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Aboriginal Males Shedding the Smokes



The aim of this project is to establish a socially attractive gathering space in two remote South Australian (SA) Aboriginal Communities, which will be called a Male Health Shed. The Shed will be dedicated to males where Aboriginal art, social and cultural activities can be practised, with a focus on the promotion of smoking cessation and preventative health. The program was designed for adolescents and men, aged 15 and over, in the communities of Yalata and Coober Pedy, SA.

The project aims to provide Aboriginal males with a multi-faceted holistic tobacco cessation program, which includes components of:

Each component will be tailored specifically to the individual participant's needs.

This program will be evaluated through a quasi-experimental matched comparison group design, where each community will be matched with a comparison community in terms of smoking prevalence, age, gender profile and remoteness index.

The program was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, as part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Innovation Grants. It is being run by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Health


Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc.
220 Franklin Street
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 791
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8273 7200
Fax: (08) 8273 7299 


Last updated: 13 March 2018
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