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Seminar | Talking About The Smokes: Transforming the evidence to guide Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander tobacco control.

Thank you to all who attended this seminar. A PDF copy of the presentation slides and a link to a webinar recording is available on request to

We invite you to an ASPIRE2025 seminar with leading Australian researchers in tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders , Associate Professor David Thomas and Pele Bennet.

When? 10.45am -12pm Thursday 3 November 2016
Where? University of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown
RSVP: please email
View flyer: TATS flyer

Hear new evidence about :
1) What is working to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander smoking,

2) The involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander people and  community organisations in  the research

3) How the results have been used in Australia.

Potential implications for Maori tobacco control and research, in particular the TAKe  project and the New Zealand ITC Project will be discussed.

Keynote speakers:

Associate Professor David Thomas

David Thomas is Head of Tobacco Control Research, at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Australia and leads the Talking About The Smokes project.

Pele Bennet
Pele represented Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council on the project leadership group, and was a co-author of five of the baseline
research articles.

Talking about the Smokes:

Talking About The Smokes was led by a partnership of researchers and staff and representatives of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and all its Affiliate organisations.  We worked with 34 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and the Torres Shire Council to collect baseline and, a year later, follow-up surveys.  In June 2015, Talking About The Smokes published a series of 15 papers describing the baseline surveys in a special supplement in the Medical Journal of Australia, and have recently published their first follow-up results.  Talking About The Smokes is part of the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project, which has conducted similar national longitudinal research of smokers in more than 20 countries since 2002.  The University of Otago leads the New Zealand ITC Project and the Te Ara Auahi Kore (TAKe) project. The latter is a Māori-led and focused project that is aligned with the Talking About The Smokes and ITC projects.

Don’t forget to RSVP to if you are able to join us. A live web-link will be available for this seminar for those unable to be there in person. Please indicate when you RSVP if you would like to be sent connection details.


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