Addressing commercial tobacco use among Aboriginal people: the Australian experience

On Friday, June 3, 2016, CAMH Addiction Rounds presented a webinar: "Addressing commercial tobacco use among Aboriginal people: the Australian experience."

Learning objectives:

  • To recognise the diversity of Indigenous people and acknowledge everyday challenges to making a successful quit attempt, specifically the influence of social networks and social norms.
  • To explain a research study aimed at explicating commercial tobacco use among Aboriginal people in Australia (Australia’s First Peoples), while recognising some similarities and differences in commercial tobacco use among First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Canada.
  • To recognise the importance of providing opportunities and supports to assist all individuals who use commercial tobacco to make a quit attempt.
  • To identify key research findings and recommendations that have been implemented into commercial tobacco control programs and policies in Australia.

Watch the webinar recording here.


Dr. Raglan Maddox Ph.D, MPH, BSc
Postdoctoral Fellow, Well Living House, Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH), Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Canada
Visiting Fellow, University of Canberra, Australia
Endeavour Executive Fellow, University of Oxford, England

Dr. Raglan Maddox Ph.D, MPH, BSc (Modewa Clan, Papua New Guinea) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Well Living House, St. Michael's Hospital with a public health background and a variety of experiences and roles in Australia, Canada and abroad. This includes working on the development, implementation and review of Australia’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking program; lecturing on public health and Indigenous studies; working at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; and volunteering as a Health Promotion Field Officer at the Columbia Asia Medical Centre in Miri, Malaysia.

Raglan’s program of research has predominantly explored commercial tobacco use among Indigenous people, including evaluating the Australian Capital Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tobacco Control Strategy and exploring the influence of social networks on tobacco behaviours. His work and research in the community have helped to evaluate, inform and improve health programs at the grass roots level.

Addictions Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.