National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018: Draft for consultation
5.5 Working in partnership
Reductions in smoking prevalence cannot be achieved by governments alone. A strength of the Australian approach to tobacco control has been the strong and enduring partnerships developed between governments, non government organisations and community groups to reduce the harm caused by smoking.
Under this draft Strategy, governments and non government organisations will:
- strengthen long standing partnership relationships;
- identify and form new partnerships in order to expand opportunities for tobacco control interventions within a range of health and community settings; and
- build the capacity of a range of organisations and health workers to implement tobacco control programs.
New partnerships will also need to be forged between health agencies, social service organisations, mental health care providers and corrections services, if people with multiple and complex needs are to be assisted to quit smoking and reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.21
Australia will continue to engage in international partnerships to maximise the effectiveness of global tobacco control efforts and to learn and share best practice approaches to reducing tobacco related harm.21 Australian health and law enforcement agencies and non government organisations will also continue to engage with developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, to provide assistance on tobacco control as needed. Under this draft Strategy, Australia will continue to actively engage in global tobacco control forums including the Conference of the Parties of the WHO FCTC.21
The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will continue to cooperate with their international counterparts and State and Territory governments to reduce the illicit trade in tobacco products.