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Abstract: Issue addressed: This paper reports on the evaluation of a culturally specific smoking cessation training program (SmokeCheck) for health professionals working in Aboriginal health in NSW. Training aimed to increase professionals' knowledge, skills and confidence to offer an evidence-based quit smoking brief intervention to Aboriginal clients. Methods: Using a quasi-experimental pre-post with 165 matched intervention participants, surveys were completed immediately before (baseline) and 6-months post training. The control group were on a waiting list for 6 months before receiving the intervention, and completed surveys at baseline, immediately before training and 3-6 months following training. Surveys assessed knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver the intervention, availability of resources, and smoke-free status of homes. Results: Post training, a higher proportion of intervention group participants were more confident talking about health effects (22%, p=0.001), offering quit advice (27%, p=0.001), assessing readiness to quit (31%, p=0.001) and initiating a conversation about smoking (24%, p=0.001). After training, more participants reported providing advice about NRT (15%, p=0.001), ETS (12%, p=0.006), and reducing tobacco use (10%, p=0.034), but no changes were reported in smoking or intention to quit. Conversely, the control group showed no significant changes. Conclusions: SmokeCheck training strengthened participants' knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver a smoking cessation intervention to Aboriginal clients.'

To cite this article: Hearn, Shane; Nancarrow, Hannah; Rose, Miranda; Massi, Luciana; Wise, Marilyn; Conigrave, Katherine; Barnes, Ian and Bauman, Adrian. Evaluating NSW SmokeCheck: a culturally specific smoking cessation training program for health professionals working in Aboriginal health [online]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 22, No. 3, Dec 2011: 189-195. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=076515222191179;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-1073. [cited 26 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Hearn, Shane; Nancarrow, Hannah; Rose, Miranda; Massi, Luciana; Wise, Marilyn; Conigrave, Katherine; Barnes, Ian; Bauman, Adrian; Source: Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 22, No. 3, Dec 2011: 189-195 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-1073 Subject: Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Torres Strait Islanders--Health and hygiene; Evidence-based medicine; Smoking--Health aspects; Health surveys; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(2) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(3) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(4) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Edward Ford Building A27, Sydney, New South Wales 2006, email: luciana.massi@sydney.edu.au
(5) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(6) Central Clinical School, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
(7) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(8) Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales

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