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NBPU TIS: Update 2:6

7 April 2016

Smoking and Smoking Cessation workshop

NBPU TIS Manager, Desley Thompson along with forty other people, predominantly TIS workers, attended the first of the Smoking and Smoking Cessation workshop in Brisbane delivered by  Adjunct Associate Professor Renee Bittoun. 
Participants travelled from afar to attend this three-day workshop.  This included TIS workers from Cape York communities, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Brisbane-based services, just to name a few.
Over the last couple of days attendees learnt about the basics of nicotine, the effects of nicotine on the brain, perinatal exposure to nicotine, withdrawals and how to deal with them and much much more. 
It's been great to hear the science behind Smoking and from this develop strategies on how to support clients with a more informed approach.

Spaces are still available in the upcoming workshops, for more information contact Kelly Franklin

VIC & TAS Jurisdictional Workshop

The NBPU hosted the very first Jurisdictional Workshop for 2017 in Melbourne last week on Wednesday 29th March.  
Always a great day for the NBPU staff to spend with TIS Grant Recipients from Victoria and Tasmania, departmental representatives and the National Co-ordinator all in the one room to discuss and address issues, provide training and generally network and share information.
The agenda was jam-packed with an update on the TIS program from National Co-ordinator Professor Calma, an update from VACCHO and the NBPU, a couple of workshop sessions from Steve Fisher, a valuable discussion around the local "best practices" and to top it all off, a Book Launch - more information about the book launch below!

VAHS Book Launch
‘Deadly Dan at the League’

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Healthy Lifestyle and Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team has developed children’s book addressing the high rates of tobacco use in the Aboriginal Community. The book, Deadly Dan at the League, launched on Wednesday (29th March) at the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Jurisdictional workshop in Melbourne. It will be distributed to early learning centres throughout the City of Darebin. 
Aboriginal Community members are 2.6 times more likely to smoke compared to non-Indigenous people. Deadly Dan the Smoke Free Man was created in response to these high rates of smoking. His catchy slogan “You Smoke You Choke” appeals to the book’s target audience children and young people. The book aims to empower children to become healthy lifestyle ambassadors within the Community to deliver messages to secondary audiences (parents, siblings, carers, and Community members). Local champions and significant places such as the Fitzroy Stars Football Netball Club and the Aboriginal Advancement League feature in the book giving the book a localised, cultural feel.
This book builds on a suite of Deadly Dan resources, including: a song and dance, a children’s colouring in book, bookmarks, t-shirts, capes/cloaks, and a Deadly Dan costume. This project also includes the design and purchase of a possum-skin cloak—a traditional Aboriginal storytelling heirloom (Pictured). For more information about this book contact the VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team 9403 3388.

For more information about this book contact the VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team 9403 3388.

Portal Updates

We wanted to show you how we’ve been working to make the TIS portal more visual and engaging.

In the Tools and resources to support activities that work, we’ve been going through and adding thumbnail images of each resource, so you can quickly assess whether or not that resource could be useful to you.

Here’s an example of how it’s looking now.

We hope that this will make this resources page more useful for you to navigate and use. If you have any feedback on this section, or any others on the TIS portal then please get in touch with Millie at

Aboriginal Men’s Health Expo event

The 2nd Aboriginal Men's Health Expo was held at various locations around Dubbo on the 20 - 24 February 2017.  The Quit B Fit TIS program first held an Aboriginal Men’s Health Expo in 2015.

The event invites Indigenous Men from across NSW and QLD to gather in Dubbo for a week of “Men’s Business” which includes culture, health, education and promotion as well as social activities within the program.

The TIS team engages with the audience in a culturally appropriate setting, allowing participants to gain educational support regarding the negative effects of tobacco smoke, providing participants to make informed choices regarding their smoking status.

The TIS team provided brief intervention to current smokers as well as referral pathways for participants wishing to engage in smoking cessation activities. 

For more information about the program contact (02) 6845 3545. 

Meet Sam from Quit TAS

My name is Sam Kluk and I work for Quit Tasmania as the Aboriginal Quitline counsellor.

I spent most of my youth growing up in Far North Queensland living in Kuranda, a small town with most of the population being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent. Seeing the affects that drugs and alcohol had to many of the youth in this community, I have always wanted to be involved in health promotion, and hopefully make a positive difference to many young people’s lives.

During my time at Quit I have done a lot of study and training relating to issues effecting Aboriginal people’s health.  Since starting at Quit Tasmania I now understand why many Aboriginal people are smoking and the illnesses directly related to smoking. I am hoping that through working at Quit Tasmania I will be able to support Tasmanian Aboriginal people to make changes to their smoking behaviour.

Looking forward to meeting and working with everyone
Warm regards Sam Kluk.

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research to be held in Brisbane in November 2017 is now open.

The theme for this year is "The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change". Co-hosted by NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute this year, the Symposium will present an outstanding opportunity to focus on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice. Further information(link is external).

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