- To understand how social media can be harnessed to enhance the impact of tobacco control strategies among Indigenous Australians.
- Smoking causes 1/5 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Many social media tobacco control campaigns exist, but there is minimal understanding of their effectiveness.
This is a three year project, made up of four studies:
- Study 1: What social media health information is being shared within communities, how and by who?
- Study 2: How can social media be used effectively to reduce smoking and improve health?
- Study 3: How can Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services use social media effectively for reducing smoking?
- Study 4: How can Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services use social media to support people who want to quit smoking?
Working with a team of over 20 Indigenous community based peer researchers from Darwin, Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs we will combine online data collection and analysis with interviews with both users and non-users of social media.
All community based peer researchers are eligible to enroll in the Certificate II in Community Health Research.
Please email Marita Hefler for further information.
The project commenced in April 2016 and was completed in December 2019.
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
- Danila Dilba Health Service
- Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
- Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
- Aboriginal Medical Services of the Northern Territory
- Policy and Practice Brief: Social Media to Enhance Indigenous Tobacco control
- Social media in health promotion and tobacco control | Tips and Tricks, March 2018
- Make Facebook work for your health service - View the video here
The team create short videos for social media to share updates on the social media and health research project. Check out the videos here.
Senior Researcher at the Menzies School of Health Research Dr Marita Hefler says there also needs to be a plan in place to help retailers deal with declining cigarette sales.
The Centre for Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) will involve researchers from 11 institutions with the aim of phasing out smoking for good.
A public health study into the effectiveness of tobacco control strategies in East Arnhem Land has found no evidence of smoking-related stigma among Yolngu people.
A survey released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows sustained improvement in the national smoking rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The training comes as new research from the Menzies School of Health looking at Australia's indigenous community has shown that using Facebook to deliver health messages can be effective.
Menzies School of Health head of tobacco research David Thomas said there simply was not enough evidence about the potential health benefits.
Professor David Thomas, a tobacco-control researcher who led the submission, is disappointed by the outcome but vows to keep fighting.
NT Tobacco Control Action Committee chairman David Thomas said the plan placed special emphasis on reducing harm for Aboriginal Territorians, who suffered the greatest burden from tobacco use.
The Territory Government has released its plan to improve the health of all Territorians by reducing the harm caused by tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke, and to prevent uptake by young people.
The Federal, state and territory Health Ministers met in Adelaide at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues.
Media Release | Researchers will not accept support from tobacco industry funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
Leading Australian researchers have stated they will not accept any funding or support from the tobacco industry funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World in an Editorial in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health today.
NT News | Sharing health message on FB
Positive health-related social media posts that provide new information are more likely to be shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to encourage healthy behaviours, a study has found.
Menzies School of Health researcher Dr Marita Hefler says the rapid evolution of alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, meant outlawing combustible tobacco, including cigarettes, was now possible.
NT academic says outlawing smokes is not impossible THE rise in popularity of ecigarettes could open the door to a legislated ban on the sale of cigarettes, according to a Northern Territory academic.
In a commentary published in the international journal Tobacco Control, Dr Marita Hefler said “The ongoing availability of cigarettes is an historical anomaly. Any other consumer product that kills up to two-thirds of its long-term users remaining legal is unimaginable.”
Indigenous people have the highest rates of smoking in the country, but researchers in the Top End believe Facebook could be the most effective way of helping them quit.
Smoking causes 1/5 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Many social media tobacco control campaigns exist, but there is minimal understanding of their effectiveness.
- Hefler, M., Kerrigan, V., Grunseit, A., Freeman, B., Kite, J., Thomas, D.P. (2020). Facebook-Based Social Marketing to Reduce Smoking in Australia’s First Nations Communities: An Analysis of Reach, Shares, and Likes. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(12): e16927. doi: 10.2196/16927
- Hefler, M., Kerrigan, V., Freeman, B., Boot, G.R. & Thomas, D.P. (2019). Using Facebook to reduce smoking along Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a participatory grounded action study. BMC Public Health, 19, 615. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6918-7
- Kerrigan, V., Herdman, R.M., Thomas, D.P., & Hefler, M. (2019). 'I still remember your post about buying smokes': a case study of a remote Aboriginal community-controlled health service using Facebook for tobacco control. Australian Journal of Primary Health. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY19008
- Hefler. M, Kerrigan, V., Henryks, J., Freeman, B. & Thomas, D.P. (2018). Social media and health information sharing among Australian Indigenous people. Health Promotion International, 34(4), 706-715. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day018