Beyond the Big Smoke is a Tobacco Control project that exists as a partnership between KAMSC and AHCWA (Australian Health Council of Western Australia). The project is jointly funded by Healthway and the Australian Respiratory Council.
The project aims to implement a range of strategies designed to have a positive impact on smoking behavious amongst staff and user populations of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs).
The strategies entail:
- collaboration between ACCHSs and other organizations to improve capacity to respond to;
- tobacco control issues in Aboriginal populations;
- identification of smoking behaviour amongst staff and user populations of ACCHSs;
- promotion of tobacco control through increased use of brief interventions and enhanced awareness of smoking impacts amongst the ACCHSs populations;
- encouraging ACCHSs to actively support and promote tobacco control policies and strategies;
- consolidation and co-ordination of recent tobacco control initiatives targeting Aboriginal populations.
Activities that are being conducted as part of the Beyond the Big Smoke project:
- Tobacco champions network across Kimberley ACCHSs.
- Tobacco control training program for Kimberley ACCHSs staff.
- KAMSC Tobacco support group.
- “Yarning about Tobacco” competition.
- Support with tobacco control policy implementation and maintenance.
- Data collection of tobacco use in the Kimberley.
- ‘Why I wish I had never smoked’ project.
- “Congratulations on Quitting smoking” banners.
- “Protect the Kimberley from Tobacco Smoke” Campaign.
- Protect the Kimberley from Tobacco Smoke.
Download Beyond the Big Smoke Bulletins:
KAMSC Project Officer: Mena Lewis