‘Imagine if I gave up smoking ...’: a qualitative exploration of Aboriginal participants’ perspectives of a self-management pilot training intervention
Harvey, Peter William
Battersby, Malcolm Wayne
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This paper reports on a pilot qualitative study investigating Aboriginal participants’ perspectives of the Flinders Living Well Smoke Free (LWSF) “training intervention”. Health workers nationally have been trained in this program, which offers a self-management approach to reducing smoking among Aboriginal clients. A component of the training involves Aboriginal clients volunteering their time in a mock care planning session providing the health workers with an opportunity to practise their newly acquired skills. During this simulation the volunteer clients receive one condensed session of the LWSF intervention imitating how the training will be implemented when the health workers have completed the training. For the purpose of this study ten Aboriginal clients who had been volunteers in the mock care planning process, underwent a semi-structured interview at seven sites in Australia, including mainstream health services, Aboriginal Medical Services and remote Aboriginal communities. The study aimed to gauge their perspectives of the training intervention they experienced. Early indications suggest that Aboriginal volunteer clients responded positively to the process, with many reporting substantial health behaviour change or plans to make changes since taking part in this mock care planning exercise. Enablers of the intervention are discussed along with factors to be considered in the training program.