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Addressing high rates of smoking in remote Aboriginal communities: New evidence for GPs

Australian Family Physician
Volume 42 Issue 7 (Jul 2013)

Abstract: Objective: To inform smoking interventions by clinicians, particularly doctors, in primary healthcare settings in remote Aboriginal communities, we describe the results of tobacco surveys in remote Northern Territory communities. Method: During 2008-09 in three remote communities in the Northern Territory, 400 people (aged >=16 years) were asked about their tobacco use. Results: Extremely high rates of smoking persist: 71%, 78% and 82% of those interviewed in the three communities. More than half the smokers were either thinking about or actively trying to quit, despite limited access to appropriate support. Among former smokers, the most common motivator for quitting was 'health concerns'. Of those citing 'health concerns', 22% specifically mentioned receiving advice from a clinician, usually a 'doctor'. Conclusion: General practitioners, and their colleagues in similar primary healthcare settings, are well placed and are strongly encouraged to take every opportunity to make what could be a significant impact on reducing harms related to smoking and environmental smoke.

To cite this article: Robertson, Jan; Conigrave, Katherine; Ivers, Rowena; Hindmarsh, Elizabeth and Clough, Alan. Addressing high rates of smoking in remote Aboriginal communities: New evidence for GPs [online]. Australian Family Physician, Vol. 42, No. 7, Jul 2013: 492-496. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=405903201903505;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0300-8495. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Robertson, Jan; Conigrave, Katherine; Ivers, Rowena; Hindmarsh, Elizabeth; Clough, Alan; Source: Australian Family Physician, Vol. 42, No. 7, Jul 2013: 492-496 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0300-8495 Subject: Smoking--Health aspects; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Smoking--Prevention; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, email: jan.robertson@jcu.edu.au
(2) Senior Staff Specialist and Associate Professor, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Drug Health Services, Sydney and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(3) Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales
(4) Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland

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