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Abstract: Issue addressed: The prevalence of smoking among the adult Aboriginal population is almost double that of the non-Aboriginal population. Research shows smoking cessation brief interventions have a positive impact on quit attempts. However, examples of statewide, Aboriginal-led initiatives that ensure health service delivery of brief intervention to all Aboriginal clients are limited. Methods: Guidance from an Aboriginal chief investigator and key health stakeholders supported the development of the NSW SmokeCheck Program. One component of the program was the establishment of a state-wide network of Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) and other health professional participants. Another was a culturally specific training program to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and confidence of participants to provide an evidence-based brief smoking-cessation intervention to Aboriginal clients. The brief intervention was based on the transtheoretical model of behaviour change, adapted for use in Aboriginal communities. Results: SmokeCheck training reached 35.5% of the total NSW AHW workforce over a 15-month period. More than 90% of participants surveyed indicated satisfaction with the curriculum content, workshop structure and training delivery, agreeing that they found it relevant, easy to understand and applicable to practice. Conclusions: An evidence-based approach to designing and delivering an Aboriginal-specific health promotion intervention appears to have facilitated the development of a state-wide network of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health professionals and strengthened their capacity to deliver a brief smoking cessation intervention with Aboriginal clients.

To cite this article: Wise, Marilyn; Massi, Luciana; Rose, Miranda; Nancarrow, Hannah; Conigrave, Katherine; Bauman, Adrian and Hearn, Shane. Developing and implementing a state-wide Aboriginal health promotion program: The process and factors influencing successful delivery [online]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 23, No. 1, Apr 2012: 25-29. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=446156106011351;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-1073. [cited 30 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Wise, Marilyn; Massi, Luciana; Rose, Miranda; Nancarrow, Hannah; Conigrave, Katherine; Bauman, Adrian; Hearn, Shane; Source: Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 23, No. 1, Apr 2012: 25-29 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-1073 Subject: Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Smoking cessation; Aboriginal Australians--Medical care; Medical personnel; Health promotion--Government policy; Primary health care--Administration; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, email: m.wise@unsw.edu.au
(2) Hannah Nancarrow, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(3) Hannah Nancarrow, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(4) Drug Health Service, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney; Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(5) Centre for Physical Activity and Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, and Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
(6) Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales

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