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NBPU TIS: Update 23

7 October 2016

Jurisdictional workshops

The National Best Practice Unit (NBPU) Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) has been quite busy over the last two weeks.  The Unit hosted three Jurisdictional Workshops over this time – NSWs at Coogee Beach in Sydney, ACTs at Wunningu in Canberra and WAs in Fremantle.  Each of the workshops were participated by TIS workers who were eager to share their stories and network.  The stories demonstrated how well all of our organisations are making the transition from the old TIS Programme to the new programme.  Congratulations to everyone. There’s some really exciting work being done out there and I can’t wait to get these evaluated. 

The final workshop will be held on Wednesday 19th October, 2016 in Adelaide for the all TIS-funded organisations in South Australia.

Sydney workshop

Canberra workshop

Perth workshop

Measuring local change for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program (Monitoring and Evaluation) workshops have also been happening around the country.  The two-day workshop starts with introductory information on the principles of measurement for TIS, including definitions and methods. It then supports participants to understand what indicators are, define their own indicators (in addition to the five TIS indicators, if they choose to do so), identify or choose measures to report against all indicators, use effective methods to collect data, analyse and present it for reporting purposes. This option is intended for organisations whose TIS staff may be planning to measure local change without significant prior experience.
If you’ve already attended this workshop, we’ll soon be sending out an Evaluation Form to get your feedback on the workshop.  This should be sent out in the next few days.  As usual, the NBPU would like your honest opinion please. 

No Smokes workshop

On Thursday 29th October ‘No Smokes’ flip chart training was held at Apunapima Health Service in Weipa in far north Queensland. The training was facilitated by Debbie Reichelt (project officer WA, VIC and TAS) and Andy Bubb (Ninti One). A very diverse group of participants attended including tobacco action workers, health promotion officers, nurses, doctors, health workers, and podiatrists.

The training looks closely at historical links to tobacco, health effects, advertising and tobacco addiction. Attendees then practice using the ‘No Smokes’ flipchart as a resource for conducting a brief intervention with a client.

Attendees also looked closely at the ‘No Smokes’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. The website was explored and contains useful fact sheets, resources, stories, animations, videos and games.

Check out Watch this space for any information about upcoming training.

Project Officer updates

Congratulations Kerry!

Hi everyone some may be aware that in between the storms here in Adelaide on the 1st October I got married, someone was looking out for me,  as I had beautiful weather for the day.   I am now known as Kerry Chowis,  changed from Kerry Rogers. Thank you to all the well wishes from everyone.

Contact details:
  Kerry Chowis
Project Officer
Phone: 08 8211 0402
Mobile: 0476 852 669
  Elaine Treloar
Project Officer
Phone: 08 8211 0401
Mobile: 0472 815 922

  Debbie Reichelt
Project Officer
Phone: 08 8211 0404
Mobile: 0484 598 286


TIS Highlight

Events section of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Yarning Place

Hi GRs!

Today we’d like to highlight a section of the TIS Yarning Place, that you may not have seen, or had the opportunity to use yet, the Events section.

The Events section is a place for you to list any event that you’d like to advertise to other GRs, whether it be a training opportunity (like a Quitskills workshop) a local event or seminar. Staff from the NBPU will also be adding events to the TIS Yarning Place, but it’s hard for us to know what’s going on at a local level, so we encourage you to get on there and post up anything you think might be relevant.

To add an event, just click on the Events tab in the TIS Yarning Place, and click ‘Add Events’. You will then be taken to a page where you’ll need to give a little bit of information about the event, where it is, what time it’s on etc.

Once you’ve filled that information in, you just click ‘Save Changes’ and your event should now be listed!

At every jurisdictional workshop (except Qld), there would have been a TIS bag, with a Yarning Place guide in it, so you can refer to this if you’d like more information on using the Yarning Places, or you can access an online copy of that guide here .

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events in October are listed below:

11-10-2016   4th National Indigenous drug and alcohol conference Glenelg, South Australia
14-10-2016   Connecting Asthma Care Symposium Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Multiple dates   Quitskills Brief Intervention Training for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (Victoria) Multiple locations
19-10-2016   Tackling Indigenous smoking (TIS) workshop (SA) Adelaide, South Australia

For more visit the events page on the portal here.
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