A paper released this month by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) has highlighted the positive impact that the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program is having on tobacco-related behaviours and attitudes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The study found that areas of Australia where the TIS program is present, compared to non-TIS areas, have a significantly lower prevalence of: smoking inside households […]
What is iSISTAQUIT? iSISTAQUIT (implement Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) is designed to increase health service capacity by providing best practice training in smoking cessation to healthcare workers who have contact with pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The iSISTAQUIT training and implementation package has been updated and is ready to launch! What’s new? The package has been co-developed with input from specialist […]
An Indigenous Smoking and Pregnancy Roundtable was held on 20 February 2020 in Canberra, ACT and was chaired by National Coordinator, Professor Tom Calma AO. The meeting brought together an invited group of academic researchers and service providers to consider current needs and future directions for addressing smoking in pregnancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers. Participants included representatives from a number of Regional […]
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The new Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Yarning Place has been officially launched. The National TIS Workers Yarning Group is a culturally-safe online community where TIS workers from across Australia can connect with their colleagues to share ideas about what’s working and what’s not, and seek advice and feedback. The group allows TIS workers to have dynamic, real-time conversations at any time and from any location. […]
Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, located in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia, were recently nominated for a West Australian (WA) Young Achievers Award. Bega were invited to submit their Hip Hop Project, developed as part of their Tackling Indigenous Smoking activities, as a nomination for the awards. The purpose of the Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people. […]
A partnership between Mildura Central Shopping Centre and Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) has brought about the installation of bright, new covers over the bollards delineating the smoke-free zone at the shopping centre entrances. ‘We thought it was a great opportunity to take the smoke-free message to the community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous,’ said Nathan Yates, MDAS Regional Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking. ‘It was […]
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