA award at annual gala

5 July 2016

Aboriginal health champion, Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, was recognised for his career in the medical field at a gala dinner hosted by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) at the end of June.
 

Geraldton event helps smokers to kick habit

30 June 2016

About 100 people turned out to a World No Tobacco Day community event held by the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) last month in Western Australia (WA).
 

Centrelink's BasicsCard and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

30 June 2016

The BasicsCard is a personal identification number (PIN) protected card that allows welfare recipients to access their income managed money through existing electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) facilities at approved stores and businesses.
 

Stats show 1 in 3 young mums smoke in first 20 weeks of pregnancy

29 June 2016

According to recent data sourced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), one third of mothers under twenty years are smoking in the first twenty weeks of their pregnancy cycle.
 

Tackling Indigenous Smoking program launched in Kimberley

24 June 2016

The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services' (KAMS) Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program was launched this month in Broome, Western Australia (WA) to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.
 

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service aims to continue quit smoking program

2 June 2016

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service (PLAHS) aims continue helping Aboriginal people to quit smoking, with a pledge to also help South Australia meet its quit target.
 

Deadly places smoke-free competition

1 June 2016

Deadly Choices has announced an exciting new initiative, where participants can go into the draw to win great prizes, while promoting healthy lifestyles in their home.
 

Smoker of fifty years endorses anti-smoking ads as Quitline webchat service launched

1 June 2016

Philip Deegan, an Adelaide smoker of fifty years, turned to Quitline for help giving up cigarettes on New Year's Eve in 2014.
 

Stub out a real killer of a habit for World No Tobacco Day 2016

31 May 2016

The Cancer Council of New South Wales (NSW), the Heart Foundation and the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS) have all placed their support behind World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016.
 

Plain packaging takes the puff out of smoking

31 May 2016

On World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling upon all countries to get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products.
 

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Make smoking history: Last dance

11 May 2016

On Sunday 15 May, Make smoking history will air the Western Australia (WA) campaign Last dance.
 

Survey of the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre now open

10 May 2016

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is conducting an online evaluation of our web resource by running a national user survey.
 

Tobacco tax helps take the puff out of smoking

6 May 2016

The Heart Foundation have applauded the Australian Government for maintaining the tobacco tax increase in the 2016 Budget.
 

New anti-smoking campaign aims to close the gap

2 May 2016

The Australian Government has launched the Don't make smokes your story advertising campaign as the next phase of its $10 million plan to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

Reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking the priority for new consortium

27 April 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is part of a national consortium, the National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS).
 

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) update: national grant recipients

26 April 2016

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regional tobacco control grants aim to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through population health activities to reduce tobacco use.
 

Meet Thelma Weston, vibrant manager of the Winnunga needle exchange program

21 March 2016

Mrs Thelma Weston is an 80 year old Elder, who manages the Winnunga Nimmityjah needle exchange program.
 

Aboriginal Quitline unveils new logo

18 March 2016

Aboriginal Quitline, a safe space to yarn about smoking and smoking cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians, has unveiled a new logo in time for National Close the gap day.
 

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre seeking collaborators for action research project

25 February 2016

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), based in New South Wales (NSW) at UNSW are looking for partners in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Centres to undertake a piece of action research.
 

Feedback from the Australian Indigenous AOD Knowledge Centre user survey

16 February 2016

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) recently conducted a user survey, which aimed to inform us how users are interacting with the website, what information is useful, gauge user satisfaction and gain feedback about our new resources.
 

Indigenous Australians’ health programme Tackling Indigenous smoking programme innovation grants

16 February 2016

The Department of Health wishes to advise that an Approach to Market (ATM) was released on Monday, 15 February 2016 for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Innovation Grants which may be of interest to your organisation/institution.
 

Baker IDI Postgraduate Scholarship in Indigenous adolescent smoking prevalence and preventive interventions

16 February 2016

A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate.
 

New Make smoking history Sponge campaign

9 February 2016

On Sunday 14 February 2016 Make Smoking History will air the West Australian state-wide campaign Sponge.
 

Tackling Indigenous smoking - regional tobacco control grants (2015-2018)

12 January 2016

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regional tobacco control grants are aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through population health activities to reduce tobacco use.
 

Study reveals effects of plain packaging on tobacco products among Australian Indigenous people

11 January 2016

Following the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products in 2012, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 12% less likely to think certain tobacco brands were less harmful than others, a new study found.
 

