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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2723 ..


Recruitment completed

Number of Youth Workers employed

September 2020

4

March 2021

9

June 2021

12

3. One Youth Worker has since left following the recruitment round held in June 2021. All other Youth Workers remain employed at Bimberi.


Health—nicotine addiction(Question No 414)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 August 2021:

(1) What measures has the ACT Government implemented to address nicotine addiction in the Territory.

(2) Can the Minister provide a list of services and organisations, both public and private, in the ACT that support Canberrans in overcoming nicotine addiction.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1)

The ACT Government is committed to investing in evidence based and practice informed harm minimisation approaches to tobacco. The Government’s investment in overcoming nicotine addiction is guided by the Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020-2025 (Preventive Health Plan) and the ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan 2018 2021 (DSAP). This investment continues our success in reducing smoking rates in the ACT, from 18.4 per cent in 2001 to 8.2 per cent in 2019.

The Preventive Health Plan guides the Government’s investment through the Healthy Canberra Grants program and has invested $1,133,074 (from 2019-20 to 2022-23) to reduce the impact of tobacco use in our community.

These grants support goals outlined in the DSAP, including to reduce smoking rates among high-risk population groups such as pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, youth and people who use alcohol and other drugs.

The ACT Government also delivers programs and services directly and in partnership with community organisations to reduce the impact of tobacco in the community, including:

People who smoke tobacco/are currently quitting/are planning to quit are able to access Quitline telephone counselling services, information, advice and support and cessation resources (Quit packs).

The clients of ACT drug treatment services are provided with access to free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).


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