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Trends in cancer incidence and survival for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the Northern Territory

Robyn Hopkins and Kate A Dolan
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (1): 46. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01390

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  • Robyn Hopkins1,2
  • Kate A Dolan2

  • 1 Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services, Darwin, NT
  • 2 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Correspondence: robyn.hopkins@nt.gov.au

Competing interests:

Robyn Hopkins was the project manager of Smokefree NT prisons, and is working with the Menzies School of Health Research to review gaps in smoking pathways after prison release. Kate Dolan is the chief investigator on the SNAP randomised control trial.

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  • 2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Northern Territory population growth (Cat. No. 1362.7). Canberra: ABS; 2011. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/1362.7∼Mar+2011∼Main+Features∼Population?OpenDocument (accessed Nov 2016).
  • 3. Butler T, Stevens C. National Summit on Tobacco Smoking in Prisons: report on the summit. Perth: National Drug Research Institute; 2010. http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/pdf/publications/R247.pdf (accessed May 2017).
  • 4. Hefler M, Hopkins R, Thomas DP. Successes and unintended consequences of the Northern Territory’s smoke-free prisons policy: results from a process evaluation. Public Health Res Pract 2016; 26: e2621619.
  • 5. Clarke JG, Martin RA, Stein L, et al. Working Inside for Smoking Elimination (Project WISE) study design and rationale to prevent return to smoking after release from a smoke free prison. BMC Public Health 2011; 11: 767.

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