Monthly Message from the
National Coordinator, Tom Calma
In this, my second Monthly Message (MM) I want to share with you two valuable resources.
I know that you have already received some information on the National Tobacco Campaign (NTC) in the last NBPU TIS update (21), but I wish to emphasise a few things:
- The NTC evaluation has just been completed and the research shows Don’t Make Smokes Your Story has done a great job encouraging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit. Nine per cent of the target audience quit smoking after seeing or hearing the campaign ads, and another 27 per cent reduced the amount of cigarettes they smoked! So, if you are looking for materials to help spread the quit smoking message in your region, you can use any of the campaign materials and even edit them to suit your communities—just complete this licence agreement and email it to email@example.com.
- The evaluation of the NTC will be released at a later date.
- I wish to acknowledge and thank those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations who participated in both the benchmark and the evaluation of the campaign. You contributed to the rigour of the research and will help the campaign to further reduce the smoking rates for our people:
- Butucarbin Aboriginal Corporation, Hebersham and Dubbo
- Bathurst Local Land Council, Bathurst
- Ngwala Willumbong, St Kilda
- Kurbingui Youth Development Association, Zillmer
- Gap Youth and Community Centre, Alice Springs
- The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, Milingimbi
- Balkanu, Cairns
- Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, Smithton
- Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, East Perth
- Tribal Warrior, Redfern
- Kura Yerlo Aboriginal Community Group, Largs Bay
- Mission Australia, Port Augusta
- Lake Tyers Health and Childrens Services, Lakes Entrance
- Bahloo Womens Youth Shelter
- IBN Aboriginal Corporation, Tom Price
- Bilya Noongar Organisation Inc, Mandurah
- Ghymarhl Corporation, Gladstone
- Nai-Beguta Agama Aboriginal Corporation, Bamaga
- WYDAC Learning Centre, Yuendumu
- Australian Red Cross, Port Augusta
- Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Bairnsdale.
The second resource that may be of value to you comes from the Department’s website and supports the message I have been delivering at the TIS workshops – the need for you to all collaborate and partner with other organisations to deliver your TIS activities. With the establishment of the Primary Health Networks (PHNs), the Department has compiled resources to assist PHNs to deliver in their priority areas of work (these six areas are mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, eHealth and aged care). Regarding the priority area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, there is a set of guiding principles for how PHNs and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) should work together, Primary Health Care Networks (PHNs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) Guiding Principles. It is found at:
Don't forget it is important to record the outcome of all partnership and collaboration attempts, so follow-ups or interventions can be initiated as appropriate.
On another matter, you may be interested to know that my Canberra colleagues in the Department are collecting and analysing State and Territory tobacco strategies/policies with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in order to gain a nation-wide picture and identify where gaps and duplications lie. As part of this process, the Department intends to engage with all the States and Territories through existing forums dedicated to Indigenous health and tobacco control. The aim is, of course, to work with and leverage off each other to improve policy consistency and optimise programme delivery and the targeting of resources. The NBPU will be kept informed of and included in this engagement process, and findings and results will be shared with TIS grant recipients.
That’s all folks…save for a reminder that for all TIS grant recipients, it is a contractual obligation to actively collaborate and work with the NBPU by among other things, attending national and jurisdictional workshops delivered by the NBPU.