Tackling Indigenous Smoking
Grand Pacific Health
Duration: March 2016 – June 2018
Tobacco is the primary cause of preventable disease and early death in Aboriginal Australians, with one in five deaths related to direct or passive smoking. The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) initiative coordinated by Grand Pacific Health is part of the Australian Government Department of Health’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking Regional Tobacco Control Grants, aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a variety of population health activities to reduce tobacco use. The initiative’s primary focus is on tobacco use outcomes. The initiative will deliver a population and preventative health approach directed to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the South Eastern NSW region, irrespective of what health provider the individual uses. The initiative is being undertaken in collaboration with, and to complement, NSW state tobacco control activities.
What we did
The main role of the CHSD is to develop and assist with the implementation of an evaluation framework and associated activities for the TIS initiative. During the year refinements to the CHSD evaluation framework were made to align with the TIS activities and program logic. Work also began on designing evaluation materials, including forms and surveys for baseline and follow up evaluation activities. Data collection is anticipated to commence in the first half of 2017 and data analysis will proceed on the completion of collection.
A framework which has been developed and used successfully many times by CHSD at AHSRI in the design of evaluations will be used. For more information on the evaluation framework, see Masso M, Quinsey K and Fildes D (2017) Evolution of a multilevel framework for health program evaluation, Australian Health Review, 41 (3): 239-245.