The ACT Vulnerable Youth: Reducing Chronic Disease Risk Factors Project was based on the recommendations of the Cancer Council ACT’s (CCACT) 2005 report to ACT Health – ACT Youth Smoking Prevention Project (ACT YSPP).
In 2003, CCACT was awarded funding for two-years by ACT Health to develop an effective and sustainable local strategy for youth smoking prevention. This research project resulted in the 45 recommendations made to ACT Health in the ACT YSPP.
In June 2006, funding was received from ACT Health to pursue the recommendations of the report around school-based youth smoking prevention interventions. This culminated in the development of the Youth Smoking Prevention and Cessation Resource Pack that was implemented in all ACT Secondary Schools in June 2007.
The Council was funded by ACT Health, in August 2007, for three years to conduct The ACT Vulnerable Youth: Reducing Chronic Disease Risk Factors Project. This funding was extended until 2011 as a result of workforce issues associated with engaging and retaining a project officer for the duration of the project. The project builds on the smoking prevention and cessation strategies developed through the ACT YSPP and expands them to incorporate strategies for non-school based youth. In recognition of the broader social determinants of health and risk factors for chronic disease, the strategies developed through the project incorporate health promotion messages and interventions around nutrition and physical activity.