More Help For Battle Against Smoking

Tom Calma says more resources than ever before are now going towards the battle to reduce the high rates of smoking in Aboriginal communities.

Healthy lifestyle teams are being employed in 21 regions around Australia to deliver anti-smoking programs, while around 60 communities across Australia will have health-promotion workers by mid-2012 to help deliver anti-smoking programs.

“This is a pretty special initiative, both in the way we educate the community and engage with them in a meaningful way, so that they can understand how best to be able to look after their own health and to give up things like smoking,” said Dr Calma.

The program aims to work with communities to help people understand the importance of getting health checks, particularly before their problems become chronic.

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