Obtaining resources for evidence-based public health initiatives at the local level: insights from the Central Sydney Tobacco Control Plan

Chris Rissel, Kate McMaugh, Danny O'Connor, Angela Balafas, Jeanette Ward

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Abstract

Objective: In response to inquiries regarding the processes of developing a Tobacco Control Plan (TCP) for the Central Sydney Area Health Service (which in 1997 allocated dedicated funding of $800,000 over 2 1/2 years to implement the plan), this article describes the strengths and weaknesses of the TCP and outlines the process which contributed to its funding. Conclusions: Consistent with national and state priorities, the TCP recommended strategies based on best available evidence in the four action areas: reducing sales of cigarettes to minors, marketing, passive smoking and smoking cessation. Funding of this amount for a single public health issue at a local level represents a unique achievement in the application of an evidence-based approach to population health. Implications: Key elements of our advocacy methods included the involvement of all key primary health care and clinical stakeholders; comprehensive background research to identify evidence-based strategies; careful attention to budget options; strategic lobbying of senior staff and decision makers; the proposal for a multidisciplinary management structure for the TCP and specifications for funding allocation and evaluation. Early achievements and other reflections are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1999
Externally publishedYes

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