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Activities that work

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Once you have decided what you want to accomplish through your program, you will need to choose activities that will help you to achieve these aims. It is important that Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) activities are effective for achieving the TIS Programme desired outcomes (e.g. increasing awareness of the benefits of not smoking, more smoke-free environments, increased quit attempts, reduced uptake of smoking). The best way of ensuring that an activity is effective is to use ones which have been tried and tested, so we have evidence that they work. It is also important that you choose the right activities for your local population needs and your local community context. Your role is to use your understanding of the communities in your region, your professional experience and expertise, along with your knowledge of the evidence to put together a suitable set of activities. One example of an effective TIS activity is the Koori Tobacco Cessation Program.

For more information on the role of evidence to develop locally relevant services click on the link below:

What do we mean by evidence?

Examples of community health promotion activities and individual level activities that work:              

Community health promotion activities

Mass media/social marketing
Social media and social networking
Mothers and babies
Adolescence/school based education and awareness activities

Individual level activities

Brief intervention
Using physical activity to enhance quit rates
Cold turkey

Further reading

Raphael D (2000) The question of evidence in health promotion. Health Promotion International,;15(4), 355-367.
Slama K (2005) From evidence to practice: tobacco control effectivenessIUHPE Promotion and Education Supplement; pp.28-39
Speller V, Wimbush E & Morgan A (2005) Evidence-based health promotion practice: how to make it work. IUHPE Promotion and Education Supplement; pp.15-20.

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Last updated: 11 January 2018
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