Indigenous communities can breathe stronger
The Rural Health Education Foundation’s upcoming documentary, Breathe Strong, along with the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference being held this week, aims to assist Indigenous communities to “break the chain” of smoking.
The Foundation’s 26 minute program Breathe Strong: Tackling Smoking in Indigenous Communities will be broadcast on Tuesday 25th October. This documentary style program features Mary G, Queen of the Kimberley as she shows us what different communities are doing to quit smoking and “break the chain”.
The documentary features:
- The Smokers Program, Maari Ma Primary Health Care, Broken Hill, NSW: Justin and his team help community members in the Broken Hill region to quit smoking.
- Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, WA: Mena, the Healthy Lifestyle Worker, and Sharon, the Tobacco Action Worker, are running community education and activities to promote fitness and limit tobacco use.
- Clean Air Gippsland Campaign, Victoria: Paul, from the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, and the film crew from nbsproductions have worked with six young Indigenous people to produce television and radio ads discouraging smoking.
The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of its initiative in tackling smoking and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Breathe Strong: Tackling Smoking in Indigenous Communities will be broadcast across the Rural Health Education Foundation’s satellite television network on Tuesday 25th October at 8.00pm (AEDT) on Channel 4, with repeats at 8.00pm WA time on Channel 23 that same evening (three hours later) and on Channel 23 at 12.30pm on Thursday 27th October.
Also available to order free on DVD
Free DVD copies of this program are also available to order via the program page or by completing the Fax Back Order form. The DVD includes;
- Breathe Strong documentary
- Smoking: An Indigenous Health Challenge- panel discussion previously aired in May 2011
- Short videos- conversation starters about smoking
- Smoking Cessation Guidelines for General Practitioners provided by the RACGP
- Live Longer! Health Promotion Action Pack
The program will also be available to view online. Click on the ‘view high res’ or ‘view low res’ button on the program page.
About the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference
The Oceania Tobacco Control Conference 2011 is being held this week, with our Patron, Dr Tom Calma – National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking, speaking. The conference is recognised as the Oceania region’s foremost leadership summit on tobacco control, engaging some of the world’s leading health experts and disease control specialists.
As many as 400 delegates from across Australia and the Oceania region are expected to attend the Conference, which is being held in Brisbane, Queensland, from October 18 to 20, 2011.