Helping people to put the 'butt out' in community

18 December 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council recently visited Lockhart River in Queensland (Qld), to encourage community members to 'butt out' from smoking for good.
 

Mangrove worms and bush tobacco: strengths and risks in traditional medicine

30 November 2015

The cultural use of bush tobacco has been revealed by Western Desert Aboriginal peoples throughout the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA).
 

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre survey now open

25 November 2015

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is conducting an evaluation of our web resource by running a national user survey.
 

Focus, funding and Aboriginal educators key to stopping Indigenous smoking

19 November 2015

Indigenous man, Joseph Knuth had been smoking for 34 years, since he was 12 years old. He gave up 10 days ago, after seeing far too many friends and family members die from lung cancer.
 

New campaign to tackle smoking in Whittlesea

12 November 2015

Thomastown West Primary School has partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and the Whittlesea Council (Healthy Whittlesea Together) to get school children engaged in a campaign to tackle tobacco use.
 

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.
 

New web resource to help reduce harmful tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

19 October 2015

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre today launched a tobacco section which will support efforts to reduce harmful tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Smoking prisoners need support

19 October 2015

Associate Professor Sophia Couzos, a Public Health Physician and GP based at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University, said there was a high rate of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (44%), who were overrepresented in prisons.
 

$10 million advertising campaign to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates

14 October 2015

Some $10m from the National tobacco campaign will target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with a new anti-smoking advertising campaign, Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, announced today.
 

Make smoking history new web resource for community services in Western Australia

9 September 2015

Cancer Council Western Australia have launched their new web resource, Make smoking history: for community services, which provides information and support for people who work with at-risk groups to start the conversation on quitting smoking.
 

Program aims to cut Indigenous smoking

29 July 2015

​As the Federal Government seeks to raise the average lifespan of Indigenous individuals closer to levels enjoyed by the rest of the population, smoking remains under the gun, blamed for one-fifth of the Indigenous death rate.
 

National research shows the way to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking

29 June 2015

A landmark series of 15 scientific papers, published at the beginning of the year, illustrate how reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking is achievable, how this is happening now, and why continued government investment is justified.
 

Indigenous smokers want to quit and anti-smoking campaigns do work, study suggests

2 June 2015

Mainstream anti-smoking campaigns are just as effective for Indigenous as non-Indigenous smokers, a new study suggests, countering 'pessimism...
 

Smoking causes 16 types of cancer

10 February 2015

On 8 February 2015, Making Smoking History launched its new, state-wide campaign '16 Cancers'.
 

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.
 

Pregnant women in New South Wales still smoke despite dangers

5 November 2014

Women from Western Sydney are still smoking during ­pregnancy at high rates ­despite years of public health campaigns about the dangers of cigarette smoke to babies. NSW Health data collected between 2010 and 2012 shows the state average of pregnant women who smoke is 10.4%, the lowest it has ever been, but the NSW opposition is worried there are no quit-smoking programs for Western Sydney mums.
 

A strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce key to Closing the gap

29 October 2014

The Australian Government has made a $3.1 billion commitment to Indigenous health funding for the next four years, a crucial part of which is supporting the role of Indigenous Health Workers, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said today.
 

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.
 

Deadly choices ambassador promotes importance of healthy decisions

28 July 2014

Deadly choices ambassador and former Brisbane Broncos star, Scott Prince spoke at the Mount Isa health expo on Friday, outlining the importance of making healthy choices, using rugby league, and his profile as a sportsman, to inspire Indigenous communities.
 

Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour to visit Arnhem Land

17 June 2014

The Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour will be travelling to a number of communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) later this month.
 

The tobacco story of Arnhem Land

4 June 2014

As part of their comprehensive Tobacco program, Miwatj Health in collaboration with Round 3 Creative, has produced a documentary to address the high rates of smoking amongst the Yolŋu of East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
 

Now you're talking my language: anti-smoking video translated into Indigenous languages

7 May 2014

A popular anti-smoking animation has been translated into three of the most commonly spoken Central Australian Aboriginal languages in an effort to tackle high smoking rates in remote communities where mainstream anti-smoking campaigns are failing.
 

