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National workforce launched to tackle indigenous smoking and improve health



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THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP

Minister for Indigenous Health

8 December 2010

NATIONAL WORKFORCE LAUNCHED TO TACKLE INDIGENOUS SMOKING AND IMPROVE HEALTH

In Canberra today, Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, launched a new workforce featuring 82 new positions to help reduce smoking and help improve nutrition and physical activity in Indigenous communities across the country.

The new workforce has been rolled in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT since July. (See complete list attached below).

The Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Workforc will grow as it’s rolled out nationally over three years, increasing from 82 positions in 20 regions to 340 positions in 57 regions.

Mr Snowdon met the new workforce in Canberra at the first national workshop for participants and their host organisations.

He said the workforce is part of a $100.6 million Australian Government commitment over four years to Tackling Smoking through a National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes.

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“The new Tackling Smoking Workforce has been created to put hundreds of health workers in areas where they are most needed--as a major step forward in tackling Indigenous smoking.

“The workforce will be led and mentored by the National Co-ordinator Dr Tom Calma, and operate in regional teams, which feature a tobacco coordinator and action worker, and two health lifestyle workers.

“The regional teams will be to raise awareness about the health impacts of tobacco smoking and chronic disease in Indigenous communities. They will actively promote positive lifestyle changes and it will help people to get timely access to health services.

“Wherever they are, the teams will facilitate culturally appropriate community education, health promotions, and social marketing activities to promote quitting. They’ll also encourage smoke-free environments and provide people with information about healthier lifestyles.

Mr Snowdon said a key part of this agreement is that any health service that is funded for these positions must become smoke free within a year.

“In addition, each region will receive $100,000 a year to develop localised campaign activities and health promotion events for their local area.

“We know that the daily smoking rate is alarmingly high, with almost one in two among Indigenous Australians--compared with one in six among Australians overall,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Smoking is the number one cause of chronic conditions and diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease among Indigenous Australians,” he said.

The new positions include 20 Regional Tobacco Coordinators, 21 Tobacco Action Workers and 41 Healthy lifestyle workers.

The initiative is being funded through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. It is an important part of the Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes.

Media contact: Alice Plate 0400 045 999

Workforce for 2010-11 roll-out of Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Workforce

Regions Host Organisation Workforce/ Team NSW Tamworth/Moree/ Narrabri Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (auspiced by North West Slopes Division of General Practice) Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Campbelltown Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Inner Sydney Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Service Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2

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Victoria Southern Metropolitan (Dandenong) Dandenong and District Aborigines Cooperative Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Loddon Mallee Region (Swan Hill / Mildura) Mildura Aboriginal Corporation Inc Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 QLD Central Queensland Nhulundu Wooribah Aboriginal Community Controlled Heath Org Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Far North Queensland Wuchopperen Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 South East Metropolitan Institute for Indigenous Urban Health Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast GP Links Wide Bay Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 SA Whyalla/Flinders and Far North Pika Wiya Health Service (auspiced by Country Health South Australia) Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Hills Mallee Southern/Riverland/South East Country Health South Australia Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Metro South Adelaide Health Service Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 WA Kimberley West Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Inc Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Kimberley East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Inc Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Goldfields Bega Garnbirringu Health Services Aboriginal Corporation Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Pilbara Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 NT Darwin Urban Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Aboriginal Corporation Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1

Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Katherine West Katherine West Health Board Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 Central Australia Central Australia Aboriginal Congress Regional Tobacco Coordinator x 1 Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Workers x 2 ACT ACT Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

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Tobacco Action Worker x 1 Healthy Lifestyle Worker x 1

Alice Plate Media Adviser ____________________________

The Hon. Warren Snowdon MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Minister for Indigenous Health Member for Lingiari

M: 0400 045 999 Parliament: 02 6277 7820 E:alice.plate@dva.gov.au www.warrensnowdon.com www.dva.gov.au www.minister.defence.gov.au www.health.gov.au

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