Quit Victoria is committed to strengthening the evidence base around tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. A current research project is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amended Australian School Student’s Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey Pilot Project. This pilot project is being conducted by Quit Victoria in partnership with the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC), the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), and the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control (CEITC) with the additional support of the Victorian and Queensland Departments of Health. The primary aim of this study is to explore the feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of a methodology that may enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student participation in an amended ASSAD Survey.
There is also rigorous evaluation of Quit Victoria’s Aboriginal programs. The most recent evaluation for the Aboriginal Quitline Enhancement project has commenced, and will measure outcomes being produced by this valuable national initiative, with a view to improving programs.
Tobacco in Australia Facts & Issues:
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Chapter 8. Tobacco use among Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders
Some of the information in this chapter also appears elsewhere in this book, but because of specific interest in matters relating to tobacco use among Australia's Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, material on the subject has been collected in one place to aid quick reference. Readers seeking broader discussion should also refer to other chapters.
A note on terminology: it is recognised that the preferred term for Australia's Indigenous peoples is Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and where practical, this title has been used throughout this chapter. The term Indigenous is also used throughout, generally with the intention of reducing repetitiveness or aiding concision for the reader, and where it appears it refers to both population groups
Australian Indigenous Health Info Net
The Health Info Net website has references, details and links to information about tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.