Lockhart River to celebrate launch of hip hop video

10 April 2014

Lockhart River in North Queensland will celebrate the launch of a hip hop video featuring young people from the community on April 16 2014.
 

Close the gap day sets focus on Indigenous healthcare

18 March 2014

Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Geelong cats promote healthy living in Warrnambool

17 March 2014

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative’s health clinic in Warrnambool, Victoria, was visited last week by members of the Geelong Cats AFL team to target obesity and smoking.
 

New campaign targets Indigenous smokers' in rural Queensland

31 January 2014

The Cancer Council of Queensland is targeting Aboriginal smokers in a new campaign aimed at addressing the growing number of smokers in regional and rural areas.
 

Indigenous smoking falls but still higher than other Australians

12 December 2013

Smoking rates among indigenous people have fallen by 10% in a decade, but are still far higher than the rest of the community.
 

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) defunded

28 November 2013

Funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ADCA), the national peak body representing organisations and workers in the sector, has been defunded by the assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.
 

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.
 

NSW prisoners to be banned from smoking

14 October 2013

Smoking in all New South Wales (NSW) prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.
 

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council external report 2013 highlights success of community controlled health services

16 September 2013

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.
 

Deadly Health Award winners for 2013

11 September 2013

This year's Deadly Awards saw a number of Indigenous people recognised for their contributions to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.
 

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.
 

Geelong AFL Cats promote the Deadly choices message

17 July 2013

  The Geelong Football Club (the Geelong Cats) will run programs in Victoria to share anti-smoking, smoke-free and healthy lifestyle messages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Funding needed to make NSW jails smoke-free

19 June 2013

New South Wales Corrective Services aims to go smoke-free by July 2014.
 

Report reveals reduced smoking in the Northern Territory

5 June 2013

An independent annual report on tobacco control in the Northern Territory (NT) which summarises progress towards reducing smoking in the Territory has been released on World No Tobacco Day.
 

Unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women wins award

28 May 2013

A unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women is the winner of the 2013 Medical Journal of Australia's (MJA) Medical Defence Association National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for the best research paper published in the MJA in the previous calendar year.
 

Indigenous hip hop artist hits the road to promote quitting to youth

15 May 2013

Members of the Indigenous health project, No smokes, will join a crew of Bundjalung musicians from the northern New South Wales coast on a road trip from Lismore (NSW) to Melbourne (Victoria) to promote anti-smoking messages to Indigenous youth.
 

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare releases state-based reports on Indigenous health outcomes

4 April 2013

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released jurisdictional versions of data on indicators relevant to the health status, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Indigenous Australians.
 

Campaign to highlight awareness of lung cancer

20 March 2013

An awareness campaign by the New South Wales (NSW) Cancer Institute encourages people to listen out for the symptoms of lung cancer among their family, friends, community and colleagues.
 

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

Plan to reduce alcohol and drug toll in Victoria

7 February 2013

The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Local campaign to promote anti-smoking message in Sunraysia region

27 November 2012

An advertising campaign aimed at combating widespread smoking in Indigenous communities is set to be launched in early 2013.
 

Anti-smoking campaigns need targeted approach

23 November 2012

Campaigns to encourage pregnant women to give up smoking need to be localised in rural areas to have a greater impact, according to a Mount Isa health expert, Professor Sabina Knight, Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health.
 

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).
 

New article reveals decline in Indigenous 'heavy' smokers from 1994-2008

6 November 2012

According to a recently released article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the number of Indigenous 'heavy' smokers has fallen significantly.
 

Outstanding Indigenous health achievements honoured at this year's Deadlys

28 September 2012

A passionate Indigenous health worker from Queensland and a WA antenatal program took out coveted health awards at the 18th annual Deadlys at the Sydney Opera House on 25 September 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).
 

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Inaugural WA alcohol and other drug excellence award winners announced

21 August 2012

The inaugural Western Australian (WA) alcohol and other drug (AOD) excellence awards winners were recently announced by Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton.
 

The battle to reduce smoking rates and close the gap

21 August 2012

Aboriginal health leaders say changes to tobacco packaging are a small step in the battle to reduce smoking rates and close the gap.
 

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

National Preventive Health Research Strategy (2012-2016) Consultation Draft - Invitation to comment

26 July 2012

Promoting a healthy Australia (The Australian National Preventive Health Agency) invites submissions for the second consultation process to develop the National preventive health research strategy 2012-2016.
 

