Decision made to go smoke free
IT WAS a big decision and a long time coming.
Junaa Buwa! Mission Australia has implemented a smoke free policy.
Meaning 'a safe place to change', Junaa Buwa!'s new policy achievement has been acknowledged by the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) in the recent Quality Awards as a winner in the category of "Working in a Team".
Mission Australia has been working closely with MNCLHD Health Promotion Team to establish and progress this initiative, Cancer Council MNC Regional Office and MNC Division of General Practice.
"The process of going tobacco free has provided a life changing experience for both residents and staff," Services Manager Carolyn Heise Services Manager said.
Junaa Buwa! is a 12 week alcohol and other drug residential service for at risk young people aged 13-18 years.
The majority of clients who are referred by Juvenile Justice are from rural N.S.W presenting with an array of complex needs such as mental distress, substance misuse, disengagement from education and offending behaviour.
More than 80% of those young people identify as current smokers at time of assessment for entry into the program.
"The purpose of going 'Smoke Free' was to support young people to remain abstinent from tobacco and other substances such as cannabis for the duration of the program," Carolyn said.
For some of the residents this would be the 'first' time ever that they had experienced a smoke free environment.