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Indigenous health and tobacco cessation

Tobacco use for Indigenous Australians is 2.5 times greater than the non-Indigenous population. A 2012 report highlighted that progress made against tobacco use is at a standstill and youth smoking is again on the rise.

PhD Candidate Kristin Carson’s research has identified several barriers and enablers to smoking cessation and tobacco prevention programs targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Her findings have led to successful improvements in clinical practice and policy development. A recently acquired NHMRC Fellowship (co-funded by Cancer Australia) will further translate her research into training for health professionals. In order to achieve long-term change Kristin’s research is supporting government to develop healthy lifestyle programs and make further improvements to public smoking policies.

To learn more about Kristin Carson and her research, read her profile

Related links:
School of Medicine
Kristin Carson – Young Australian of the Year

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