iSISTAQUIT: How your service can be involved

June 21, 2021

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 Aboriginal advisors. They are now offering two options for clinical staff participation: Option 1: Evaluation package. 1. self-paced online eLearning modules for health professionals (CPD points available – conditions apply) 2. hard copy educational resources...

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Smoking and Pregnancy Roundtable presentations now available

August 27, 2020

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 Tobacco Control Grant recipient organisations. Professor Calma said that he hoped that this Roundtable would enable people to share best practice and also to recognise that it is not just people who are part of...

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NBPU TIS – COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020

Hi everyone, The global COVID-19 pandemic means that this is an uncertain and stressful time for all of us. In these circumstances, it is important to rely on evidence-based actions and on information from reliable sources. The HealthInfoNet site has some useful links. It is important that we only reference official Australian sites and information and not rely on unofficial social media information or overseas strategies as they may be inaccurate or misleading. As a population health initiative, TIS workers will no longer be able to carry out the face to face activities you had planned for the coming months. This...

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Your new TIS Yarning Place has arrived. Join today!

March 17, 2020

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. Group members will be able to share resources, keep informed about upcoming TIS events, and share photos, videos and learnings afterwards. The National TIS Workers Facebook Yarning Group is just the latest in an existing...

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Bega Garnbirringu Health Service nominated for WA Young Achievers Award

June 6, 2018

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. While Bega were unsuccessful in winning the Award, it is a fantastic achievement to be nominated, and a testament to their hard work in tackling smoking in their region. Bega's certificate of achievement can be...

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MDAS and Mildura Central combine to promote smoke free message

May 29, 2018

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 a fantastic gesture by Mildura Central to allow us to use the bollards, free-of-charge to install the covers and get the message to around 4,000 people a day who come into Mildura Central.' The bollards,...

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