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What Are Indigenous Health Workers Saying about Their Smoking Status: Does It Prevent Them Providing Tobacco Information and/or Quit Support to the Community?

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Volume 34 Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 2010)

Abstract: This article is written from an Indigenous Health Worker's point of view. I am an Indigenous Health Worker with experience of working in remote, regional and urban communities. I have moved into research. This journey continues to challenge me in many ways. In this article I'd like to share with other Health Workers the results of the literature review I completed as part of studying a Masters in Science by research. The topic: Is Indigenous Health Workers' smoking status a barrier to them providing health information or quit support to their communities? I will provide preliminary results of the Health Worker Smoking Study that is also part of my studies. Lastly, I will share my reflections on this process and my journey into research up to now. I use the term Indigenous to represent both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. It is important to acknowledge the differences in our cultures whilst working towards improving the health of our people collectively. I use the word Indigenous Health Worker with capital letters because we are a professional workforce that needs to be acknowledged for our skills and abilities.

To cite this article: Thompson, Marlene A. What Are Indigenous Health Workers Saying about Their Smoking Status: Does It Prevent Them Providing Tobacco Information and/or Quit Support to the Community? [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, Mar/Apr 2010: 3-5, 8. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=941772933641696;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 03 Dec 16].

Personal Author: Thompson, Marlene A; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, Mar/Apr 2010: 3-5, 8 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Medical personnel; Smoking; Tobacco use--Prevention; Medical personnel--Health and hygiene; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Statistics;

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