WA Aboriginal Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership Team
ACOSH has worked with Tackling Indigenous Smoking Regional Coordinators in Western Australia to address the serious health issues caused by smoking in Aboriginal communities for several years. Following discussions and a planning meeting hosted by ACOSH in 2013, a WA Aboriginal Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership Team (the Strategic Leadership Team) was established.
The Strategic Leadership Team asked ACOSH to assist with liaison; coordination; problem-solving; keeping the group advised of new evidence in tobacco control – particularly during the critical period when the TIS workers didn’t have the support of the National Best Practice Unit. In early 2015, the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) and the Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team (QALT) joined the Strategic Leadership Team and together with ACOSH provide technical assistance, guidance, and capacity building to the WA TIS workers.
One of the statewide activities conducted in 2016 by the Strategic Leadership Team was the development of Aboriginal specific resources that link tobacco, cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.
These resources are the result of a productive partnership between ACOSH and the National Heart Foundation WA Division, Stroke Foundation, Diabetes WA, Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team (QALT), UWA, Yarning It Up – Don’t Smoke it Up, and nine Aboriginal Medical Services. These resources can be downloaded on the following links:
To download Aboriginal specific resources developed by QALT to support Tackling Indigenous Smoking teams, please visit the HealthInfoNet website.
For more information on the current programs and resources to target smoking among Indigenous Australians, please refer to the following websites: