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NBPU TIS: Update 2:4

9 March 2017

Visit to Darwin

NBPU TIS Manager, Desley Thompson was in Darwin last week where she visited the team at Danila Dilba.  Desley had a great discussion with TIS Team Leader, Karina Kassman about their planned activities from their Action Plan. The Danila Dilba Tacking Tobacco program has always taken the integrated program approach to reduce the uptake and increase cessation of tobacco use.  And this is highlighted through the tailored education sessions they’re delivering to families and community groups in the region.  They have really good collaborations with a number of other agencies and a robust referral system that greatly benefits the communities they service. 

Danila Dilba works within the greater Darwin community.

Whilst in Darwin, Desley also visited the peak body for Aboriginal community-controlled health services in the Northern Territory, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT).  Desley met with Erin and Sharon from AMSANT, as well as Letisha, from the Cancer Council SA, the new Quitline worker based at the AMSANT office.  It was an excellent opportunity to reinforce the necessity to work together plus continue to share ideas and resources where possible.  Together the group derived some fantastic ideas that will truly benefit our organisations in the NT.  Some great work coming out of AMSANT and the NBPU is appreciative of the opportunity to work with them. 

Check out the AMSANT website:

Jurisdictional Workshops

The first Jurisdictional Workshop for this year is fast approaching.  The NBPU TIS will host the Victoria and Tasmania TIS Jurisdictional workshop in Melbourne at the Mantra Bell City on Wednesday 29th March 2017. Similarly to last year, a working group made up of a representative from each TIS-funded organisation for that particular State/Territory is formed to ensure local input into the decision of location, venue plus development of the program. 
The Jurisdictional Workshops aim to:

  • provide a place for sharing evidence and best practices
  • assist in developing strategies for adaption at local and/or regional levels
  • resolving implementation challenges
  • enhance support, collaborations, network building and communications with other organisations
  • providing training and tools to assist in programme delivery

The NBPU TIS strongly encourage all participants to attend all sessions of these workshops. 

TIS Portal

This is a reminder about using the TIS portal to advertise your events and job vacancies.

On the TIS portal in the Workforce information section there’s a section specifically for TIS-related jobs.

On the portal is also an Events section, where you can find training opportunities, conferences, local events and more.

We know that there’s still a few GR organisations that are trying to recruit TIS staff, so we’d encourage you to get in touch with us here if you’d like to advertise a vacancy. We’d also love to promote your local events, so again get in touch with us if you have anything to contribute.

All of this information you provide us is also promoted through the NBPU TIS Twitter page, which you should check out, and follow if you aren’t already!

Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation Workshop

The National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking and the Smoking Research Unit at the Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney is proud to present the Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation workshop conducted by A. Prof Renee Bittoun (Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Smoking Cessation) who has many of experience in clinical practice and professional training regarding smoking cessation. 
This course is suitable for people who work in healthcare and public health, but is particularly targeted at Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) workers.  TIS Workers will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation to assist you in your work as Tackling Indigenous Smoking workers.   

Topics covered:
Causes, consequences, treatment and research of smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and appropriate evidence based smoking cessation techniques in practical application. Our aim is to improve the implementation and evaluation of programs in Smoking Cessation. 
This 3 Day course will include USB stick with course materials and a certificate of attendance will be awarded to everyone who attends all sessions.
Please see following the dates and locations of the workshops:

  • Brisbane on 4-6 April 2017
  • Alice Springs on  6-8 June 2017
  • Perth on 25-27 July 2017
  • Canberra on 5-7 September 2017
  • Melbourne on 10-12 October 2017

If you’re interested in attending any of these workshops, please contact the NBPU for a Registration Form. 

QLD Visits

Last week, NBPU TIS Project Officer, Kerry Chowis visited Jenny-Lee, the Carbal TIS Coordinator and Melissa, Warwick TIS Coordinator in Toowoomba QLD. It was an informative meeting of sharing information and meeting the other staff in the service. Kerry’s was also given the opportunity to visit the different service locations in Toowoomba that Carbal have and was lucky to see firsthand some of the fantastic resources they’ve developed for client considering quitting smoking. One great resource was the Planning to Quit Package and the Planning to Quit Diary.  It was a great visit with gorgeous weather followed by a wonderful unexpected thank you email from the TIS Coordinators that was much appreciated. You can visit the Carbal website here.


Left (top and bottom): Jenney –Lee Car TIS Coordinator Toowoomba
and Melissa Chalmers TIS Coordinator Warwick
Right: Kerry Chowis and Lyndelle Beezley


Whilst in QLD, Kerry also visited North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (NCACCH) where she met with Sharelle, the TIS Program Manager and Lyndelle, the Quit Coach who deliver the “No Durri For this Murri’ program.
Kerry enjoyed meeting with all the staff at NCACCH and got to see the office before they move to their new office at Kawana – good luck with the move! The NCACCH is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.  They provide health services to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members residing in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region, an area totalling over 7000sq klms.  They deliver the TIS Program through a unique Brokerage Model.  Which works very well with the local communities. 

Thank you to all the staff that created a wonderful and welcoming environment for me.  You can visit the North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (NCACCH) website here.

Galambila Smoking Cessation Workshop

On the 22 February  2017, NBPU TIS Project Officer, Elaine Treloar attended a Smoking Cessation Workshop at Coffs Harbour facilitated by The Ready Mob Team, based out of Galambila Aboriginal Medical Service.

The Ready Mob are the Mid North Coast’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team based in Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Werin and were all in attendance.
There were also a number of other agencies in attendance: Mission Australia, Key Employment and NSW Health as well as a representative of the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Education Consultative Group - in total 19 participants. 

The Smoking  Cessation training was conducted by Associate Professor Dr Collin Mendelsohn who is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He helps people to quit smoking, teaches health professionals, writes articles on smoking and is involved in a range of other smoking-related projects. 
Participants found the day to be interactive, informative and beneficial to their work. Some of the topics covered  on the day included; the health effects of smoking, triggers, addiction and NRT.

The Ready Mob team kindly provided USB’s to everyone in attendance which had their television commercials and short info clips so that others can use the resource in the service waiting rooms and education sessions. 

Participants were also provided with resources and referral pads to the Get Healthy Service, Aboriginal Quitline and the Ready Mob Smoking Cessation Clinics located in Galambila Aboriginal Health Service, Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service and Werin Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre. Thanks for a great day to all involved!

Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Coorporation

Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is pleased to invite you to join us for Close the Gap Day on Thursday 16 March, 2017.
We are holding an open day here and inviting other organisations and departments to hold stalls.

Contact Kiarah Cuthbert, Health Promotion Officer Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation or 08 9172 0444 for more information .

New team member at Wirraka Maya HSAC

Welcome to Jodi Whitby  who has taken up a new role at Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Jodi tells us,  “I moved here from Geraldton at the start of February with my husband and 3 kids. I was part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) team at GRAMS (Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service).

I am happy to now be part of the TIS team here at Wirraka Maya and look forward to helping the Hedland community.”

We wish you all the best in your new role!


Lee Seymour, Team Leader for the Flinders Island TIS team based in Launceston, and his wife Kristen are proud to announce the arrival of twin girls born on January 31 2017.

Adelyn Victoria Seymour at 1:20am weighing 2.77kg and Eva Delphine Seymour at 1:23am weighing 2.57kg. Mum and Bubs x2 are doing well. The proud, sleep-deprived Dad returned to work last week.

SA Public Holiday

The NBPU TIS Adelaide office will be closed on Monday, 13 March 2017 for the Adelaide Cup Day public holiday. The team will be back on Tuesday!

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