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Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal Launch!

8 August 2016


We are very excited to announce that Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal on HealthInfoNet is officially being launched today!
 
A new Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal has been launched as part of the Australian Government’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Programme. Produced by Edith Cowan University’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the portal is one of a suite of activities run by the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) of which the HealthInfoNet is a partner.
 
The online portal is the ‘go to’ place for TIS workers to access the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre (TISRIC). Developed by NBPU TIS, the TISRIC contains up to date information on current best practice for tackling indigenous smoking, along with a comprehensive collection of videos and programs, and workforce information such as conferences, jobs, courses and other events. The social media platforms provide an opportunity for the TIS member workers to network and support each other.
 
The new portal is located on the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (AIAODKC) web resource.  While it has been designed specifically for TIS workers, the main resources are free-to-access and can be used by anyone interested in or working in the area of smoking reduction (www.tacklingsmoking.org.au).
 
The NBPU TIS consortium is led by Ninti One Ltd, and includes the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra and the Smoking Research Institute at the University of Sydney. The main role of the consortium is to provide advice and support to the Tackling Indigenous Smoking workers in the implementation of effective strategies and programs to reduce the levels of smoking in their communities. The National Coordinator is Professor Tom Calma AO.
 
Tobacco smoking is the most preventable cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is a priority of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap.
 
Professor Tom Calma AO, National Coordinator Tackling Indigenous Smoking said ‘The TIS portal will be a valuable resource for the TIS grant recipients, to enable them to access relevant and current information on smoking cessation; and strategies and guides to help encourage people to not take up smoking. It’s all about sharing and learning’.

 

Accessing the portal
 
You can visit http://www.tacklingsmoking.org.au/ to access the new portal. We encourage you to get familiar with the homepage of the portal, as that will be your ‘hub’ for accessing all of the resources and information provided, including the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource Information Centre (TISRIC).
 
Once familiarised with the homepage, then we’d encourage you to have a read about what the TISRIC is, and how it can help you in your TIS work, by clicking on the ‘About the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre’ button on the homepage.
 
You’re now ready to check out the TISRIC by using the navigational menu on the right hand side of the portal, or the buttons at the bottom of the homepage. Different parts of the TISRIC will be relevant to you depending on what stage of your TIS activities you’re up to, however we’d generally advise starting with the ‘Planning’ section first, then onto ‘Activities that work’ (checking out some of the resources on the ‘Resources that work page as you go), and then lastly onto ‘Does your program’ work?. You might not need to be familiar with all of these sections right now, but it’s good to have a general idea of what’s in each section so you know what information to look for in the TISRIC when you start on a new phase of your activities.
 
Lastly, there’s also a workforce section which contains information about jobs, funding opportunities and organisations, as well as an events section which lists information about upcoming conferences, workshops and symposiums. The team from the HealthInfoNet is very happy to share your information in the workforce section, so if you’d like to share a TIS-related job, or some information about tobacco events, then please get in touch with them.
 
If you’d like to, we also encourage you to join the TIS Yarning Place, located on the HealthInfoNet. This Yarning Place has been developed specifically for you, the TIS Workers, as a place to yarn and share information. You can sign up via the link on the Workforce information page, which also contains a link to a Yarning Place guide, which will show you how to sign up, join the TIS Yarning Place, and post content.’
 
 
For any assistance:
 
Kathy Ride, Research Team Leader
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Edith Cowan University
Ph: (08) 9370 6336
Em: aodknowledgecentre@healthinfonet.org.au
Desley Thompson, Manager
NBPU TIS
PH: 1800 282 624 (tollfree)
EM: info@tacklingindigenoussmoking.com.au
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