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NBPU TIS: Update 16
29 July 2016

Victoria and Tasmania
Jurisdictional Workshop

The NBPU has successfully hosted a second jurisdictional workshop.  On Wednesday 27th July, 50 people attended the combined Victoria and Tasmania workshop at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association League (VACSAL) in beautiful Melbourne.  Majority of attendees were workers from the TIS-funded organisations with others from Quit Victoria, Quit Tasmania and a couple of staff from the Department of Health.

The workshop showcased the fantastic work each of the organisations is doing in their regions and it was it was also a great occasion to share ideas amongst the group.  The workshop also gave opportunity for everyone to meet the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Quitline workers and to be able to put the face to the names (or voices in this case).

After our surprise visit from Betty Bingo, which gave everyone a bit of fun time, it was down to work examining the data collection methods – the sample size, ethics, pros and cons of each method and basic tips on how to get the best out of a particular method and its associated indicator.  We also work-shopped how to define indicators which included the different scenarios that can be used, we discussed the measures relating to the National Indicators and gave some examples from existing practices.  Participants had some really wonderful ideas.  

All in all, participants’ feedback about the workshop has been very positive with comments that the workshop gave them a better understanding of what they’re measuring and things were much clearer now. 


Training - Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Quitskills

Over recent weeks, the NBPU TIS has been contacting organisations regarding their training needs within the TIS team.  From this feedback, the most wanted training for the TIS Teams were Monitoring & Evaluation and Quitskills.  So, at the moment, Kelly Franklin (the NBPU TIS Administrative Support Officer) has been contacting organisations to co-ordinate dates for the M&E workshop to occur.  It is hoped that these workshops will take place on site to emphasis individual organisational needs and all the workshops are designed to be ‘hands-on’ using the local action plans and local examples.

Steve Fisher and the team will facilitate these workshops and where possible, Penny Upton from the University of Canberra will provide assistance.
In terms of the Quitskills Training, Desley Thompson (NBPU TIS Manager) will be meeting with the Cancer Council SA to discuss the idea of mapping out a plan for all Grant Recipients to have Quitskills training and of course, work out who may need a refresher course.
If there’s any other type of training you and/or the TIS team may need that would assist in your position and you haven’t already talked to the NBPU about, please do not hesitate to contact Desley at the NBPU to advise her.

Vacancies at NBPU TIS

The National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) supports regional tobacco grant recipients across Australia in their efforts to reduce the rates of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Reporting to the Manager NBPU TIS, these positions play a pivotal role in connecting regional grant recipients with the support available from the NBPU TIS. The key responsibilities of these Adelaide based roles are:-

  • supporting the Manager NBPU TIS to manage and deliver NBPU TIS activities;  
  • identifying, developing and delivering evidence based support to regional grant recipients; 
  • assisting to develop and deliver NBPU TIS action and engagement plans;  
  • organising and participating in frequent regional and national workshops; 
  • proactively maintaining, developing and enhancing strong ongoing relationships with a wide range of NBPU TIS stakeholders.

Preferably with appropriate formal qualifications or relevant practical experience in community development and/or health promotion, the successful candidates will have strong cross-cultural skills, excellent project management and administrative skills and the capacity to work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders. Sound knowledge of the cultural, political, economic and social issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is essential, as are effective written and verbal communication skills.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. Extensive intra and interstate travel will be a necessary part of the role.
For a job and person specification, please visit and for further information on our client, please visit  Applications in Word format only should be forwarded to Justin Hinora by email to Telephone enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Desley Thompson.

Desley Thompson, Manager

PH: 08 8211 0430

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