Objective: To investigate the effectiveness and cultural relevance of Quitskills training tailored for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted with data collected from 860 participants (54% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants) in tailored Quitskills training from 2012 to 2016. Course participants took part in a survey at pre-training, post-training and four-six weeks post-training to assess confidence in skills to address tobacco, and perceptions of the strengths, areas for improvement and cultural relevance of the training. Results: Confidence in skills and knowledge to address tobacco increased significantly from pre- to post-training (all indicators of confidence in skills increased p<0.001) and remained high at follow-up. Tailored Quitskills training was perceived as being culturally relevant by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants, and the training facilitators were the most commonly cited strength of the training. Conclusions: Quitskills is an appropriate course for increasing skills and confidence among health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke. Implications for public health: Training courses that are tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can build the capacity of the health workforce in a culturally relevant manner.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2019|
- Aboriginal Health Workers
- smoking cessation
- training program