Our organisation which is mostly funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing as well as other independent donors strives to boost awareness about indigenous Tobacco Control.
We have been educating and informing the Australian public about the various negative aspects of tobacco and smoking for over 10 years, and we continue to grow.
Currently we employ more than 10 full-time and part time staff who work in different ways to improve the knowledge about indigenous tobacco control as well as assist and encourage others involved in this particular area.
We work with other organisations like Full Frame Productions in Sydney who have supplied us with some videos to help illustrate some of the information we are trying to convey.
Through varies activities and initiatives, we have worked tirelessly to foster correlation between indigenous and non-indigenous tobacco control organisations and practitioners as well as advocating for tobacco control measures in indigenous communities that are controlled by the health sector and wider NGO and government sectors. During this time, we have firmly established ourselves at the pinnacle of knowledge exchange and bridging the gaps between policy, research and practice.
Australia’s ban on cigarette-pack labeling is one commendable achievement from such initiatives and awareness programs. In our role as knowledge center, we have worked tirelessly to boost capacity by engaging numerous objectives which include:
• Developing an evidence base for tobacco control by methodically producing current knowledge and the best practices
• Scrutinizing and identifying critical gaps and facilitating research and evaluation activities meant to address these gaps
• The promotion and development of evidence that is based on policy implementation and practice
• Developing infrastructure and programs that allow for effective knowledge exchange
• Developing the capacity of the tobacco control workforce with greater emphasis on Aboriginal Health employees.
Recent study research has revealed that the poorest suburbs in Australia have more than four times the number of tobacco and cigarette outlets than those in their well off counterparts, prompting for calls to tighten regulations on license issuance.
New programs like the Aboriginal Tobacco Resistance Took Kit was formed by the AHMRC ATRAC group to meet the growing demand for functional support surrounding tobacco resistance and controls by Aboriginal communities in different parts of Australia.
From December 2008, subsidised to free Nicotine Replacement Therapy was made available to Torres Strait and Aboriginal Islanders via the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme which fell under the Closing the Gap Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.
Under this program, people can receive 3 courses of NRT for up to 12 weeks per year using prescription provided by their physician.