A major new program will fight smoking among indigenous communities.
A major new program will fight smoking among indigenous communities.

Cafe will help Kooris quit smoking

A KOORI Quit Cafe will be set up on the Mid North Coast to help indigenous people quit smoking.

The idea is part of a new $700,000 program to be run by the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice.

Funding for the program, No Smokes North Coast, was announced last week by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.

And Division CEO Peter Spence said the new program will be a collaborative effort with Aboriginal Medical Services and the University of NSW’s Rural Clinical School.

“The program will provide a lot more capacity on the Mid North Coast to assist the indigenous community,” Mr Spence said.

Dr Gillian Gould from the Rural Clinical School’s Coffs Harbour campus will be the medical director for the program. Dr Gould has studied smoking cessation for many years and co-developed the Give Up the Smokes program with Galambila Aboriginal Health Service.



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