Over many years, the AH&MRC has been developing, delivering and evaluating culturally appropriate programs and resources in tobacco resistance and control under the A-TRAC program.

Program objectives are:

The goal of the A-TRAC Program is to contribute to reduced smoking rates for Aboriginal people in NSW with the primary approach taken being the integration of tobacco control and smoking cessation activities into the ACCHS model of comprehensive primary health care.

Program objectives are:

The three primary objectives have been identified to contribute towards this goal, namely to:

  1. Shift community attitudes away from the belief that smoking is normal
  2. Increase the capacity of NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services [ACCHSs] to undertake tobacco resistance and control activities
  3. Develop new, and strengthen existing partnerships with key stakeholders

A few key achievements from the A-TRAC program include: developing the Kick the Habit social marketing campaign, delivering the Aboriginal Tobacco Resistance Toolkit resource and support workshops; and establishing and maintaining a diverse range of relationships with organisations and key staff working in the area of tobacco resistance and control.

More recently, the AH&MRC has worked collaboratively with NSW Ministry of Health (MoH) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to develop the A-TRAC Framework. The A-TRAC Framework identifies relevant evidence, key principles and aims to encourage best practice approaches to addressing smoking in Aboriginal communities and support the planning, integration and coordination of Aboriginal tobacco resistance and control.

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