Associate Professor David Thomas

Head of Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease Division

Qualifications:

PhD, Northern Territory University, 2001; Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 1993; Master of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology), University of Newcastle, 1995; Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of Liverpool, 1988; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney, 1985.

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Associate Professor Thomas has worked in Indigenous health and health research for nearly 30 years. He has worked as a doctor for three Aboriginal community controlled health services. He has published peer-reviewed research articles about many aspects of Indigenous health and the book, Reading Doctors’ Writing (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2004).

Assoc Prof Thomas established and has led the Tobacco Control Research Program at Menzies since 2007. He has completed research about many aspects of Indigenous tobacco control, including an RCT, a Cochrane review, qualitative research (including the examination of historical tobacco industry documents), evaluations of local and national policies and projects, and monitoring trends in smoking.  This work has been in collaboration with Australian and international researchers, including many Indigenous researchers, and in close partnership with Indigenous communities and organisations, especially Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.   

Assoc Prof Thomas is involved in the translation of research into policy and practice through advocacy, collaborations with policy makers and practitioners, and his membership on several important national and NT committees. 

 

 

  1. Thomas, D., Davey, M., Briggs, V., & Borland, R. (2015). Talking about the smokes: summary and key findings. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(10): S3-S4. 

  2. Thomas, D., Briggs, V., Couzos, S., Davey, M., Hunt, J., Panaretto, K., et al. (2015). Research methods of ‘Talking about the Smokes’: An International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(10): S5-S12. 

  3. Thomas, D., Panaretto, K., Stevens, M., Bennet, P., & Borland, R. (2015). Smoke-free homes and workplaces of a national sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(10): S33-S38.

  4. Thomas, D., Thomas, D.P., Panaretto, K.S., Stevens, M., & Borland, R. (2015) Dependence in a national sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander daily smokers. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(10): S39-S44.  

  5. Thomas, D., Bennet, P., Briggs, V., Couzos, S., Hunt, J., Panaretto, K., et al. (2015). Smoking cessation advice and non-pharmacological support in a national sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers and ex-smokers. Medical Journal of Australia202(10): S73-S77. 

  6. Thomas, D., Briggs, V., Couzos, S., Panaretto, K., van der Sterren, A., Stevens, M., et al. (2015). Use of nicotine replacement therapy and other stop-smoking medicines by a national sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers and ex-smokers. Medical Journal of Australia202(10): S78-S84.

  7. Thomas, D., Davey, M., Panaretto, K., Hunt, J., Stevens, M., & van der Sterren, A. (2015). Smoking among a national sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff.   Medical Journal of Australia202(10): S85-S89.

  8. Walker, N., Johnston, V., Glover, M., Bullen, C., Trenholme, A., Thomas, D.P., et al. (2015). The effect of a family-centred environmental tobacco smoke intervention to reduce respiratory illness in Indigenous infants: A randomised controlled trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17: 48-57.

  9. Thomas, D.P., Bainbridge, R., & Tsey, K. (2014). Changing discourses of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, 1914-2013. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(1 Suppl): S15-S18.

  10. Thomas, D.P., & Stevens, M. (2014). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoke-free homes, 2002 to 2008.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38(2): 147-153.

  1. 730NT ABC TV: A report card on the NT's smoking habit

    730NT ABC TV: A report card on the NT's smoking habit

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    A new report finds the Northern Territory's smoking rates are falling, but are still the highest in the country.

  2. ABC News online: Smoking more harmful than grog, study finds

    ABC News online: Smoking more harmful than grog, study finds

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    A new report suggests smoking is causing more harm than alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory.

  3. Closing the Gap 2013: three good news stories

    Closing the Gap 2013: three good news stories

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    With the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report published in February this year, here are three ways Menzies is helping to improve the lifespan and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

  4. Crikey: Northern Territory prisons totally smoke free

    Crikey: Northern Territory prisons totally smoke free

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    All Northern Territory prisons will be totally smoke-free from Monday 1 July. No one will be able to smoke indoors or outdoors within these prisons, or on surrounding correctional centre land including carparks: neither prisoners, visitors nor staff. Prison staff (and inmates) will now be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke just like many other Australian workers.

  5. National research shows the way to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking

    National research shows the way to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking

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    A landmark series of 15 scientific papers published today in the Medical Journal of Australia from the national Talking about the Smokes research project shows that reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking is achievable, how this is happening now, and why continued government investment is justified.

  6. National survey reveals large decline in Indigenous smoking rates

    National survey reveals large decline in Indigenous smoking rates

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    Recently released results from the Australian Bureau of Statics (ABS) have revealed a significant decline in smoking rates amongst Australia’s Indigenous population.

  7. Radio Australia: Research shows smoking rates declining among Indigenous Australians

    Radio Australia: Research shows smoking rates declining among Indigenous Australians

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    It's not often we hear good news about health indicators for Indigenous Australians, but a new report has found that the number of heavy smokers within Australia's Indigenous population has almost halved in the past 20 years.

  8. Researcher of the month: Dr David Thomas

    Researcher of the month: Dr David Thomas

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    Doctor goes to war on a world of smoking.

  9. The Conversation: Number of Indigenous heavy smokers down 45%

    The Conversation: Number of Indigenous heavy smokers down 45%

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    The number of Indigenous heavy smokers fell from 17.3% in 1994 to 9.4% in 2008, a relative drop of 45%, a study has found.

  10. Report reveals reduced smoking in the Northern Territory

    Report reveals reduced smoking in the Northern Territory

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    An independent Annual Report on Tobacco Control in the Northern Territory (NT) which summarises progress towards reducing smoking in the Territory has been released on World No Tobacco Day.

  11. Study reveals true cost of smoking to the Territory

    Study reveals true cost of smoking to the Territory

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    Smoking tobacco costs the Territory more than $5,000 per Territorian aged over 14 years, according to a new study conducted by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies for the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).

  12. Legislative changes will reduce smoking harms in the NT

    Legislative changes will reduce smoking harms in the NT

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    Legislative changes announced by the NT and Australian Governments in the last year will make a significant contribution to reducing the harm that smoking causes in the Territory, according to the independent Annual Report on Tobacco Control in the NT.

  13. The evaluation of Northern Territory’s smoke-free prison policy: successes and unexpected results

    The evaluation of Northern Territory’s smoke-free prison policy: successes and unexpected results

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    An evaluation of the Northern Territory’s smoke free prison policy has been published today in the online journal, Public Health Research & Practice.

  14. Research reveals decline in Indigenous heavy smokers

    Research reveals decline in Indigenous heavy smokers

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    The number of Indigenous heavy smokers has fallen significantly according to a study by the Menzies School of Health Research.