Workplace Tobacco Management Project Research Findings (Evaluation) Report by Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
2. Project description
The alcohol, tobacco and other drug and mental health sector components of the Workplace Tobacco Management Project (WTMP) (the Project) were funded by the Health Promotions Unit, ACT Government Health Directorate under a Healthy Future – Preventative Health Program. The Project was undertaken from 31 May 2010 until 8 December 2011.
- The Project is guided by the broad goals of the:
- Healthy Future – Preventative Health Program, and
- ACT Government Health Directorate Smokefree Workplace Policy.
Project aimsThe aims of the Project were to:
- Support the development and implementation of Workplace Tobacco Management Policies
- Increase awareness of workplace tobacco management policies amongst staff
- Reduction harms associated with smoking behaviours for the staff in the pilot sites.
Pilot sitesThe participating sites in the pilot project are:
- Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)
- Karralika Therapeutic Community, Karralika Programs Inc. (Formerly Alcohol and Drug Foundation ACT)
- Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT)
- Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaM), Mental Health Foundation ACT
- STEPS, CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn
- Ted Noffs Foundation ACT
- The Rainbow, Mental Health Foundation ACT
- Womenʼs Information, Resources and Education on Drugs and Dependency (WIREDD), Toora Women Inc.
- Youth Coalition of the ACT
Project elementsA number of project elements were determined at the commencement of the project to guide the projectʼs progress. These included:
- Delineating the roles of the ATODA; MHCC ACT; and the Youth Coalition as Project partners.
- Establishing, developing and implementing governance structures for the Project.
- Communicating and providing information and resources to the pilot sites and stakeholders, about smoking attributes within the pilot sites and about elements of the ACT Government Health Directorate Smoke-Free Policy that sites needed to consider when developing and implementing their own policies.
- Assisting in the development of tailored work-plans for participating programs to support the development of workplace policies.
- Support participating programs and staff to implement their work-plans, including the implementation of tobacco management policies.
- Providing pilot sites with template policies for modification to the local context.
- Conducting monitoring and evaluation activities to measure critical factors and contribute to the evidence base.
- Providing regular reporting against agreed performance of the Project
Diagram 1: WTMP structure
Project target groups and stakeholdersWhile the pilot sites (primary target groups) were the focus of the Project, it was recognised from the outset that there were also other stakeholders with an interest in the Projectʼs progress. Pending the results; application of the Project methods and tools may have applicability across the broader sector (Secondary target groups). Stakeholders were also heavily involved to ensure two-way communication and dissemination.
Primary target groups
- Participating ATOD programs (pilot sites) and workers in these programs, as identified with ATODA.
- Participating mental health programs (pilot sites) and workers in these programs, as identified with the MHCC ACT.
- Participating youth programs (pilot sites) and workers in these programs, as identified with the Youth Coalition of the ACT.
Secondary target groupsThe organisations that deliver participating programs more broadly the ACT:
- ATOD sector
- Youth sector
- Mental health community sector
Other key stakeholders
- ACT Division of General Practice
- Alcohol and Drug Policy Unit, ACT Government Health Directorate
- Cancer Council ACT
- Health Promotions Unit, ACT Government Health Directorate
- Mental Health Policy Unit, ACT Government Health Directorate
- Pharmacy Guild of Australia (ACT)
GovernanceThe Project was guided by an Advisory Committee with Terms of Reference.
Committee meeting dates:
- 16th July 2010
- 30th September 2010
- 24th March 2011
- 25th July 2011
- 24th October 2011
EthicsThe research evaluation of the Project, including surveys, received ethics approval from the ACT Government Health Directorate Human Research Ethics Committee – ETHLR.10.313.
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