Positive responses received from HealthInfoNet Substance use survey

23 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently conducted a survey on the substance use section of its website - including alcohol use, illicit drug use, volatile substance use, and tobacco use.
 

Boodjari yorga program improves birth outcomes for Aboriginal women

18 July 2012

A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).
 

2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners announced

25 June 2012

The 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners were announced on Friday 22 June at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards winners announced

11 June 2012

The winners of the inaugural National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards were announced on Thursday 7 June, 2012, during the 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference.
 

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work launched at NIDAC conference today

7 June 2012

The Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work was launched today (7 June 2012) at the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol (NIDAC) conference underway tomorrow, 6 June

5 June 2012

The 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference is underway from tomorrow 6 June, 2012, at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, in Western Australia (WA).
 

No smokes website goes live on World no tobacco day

31 May 2012

Today (31 May 2012) is World no tobacco day. The theme for this year is 'Tobacco industry interference'.
 

Do you use the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's substance use section? Take our survey

22 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is undertaking a survey to find out information on users accessing the website, particularly its 'substance use' section.
 

Bourke community to launch awareness campaign targeting alcohol and other drug use

24 April 2012

On Wednesday 2 May 2012, the Bourke Alcohol and drug working group (BAWG) will launch an alcohol and other drug awareness campaign in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW).
 

Aboriginal cadets carve a career in WA health

23 April 2012

Kickstarting her career and receiving a guaranteed income while she studied were reasons behind Naomi Smith's decision to undertake an Aboriginal cadetship with the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health.
 

Newslines radio program promotes Indigenous quit smoking message

19 April 2012

Newslines Radio is a weekly radio program produced by the Australian Government, which takes a look at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.
 

South Hedland Primary School celebrates Close the Gap Day

12 April 2012

South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

Nation-wide grants announced for research into preventive health

6 March 2012

Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.
 

Snowdon backs Indigenous smoking campaign

23 January 2012

Coalition Senator Nigel Scullion has called for the scrapping of the role of National Coordinator for the Tackling Indigenous smoking measure, a position occupied by Dr Tom Calma.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
 

More Indigenous Australians accessing targeted health services

26 October 2011

There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.
 

New primary health care services for south-east Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

20 October 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening of two new clinics in Brisbane.
 

Territory correctional centres smoke free from 2013

24 August 2011

The Northern Territory Government announced that all Territory correctional centres will be smoke free from 1 July 2013, under the Territory Government's new era in corrections - a package of initiatives aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending.
 

Phase 2 funding available for local community campaigns

27 June 2011

Phase 2 funding for programs to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health opened on 13 June 2011 as part of the Get active eat good tucker live longer national program.
 

Indigenous hostels to promote anti-smoking message

27 June 2011

The Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon partnered with Aboriginal Hostels Limited to help stamp out smoking for World No Tobacco Day earlier this month.
 

WA state budget 2011-12: alcohol and other drug sector

8 June 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services Helen Morton announced funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector in a budget bulletin 2011-12.
 

No smokes North Coast program launched in Coffs Harbour

1 June 2011

A tobacco control program targeting Aboriginal people was launched this week in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
 

New South Australian tobacco control strategy released

1 June 2011

The new South Australian tobacco control strategy for 2011-2016 was released on 31 May 2011.
 

North Coast Indigenous smoking rates to be addressed

31 May 2011

Health authorities on the North Coast of NSW will survey local Indigenous communities about how to cut smoking rates after figures released to coincide with World No Tobacco Day show smoking rates in local Indigenous communities are at almost 60 per cent.
 

New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians

30 May 2011

Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.
 

New review of evidence shows why plain tobacco packs can reduce cancer, cardiovascular deaths

26 May 2011

Plain packaging of tobacco products should reduce Australia's cancer and cardiovascular disease burden by decreasing smoking rates, according to a new, comprehensive review of the evidence released today by Cancer Council Australia.
 

Indigenous smoking television program to be broadcast and available to order

23 May 2011

The television program Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, will be broadcasted on television in May.
 

Tobacco law changes up for discussion

6 May 2011

Up to 15 changes to Western Australia's Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 are up for consideration in a recently released Department of Health discussion paper.
 

Indigenous quit smoking program trains 1000

18 April 2011

A University of Sydney program aimed at cutting high smoking rates in Aboriginal communities has trained its one thousandth health worker.
 

