About Us


The Mid North Coast and North Coast of NSW historically has the highest prevalence of Aboriginal smokers in NSW (59.5%). Aboriginal smokers commonly fall into a hard-to-treat category due to their early onset of smoking, high cigarette consumption, living with other smokers in households that are not smoke-free, having made few previous quit attempts and being in a low socioeconomic group.  

Key Staff

Dr Gillian Gould is the medical director for the project and responsible for the overall vision and design of the interventions and the evaluation and research.

Sandra Avuri and Amy Crowe are the project officers.

Dr Craig McLachlan is the evaluation officer.

Purpose and Aims

The overall purpose of the No Smokes North Coast, Blow Away the Smokes Project is to minimize the harmful impact of tobacco smoking on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal People on the Mid and North Coast of NSW.
The project aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking
  • Promote a smoke free environment
  • Support a culture of non-smoking in Aboriginal communities
  • Equip Aboriginal people with necessary skills, resources and support to commence harm reduction and smoking cessation

Interventions will be aimed at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.


Read More: Project Activities & Main Objectives


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