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NBPU TIS: Update 29

22 December 2016

The National Best Practice Unit would like to thank everyone for their involvement in 2016.  When you really think about it, the transition over from the old TIS programme to the new TIS Programme really has been a whirlwind.  Everyone has been fantastic in learning how to transition and working well in the changeover in this short period of time.  It’s quite impressive.  
The NBPU was kept busy too.  We hosted a number of workshops throughout 2016; the National workshop, several jurisdictional workshops and individual team workshops right across the country.  Throughout the year, we’ve had contact with Grant Recipients over 2,143 times and I think we’ve satisfactorily answered all enquiries.  We’ve developed a fantastic avenue to access resources and information through the TIS Portal that has received some great feedback from workers, and we’ve established other ways of sharing through our social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and of course, our website.  The most important resource here for the NBPU, is the  team that makes it all happen.  Yes we have the amazing workers in the Adelaide office, but it’s much more than that.  The entire team is made up of a number of people from across the country.  These incredible people are the Project Director and Co-ordinator, the Consortium Partners, the Advisory Group members, the National Co-ordinator and our extended family at CIRCA and the Department, both Central and State office staff.  Everyone’s contribution has been amazing.
Planning has already commenced for an even bigger year for 2017.  We’ll have our usual workshops with the possibility of a Remote Servicing workshop and Team Leaders workshop happening, plus this year we’re excited to have Associate Professor Renee Bittoun from the Smoking Research Unit at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney deliver a number of webinars and three day training sessions for TIS workers around the country.  We’ll also make some slight upgrades to the Portal and continue to add some great resources.  We’ll have some more targeted training for TIS workers and we’ll have a robust plan in providing that one-on-one support to all our Grant Recipients.
In closing, the NBPU would like wish everyone a relaxing and safe holiday and we look forward to working with you all in 2017.   

Community Visits

Desley and Elaine had a great visit to Awabakal in Newcastle earlier this month.  There were some good discussions around  their Action Plan and how they're travelling with their activities and of course, how the National Best Practice Unit can assist or support them in achieving their activity goals.  We also had a quick yarn about the Portal and some of the resources available that might come in handy for their work. The TIS Team is taking advantage of the 2017 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game being held in Newcastle in February too and have planned some fantastic health awareness campaigns.  It's good to hear the players will be re-enforcing the message about smoking whilst there too. Very busy, but exciting times for Awabakal TIS team. 

L-R: Toni Johnston and Toni Manton

New to the portal

Today we’d like to highlight some new content that we’ve added to the Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal.

In the Tools and resources to support activities that work section, under smoke-free, we’ve added some new resources to smoke-free workplaces:

In the counselling section we’ve also added a cost calculator, which you might like to use with smokers to help them realise the financial cost of their smoking:

There has also been some great discussion going on in the TIS Yarning Place, with topics discussed so far including:

  • E-cigarettes (including other smoking paraphernalia such as water pipes)
  • GR Facebook pages
  • Website and resource sharing
  • Event surveys
  • and Communicare and MMEX.

We’d encourage you to get on the Yarning Places and see what other GRs have to say, or post a topic yourself if you’d like a question answered or to share some information. If you have any questions about the Yarning Place please contact the Yarning Place Coordinator, Millie, at

Lastly, we’d like to wish all the GR's a very happy festive season, and note that it’s been a pleasure to be hosting a portal for you. We look forward to continuing to work on a product that meets your needs in the New Year. Best wishes from the team at the HealthInfoNet.

New appointment for Gippsland

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the appointment of Paul Patten as the new Regional Coordinator at the Gippsland Tobacco Action & Healthy Lifestyle Team in Lakes Entrance.
Paul has been acting in the role since the resignation of Leanne Stedman this year. Congratulations!

Congratulations Danila Dilba

Congratulations to Danila Dilba in Darwin NT on their 25 years of service, founded in November 1991 to provide culturally appropriate Primary Health Care to Aboriginal people.  

They have grown in size from eight staff in one building to five clinics over the 25 years a significant achievement with a staff of more than 130 providing service delivery to almost 12,000 clients now in 2016.

In the Larrakia language Danila Dilba means ‘dilly bag used to collect bush medicines’ and Biluru Butji Binnilutlum means ‘Aboriginal people getting better from sickness’.

Once again, congratulations!

What’s Your Story, Cape York?

The Apunipima TIS Team launched their Facebook Page “What’s Your Story, Cape York?” ( for Cape York communities last week.

It has been developed to raise awareness about the risks of tobacco smoking, risks associated with passive smoking and to promote the benefits of quitting smoking, smoke-free environments and to promote a range of other appropriate healthy lifestyle messages, including encouraging people to have a health check.
An initiative of the Cape York campaign is to develop local ‘Don’t Make Smokes Your Story’ resources using images of role models and local champions to communicate positive and encouraging key messages. The resources developed will include video clips, interviews and posters, which will be posted on the Apunipima TIS Facebook page and promoted through community groups and at community events.

Quitline hours

The festive season can be a particularly hard time for someone who is wanting to change their smoking behavior. Xmas parties, socializing with friends and family, and over-indulging can often see good intentions going awry.

Research has shown that counseling support plays an integral part in a person’s quitting journey. The various Quitlines around Australia are there to support smokers during this time. Each counselor is highly qualified and empathetic to the client’s situation. The Quitlines also have Aboriginal counselors available.

Although opening hours may vary across Australia, each service allows clients to leave a message after –hours to request a call back. The hours for Quitlines this festive season are:

SA, NT & WA:                                   
  • 24th– 27th Dec  closed
  • 28th – 30th Dec  8:30am - 9pm
  • 31st Dec 2pm - 5pm
  • 2nd Jan closed
  • Closed public holidays
  • 28th-30th Dec 8am – 8pm
  • Public holidays & weekends 9am – 5pm
  • All other days 7am – 10pm
  • 26th – 27th Dec closed
  • 28th – 29th Dec 9am – 5pm
  • 30th Dec 9am – 2:30pm
  • 2nd Jan closed
  • 25th Dec closed
  • All other days 7am – 10pm

Quitting Methods and what to expect over the holiday season

There are many different strategies to help people quit. The sections below might help you find the best quitting strategy for your situation:
My QuitBuddy is a mobile phone app that is designed to support and encourage you on your journey to becoming smoke free.  It is available free for download from the App StoreGoogle Play and the Windows Store.
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