Tobacco plain packaging design released

7 April 2011

Australia will become the first country in the world to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging, to reduce their appeal to consumers.
 

Plain packs will stop kids smoking

7 April 2011

Young Australians will be less likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease if a newly released draft bill to mandate plain packaging of tobacco products is supported by federal Parliament, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation said today.
 

Break the chain: Indigenous anti-tobacco campaign kicks off

29 March 2011

A new hard-hitting advertising campaign urging Indigenous Australians to break the chain and quit smoking hit the airwaves, newspapers and TV screens today as the Gillard Government continues its world leading action to combat tobacco use, as part of its Indigenous tobacco control initiative.
 

Ad campaign targets Indigenous smokers

28 March 2011

The Federal government is launching the first anti-smoking campaign aimed specifically at Indigenous Australians.
 

Anti-smoking campaign working: Calma

25 March 2011

The Federal government's indigenous anti-smoking co-ordinator Tom Calma says a campaign designed to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to butt out is working.
 

Indigenous smoking rates on agenda: govt

25 March 2011

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has promised to tackle high smoking rates, boost school retention and protect vulnerable children in the state's Aboriginal population.
 

Cut Indigenous smoking with high prices: Gooda

16 March 2011

The Federal Government is facing pressure to further increase the tobacco excise to help reduce smoking in Indigenous communities.
 

Helping smokers to quit and stay quit

9 March 2011

New measures have been announced and changes proposed in the way that tobacco products can be displayed and consumed in South Australia.
 

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 February 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report on substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on the three main areas of tobacco use, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (including petrol sniffing).
 

Subsidised nicotine patches will help break cycle of poverty, smoking and disease

9 December 2010

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been listed on the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS).
 

Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon launches a national workforce to address Indigenous smoking and to improve health

8 December 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon has launched a new national workforce in Canberra (8 December 2010).
 

Smoking blamed in Indigenous health disparity

8 October 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says smoking among Indigenous Australians contributes to an estimated 17 percent of the current health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

WA health: new smoking laws take effect next week

20 September 2010

Changes to WA tobacco legislation will take effect on Wednesday 22 September 2010.
 

Low daily smoking estimates derived from sales monitored tobacco use in six remote predominantly Aboriginal communities

14 July 2010

A study involving communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands found that although smoking prevalence is high, the amount smoked is about half that of the wider Australian smoking population.
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC)

21 June 2010

The inaugural NIDAC conference was held at the Adelaide convention centre on the 16 - 18 June 2010.
 

Big step forward in fighting tobacco addiction

15 June 2010

Legislation has been passed today in Parliament that will help encourage an estimated 87,000 Australians to quit smoking.
 

New push to extinguish Indigenous smoking

31 May 2010

There is a large gap between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous smoking rates, 50% and 16% respectively.
 

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.
 

Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura – Healthy Family Air: a literature review to inform the VACCHO Smoking amongst Pregnant Aboriginal Women research project

25 May 2010

The' Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura - Healthy Family Air: A Literature Review to Inform the VACCHO Smoking amongst Pregnant Aboriginal Women Research Project' was written to better understand the types of activities that might work to reduce smoking amongst pregnant Indigenous women.
 

Calls to use cigarette tax hike on Indigenous health

1 May 2010

The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance in the Northern Territory (AMSANT) welcomed the tax hike Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced this week to raise the tax on cigarettes by 25 per cent and to introduce generic plain packaging for cigarettes.
 

Tom Calma to run Indigenous push

30 April 2010

After his five years as social justice commissioner, Tom Calma will be the national coordinator for tackling Indigenous smoking for the next three years.
 

Cigarette labelling 'will improve Indigenous health'

29 April 2010

Addressing a conference of health care workers in Brisbane, Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon says changes to cigarette packet labelling will have a dramatic impact on Indigenous health.
 

$10.7 Million to combat Indigenous smoking

5 March 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced a $10.7 million funding round to promote innovative anti-tobacco campaigns and prevention strategies.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates drop below 40%

Smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have recently dropped below 40%, with a third of those who have previously smoked having successfully quit, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.
 

New digital content for the AOD Knowledge Centre

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (AODKC) is pleased to announce a series of new digital resources now available on the web resource.
 
 
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