New program helping Indigenous smokers airs May 24th
A new Rural Health Education Foundation television program that assists health practitioners to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people quit smoking will air on Tuesday May 24th.
Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge examines a range of interventions to both help prevent tobacco use and assist Indigenous Australians to quit.
The hour-long broadcast, which will be introduced by The Honourable Warren Snowden MP, also describes the factors that contribute to a high proportion of Indigenous Australians smoking, and outlines effective individual intervention strategies.
Reducing smoking will help to Close the Gap
“Much of the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is due to smoking-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer,” says Rural Health Education Foundation CEO Don Perlgut. “This important new program explores innovative and effective ways to help reduce the alarmingly high prevalence of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.”
Presented by an expert panel
The program format is a panel discussion chaired by Dr Norman Swan, Presenter of the Health Report on ABC Radio National. The panel of expert health practitioners features:
- Mr Sean Appoo, Regional Tobacco Coordinator, Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service, NSW;
- Dr Rowena Ivers, General Practitioner, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service, NSW;
- Ms Toni Mason, Aboriginal Tobacco Control Project Officer, Quit Victoria;
- Ms Jasmine Sarin, AH&MRC Senior Tobacco Resistance & Control Officer, NSW;
- Mr Nick Zwar, General Practitioner & Director, School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge will be broadcast across the Rural Health Education Foundation’s satellite television network on Tuesday May 24th at 8.00pm (AEST), with repeats at 8.00pm Perth time that same evening (three hours later) and 12.30pm on Friday May 27th.
Also available on DVD and online
DVD copies of this program will be available after the broadcast via our website. The program will also be available free to view on the Internet via web-streamed video or listening via an audio podcast.
About smoking in Indigenous communities
Tobacco use is a major preventable contributor to the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous Australians and other Australians.
Nearly half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults smoke compared to less than one fifth of other adults, and smoking prevalence is even higher in remote areas.
Strategies to combat smoking need to acknowledge the historical, cultural, and socio-economic factors influencing its use, as well as the individual psychological, physical and behavioural factors.
For more information about the Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge program – including presenter details and associated educational resources – go to the online program summary or contact the Foundation.