What does NBPU TIS do?

The National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) has been established to provide tailored support to organisations funded under the national Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program.

The NBPU TIS can assist organisations with TIS-related matters, such as:

  • accessing research, information and resources on population health promotion and tobacco control
  • developing Activity Work Plans for TIS activities
  • developing local measures and monitoring the impact of TIS activities
  • accessing relevant training and networking opportunities.

The NBPU TIS is not expected to assist with organisational matters such as business administration or governance.

Who is the NBPU TIS?

NBPU TIS is a consortium led by Ninti One Ltd and includes the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra, and the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet based at Edith Cowan University.

This flowchart demonstrates the NBPU TIS structure.

Who is the NBPU TIS Advisory Group?

The NBPU TIS Advisory Group provides strategic advice to the NBPU TIS in relation to:

  • evaluation and synthesis of the evidence supporting best practice in tobacco control and health promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • development of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre (TISRIC)
  • effective engagement with grant recipients
  • the NBPU TIS meeting its objectives.

Membership of the Advisory Group comprises representatives from health organisations, the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, the primary health care sector, the tobacco control sector and more. The Chair is appointed by invitation.

The term of the NBPU TIS Advisory Group is from early 2016 until June 2018. Meetings are held at least three times per year. Summaries of the meetings are published as an Advisory Group Communique.

NBPU TIS stance on e-cigarettes

Australia takes a cautionary stance towards the use of e-cigarettes. This approach means prioritising the prevention of any possible harm to human health. The emerging evidence supports this approach since:
  • vaping (which is not harm free) is not better than existing (harm free) quit methods
  • vaping is popular with young people, is addictive, and can be harmful.

NBPU TIS strongly supports this stance on e-cigarettes. Use of e-cigarettes should not be encouraged, but can be used as a point of discussion around the available best practice quit methods, including cold turkey, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), other prescription medications such as Champix, and quit smoking counselling. We know that these evidence-based methods are effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers wanting to quit, and that the population health promotion work carried out as part of the TIS program is helping to reduce smoking rates in communities.

Read more about e-cigarettes.