Give Smokes the Flick

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Program/Project Give Smokes the Flick
Period/Length Two years
Aim To evaluate the impact of the two resources on smoking habits and smoking related behaviours of Aboriginal workers; the effectiveness of the training process so as to improve quality of delivery and; clients’ and workers’ opinions on design and cultural appropriateness of all resources
Year 2010-2011
Target Group Aboriginal pregnant women who smoke and their partners; Aboriginal families, particularly with young children; Aboriginal workers and Non Aboriginal workers who work with Aboriginal pregnant women.
Reach 102 workers were trained
The project aimed to reach all pregnant Aboriginal women who smoke
Locations From Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads
Partners University Centre for Rural Health North Coast (UCRH) and; Mid North and Far North Coast Communities, Early Years Division, Agency of Community Services.
Funding NSW Health
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What strategies were used?

Training Workshops were conducted across the North Coast area by Health Promotion staff where 102 health or community workers received training. ‘How to’ guidelines were developed for the economic resource and were disseminated during the workshop. Resources were disseminated to practitioners once they have attended workshop training. Community and health workers were contacted for evaluation purposes two to three months post training. This phone contact will review the training process and prompt and reinforce workers’ use of the resources. The Give Smokes the Flick and Healthy Mums and Bubs resources were used with pregnant Aboriginal women who smoked and their partners. Participants were shown samples of NRT and given NRT to try.

What were the program outcomes?

A third of the 102 workers who attended training provided feedback on the effectiveness of the training. The majority of the respondents felt that the training was delivered in an effective manner and that they felt confident in their ability to deliver the resources to clients appropriately and effectively. The majority of the respondent also thought that the resources would be effective when used on their clients.

Fifteen (15) workers and 10 Aboriginal women were interviewed regarding the resources regarding content, layout, cultural appropriateness and about the impact if any on smoking status. The workers viewed the resources as effective and said that the effectiveness came from the women seeing the savings that could be made from cutting down or quitting smoking. The use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) was also considered an important strategy of the program. One client had given up smoking after viewing the resource and another seven had cut down their smoking the remaining two clients had plans in place to begin NRT to assist them to reduce/quit smoking. The clients thought that the resources were culturally appropriate.