Tobacco smoking is the number one risk factor for chronic conditions within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. In 2003, smoking was responsible for 20 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in Australia.
SmokeCheck was developed by Queensland Health with North Queensland Indigenous communities as a strategy to help bring down smoking rates.
SmokeCheck is for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. SmokeCheck trained health professionals typically include Indigenous Health Workers, nurses, doctors, alcohol, tobacco and other drug workers, social workers and counsellors.
The program is a unique brief intervention program delivered by health workers to identify, encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke tobacco to make positive and healthy behaviour changes.
SmokeCheck is proven to build health worker's skills and confidence in conducting brief interventions to assist their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and clients.
Evaluation has shown that the program assists clients to think about their smoking, move workers towards being ready to quit, cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke, and quit smoking altogether.
The SmokeCheck team offer training to health workers so they can learn how to best help and encourage their clients to stop or reduce their smoking. This includes targeted information booklets for health workers to use with their clients.
The SmokeCheck team visit communities across the State to provide training. The team offer two levels of training:
If you would like training please contact the SmokeCheck Team on +61 7 3328 9853. You can also view the SmokeCheck Training Schedule for 2012.
There is a range of SmokeCheck materials to support health workers in delivering SmokeCheck brief intervention, including client booklets for each stage of change, as well as a specific resource for smoking and pregnancy.
There are also health worker prompts (tear-off pads) and a smoking and pregnancy poster to support the intervention.
To receive regular SmokeCheck updates register for the SmokeCheck newsletter by emailing Indigenous Smoking Prevention.
For more information about the program contact the SmokeCheck Team on +61 7 3328 9851.