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.