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NBPU TIS Update: 5:5

07 July 2020


New review finds declines in tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population with self-determination and leadership critical to reducing tobacco use further 

taken from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet 

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has published a new Review of tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The review was led by Ms. Emily Colonna and Associate Professor Ray Lovett of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the Australian National University. The review shows substantial progress has been made, with significant reductions in tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and that further reductions are achievable. To accomplish this will require Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guidance and leadership in legislation and policies; social marketing; comprehensive programs; and research and evaluation.

The review is accompanied by a summary, a fact sheet of key findings, and a video of the key findings.

To read more click here - Continued Deadly Progress: New review finds declines in tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population with self-determination and leadership critical to reducing tobacco use further




We have added Quitline TAS resources How to quit or cut down your smokes which are for health professionals to write down their Aboriginal client's Quit Plan, medications, and support group information.

It can be found under Resources to support your activities (Quitline)

The 2020 Queensland Jurisdictional Workshop presentations are now available from the TIS website at



Please note the change of dates for the next performance reports as follows-
  • 31st August 2020 - report due to NBPU for comment (please send to - 
  • 14th September 2020 - report due back from NBPU
  • 30th September 2020 - report due for submission to FAM


Haven't joined yet?....make sure you link up with a great network of TIS workers.  Safely share ideas on what's working and what's not and seek advice and feedback.

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Story authored by Kurt McIntosh from Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

Men's Fishing and Yarning

The men's fishing program was TIS member Brent Walker's creation.  He loves fishing so he decided to create a men's fishing and yarning group to engage young men, fathers, uncles, and grandfathers who may be smokers that want to quit.  This was created to support those men who may feel intimidated by being involved in a normal support group setting.  We do day trips on certain days with a minibus or two 4WD to various fishing locations around town and provide lunch and just have a general yarn with men involved but also do it in a holistic health-based way to meet our KPI's and have better outcomes for the people in our community.

Drumbeat Program

The Drumbeat program was an idea I had in early 2019 for the TIS men from our team to attend a Drumbeat training class in Perth.  After COVID-19 restrictions relaxed we started to make a move to create our own genuine TIS Drumbeat program that we can take on the road and have anywhere at any time.  We have developed programs and sessions that educate participants around smoking and vaping.  We have a master drummer who is refreshing our skills in drumming and is also acting as a mentor.  He will be co-facilitating a few 'away' Drumbeat trips and then the will continue on our own.  The program will run every Thursday night at the local PCYC.  They run a late-night program that feeds and keeps kids off the streets so we thought this would be a great opportunity to provide this fun and education program. 


Deadly Dirt Quiz 
I was asked to develop something exciting, colourful, and different, so the "Deadly Dirt Quiz" with remote control cars was developed.  This was developed with the youth in mind to help engage with them when providing smoking or vaping education when visiting schools in our region or at community events the team may attend.  We have six long banners that we use to close off an area where we set up the racing quiz game.  Here are the rules of the game-
  • 2 cars can race each other at the same time.
  • Each driver takes turns at answering smoking or vaping related questions before they can move forward.
  • Hula hoops are placed on a designated obstacle course.  In the hula hoops are round wooden disks that are numbered.  The facilitator of the game will read out the corresponding card number and the driver must answer correctly to move forward.  If he does not answer correctly the other driver may move forward and so on.
  • When you land on a number, you must flip over the disk to reveal another number so you can be asked a different question on the way back to the finish line.



Story authored by Zoe Ashby-Deering from WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt
The smoke-free messages certainly didn't take a back seat during the crazy COVID times.  The Wheatbelt team lead the following media campaigns even though the pandemic meant they were running on skeleton staff and resources were scarce.

Check out the great work the team has done...Thanks for sharing this info,Zoe!!
1.World No Tobacco Day we worked in partnership with the No More Ngamari, Wheatbelt Quit Smoking Program (WQSP) and Cancer Council of WA who are all members of the Wheatbelt Tobacco Control Network to develop a social campaign
  • Four posts which reached a total of 3,047 people.
  • The TIS team created a video around the key messages and this had the highest reach and engagement of 1,500.

2. Multipronged Drop That Smoke Campaign developed and ran three commercials (reach is to be confirmed)-
  • 17th May-27th May adverts run on Tonic TV (GP waiting rooms in York, Wagin, Northam, Merredin, and Beverly)
  • 29th May-13th July social media paid campaign (Wheatbelt wide)
  •  7th June-30th June television campaign on NITV (state-wide) and GWN 7 (Great Southern)
3.Wheatbelt Billboard Campaign
  • Boodjari Yorga's Billboards at Pithara, Kokeby, Baandee, Moorine Rock, Wyalkatchem, Wickepin, Meckering reached 285,252
  • Jan-June Drive Ngamari Free Billboard Southern Cross, Northam, Narrogin, Moora, and El Caballo reached 258,158
  • Ngamari Free Car Wrap - Western Wheatbelt (reach to be confirmed)
Keep up the great work guys!!!
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