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NBPU TIS: Update 25

31 October 2016

Community visits

Last week all NBPU Project Officers were out and about visiting our Grant Recipients.

Elaine's visits 

Elaine Treloar met with Tiffany, Jessica and Anshul, TIS Team at Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation on Monday the 24th October and then the next day with Wellington Aboriginal Corporation, Jay Forrester and Mick Dunn (absent from the photo). 

Left to right:  Tiffany Lynch, Jessica Ierace and Anshul Kaul and Jay Forrester

On Wednesday 26th October, Elaine visited Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service where she met with Adrian, Gail and Mick Dunn (absent from photo) and on Thursday 27th October was at Awakabal, Newcastle meeting with Ray and Rodney.

Left to right:  Adrian Harrington, Gail Turnbull, James Harrington and Ray Kelly and Rodney Smith

The purpose of these visits was to discuss how all the organisations are achieving their Action Plans goals and, of course, how the NBPU can assist them in doing so.  Training for staff needs and feedback were also asked of the team. 

Feedback from team members on the Portal were:  “it was a useful tool for the teams to utilise”, “all of the team members that I met with have memberships to the Portal but don’t access it on a regular basis” and “some sections of the Portal was a bit wordy and it takes some time to read”.

Kerry's visits 

Kerry Chowis visited six TIS Teams in the North Territory last week.  Sinon Cooney at Katherine West (Katherine), Chris Cookson and Amanda Ngalini at Sunrise Health Service (Katherine), Karina Kassman at Danila Dilba (Darwin), Jaryd Grant at Anyinginyi (Tennant Creek), Jenna Pauli at Congress (Alice Springs) and Karen Kairupan at Ngaanyatjarra (Alice Springs).

Left to right: Chris Cookson, Jenna Pauli Karen Kairupan

Kerry spoke at great lengths with each of the organisations.  Discussions included Action Plans and generally how they felt the program is progressing against each activity in the Action Plan.  There were some great ideas around the need for a remote workshop and some training that would be useful to the workers.  The teams wanted the NBPU to send regular updates on training events that’s happening around the country and any information about on new resources that’s out there that can be shared. 
Great to see the TIS teams conducting training workshops themselves.  For example the training around the connection of Commicare and TIS program information for staff.  Excellent idea. 
Kerry and team members thought it would be a good idea to have regular meetings with others in the NT to share information on the areas covered and program information.  The NBPU will look at getting this implemented.

Deb's visits

Deb Reichelt caught up with the TIS Team in Dandenong.  With general discussions around their Action Plan, in particular each of the Performance Indicators and how their measuring change against each of them.  Other points of discussion was how they’re evaluating (quantitative and qualitative) data and how they’re displaying these results. 
This team has been working together for quite a while now and they’ve made great connections through the Bunurong Health Service.  Another great activity they’re using, particularly targeting the younger ones, is their social media campaign – Kick the Butt.  Check out the details at:

Left to right:  Pushpa Austin, Tristan Williams, Belinda Sagaidak, Christopher Tsagaris (coordinator) and  Laura Thompson (coordinator), Sarah Sheridan
Deb Reichelt met with Laura and Sarah at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Co-operative in Preston, Melbourne where they had a great conversation about what published research is out there they can refer to and how they can feedback the data that they’ve captured.  The time was also spent discussing their staff capacity and how successful they’ve been with community partnerships.

The VAHS Tackling Tobacco team have identified four (4) Aboriginal organisations to work with them to implement smoke free policies and they’ll also continue to maintain their successful connection they have with the Fitzroy Stars Football group.  This group has become the only team in the league to implement a smoke free policy and smoke free zones. 

The VAHS Tackling Tobacco team are also working with the children at a couple of the local childcare centres.  The children there are well versed in the smoking cessation messages such as “you smoke you choke”. All kids recognise Deadly Dan the smoke free super hero and have smoke free zone plates made by them in their homes.


Left to right:  Khristee Willis, Meg Walsh, Lee Seymour (coordinator), Judy Clark (Absent)
Deb Reichelt also had a very productive meeting with the Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Incorporated (FIAAI).  FIAAI’s Tackling Tasmania’s Indigenous Smoking (TTIS) team located in Launceston, Khristee, Meg, Lee and Judy had a great discussion around the challenges they face in their positions particularly around travel versus the true job logistics.  They also talked about the importance of the Portal which they’ve found to be very useful, in particular, the sharing of information and resources with the other TIS Teams around Australia. 

The TTIS team has a great program planned which is a Tasmania-wide initiative.  The aim of the program is to contribute to closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes across Tasmania, by reducing tobacco smoking as the most significant risk factor for chronic disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The program assists in reducing the use of tobacco and raising awareness of the health impacts of smoking.
  • Reducing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who take up smoking, including the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who take up smoking.
  • Increase the understanding and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the impacts of exposure to environmental and secondary tobacco smoke.
  • The team implements a range of community-based programs with the focus being smoking cessation.
  • Supports activities which are tailored to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • To date, the priority has been to conduct and/or participate in community events and focus on tobacco cessation health promotion – providing information and building relationships.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal

Today we’d like to highlight some new content that we’ve added to the Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal.

In Resources that work, Tools and resources to support activities that work, we’ve added new resources for three sections.

Under the Smoke-free heading, you’ll find some new resources for running smoke-free events:

Under the Social media and social networking heading you’ll find some new resources for using social media effectively:

Under the Using physical activity to enhance quit rates heading, you’ll find some new resources for utilising physical activity as a tool to help clients to quit smoking:

We encourage you to get on the portal and check out these new resources.

Important notice about the TIS Yarning Place: We’ve heard reports that some users are having trouble posting on the Yarning Place when using Internet Explorer. If you are having trouble posting a new topic or replying to a topic on the Yarning Board, then try logging in using another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox. If you switch browsers and are still having trouble then please get in touch with Millie, the TIS Yarning Place Coordinator:

Congratulations to VAHS!

It was a wonderful surprise to hear that VAHS was a finalist from 90 other nominees in the Children’s Health and Wellbeing Program category and was selected for the Ministers Award for their COACH (early years program). 

Survey Monkey

Over the next couple of days the NBPU will be sending out a Survey Monkey to get your feedback on the NBPU.  Please keep an eye out for this and please take the time to complete this survey.

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