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NBPU TIS: Update 2:2

14 February 2017

Monitoring and Evaluation on the portal

The team from the NBPU have produced a new series of videos which cover things you might need to know when thinking about monitoring and evaluating your TIS activities.
These videos have been put on the TIS portal in the videos section, and we’d encourage you to check them out.

You might also spot a couple of new videos on using NRT as well as smoking and addiction under the categories ‘How to quit smoking’ and ‘Smoking related diseases’. If you think there’s any videos that should be on that page that we don’t currently have, then please get in touch with Millie at

Best wishes from the team at the HealthInfoNet

Awabakal All Stars game

A couple of the NBPU TIS staff  assisted the Awakabal TIS Team with the some great surveying last week at both the All Stars Interstate Challenge on Thursday, then at the big All Stars game on Friday.  As there were so many people that attended both events, there was a fair bit of information captured from a whole range of different people. It was quite interesting hearing some of the “smoking” stories first hand and this really hit home just how difficult it can be for some.  It truly was a great opportunity to get the message out on where people can access support whether it’s through their local TIS team, AMS, Quitline service or even Quit Buddy.  It was also very enlightening to know that there are a number of people out there that have quit smoking and haven’t smoked for a long time.  There are some great stories which I hope will get captured throughout the life of the TIS Programme.  Anyways, we now have a benchmark from this event, so let’s hope we can see a difference in the data for next year.  Congratulations to Awabakal for hosting such a great event and we look forward to the 2018’s All Stars game.   

Griffith TIS Team

L-R: Kylie and Tracey, Griffith AMS

Elaine caught up with Kylie and Tracey from Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service TIS team last week. They talked about the school program the team deliver to both primary and secondary schools in the Griffith local government area. 

Last year both ladies conducted a training session at the Junee Public School attended by approximately 25 year 5 students  aged between 11-12 years old.

The content of the training included;

  • Effects of smoking
  • Diseases from smoking
  • Chemicals in a smoke
  • Showed an informative DVD on smoking in Aboriginal communities – Question is asked at the beginning of the DVD “What is Addiction’ and at the end of the DVD, they ask the students  what they got out of the DVD.

The training session is very interactive, it includes the young people playing a game about Myths or Facts about smoking. They are required to stand in the room and when a question is asked they decide if the question is Myth or Fact. They then move in to the group they think has the correct answer -  gradually they students are eliminated out of the game from incorrect answer.  The winner at the end of the game are given USB or a resource from the TIS program.

The group also has some fun with a role play of a Hip Hop Dance off, dancers are split into – Smokers and Non-smokers and  have a dance off, to see who is the fitter and winner from the dance off competition.

Pilbara visits

On 31 January and 1 February, Deb visited grant recipient, Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS). The meeting took place in Port Hedland at the partner site, Wirraka Maya. Danika their Regional Coordinator, is based in Newman and services four remote communities on her own! Danika has produced a smoke-free organisation package that she is happy to share with outher grant recipients. Danika has now started her maternity leave but hopes to return to the role in May.

PAMS will also soon be recruiting for a new educator position - keep and eye out for this.

L-R: Kiarah Cuthbert, Danika Tager & Natalie Newie

Kiarah and Natalie head up the Port Hedland team with a new member starting soon. They have been busy with Quit clinics, partnering with other health programs, working with youth and the Fortescue Metals Group. Both sites will be working with Innovation grant recipient ‘Western Australian Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine Limited’ who will be conducting research into pregnant women and smoking in remote communities.

On 2 February Deb then visited the team at Mawarnkarra in Roebourne. The team is very new to the job, only Adrienne being in the job longer than a month, starting mid- 2016. They have hit the ground running with planned school and youth groups, men and women’s groups, street stalls, and Mums and Bubs. Deb spoke with the team at length about monitoring and evaluating programs, and plans to visit again in early March.

L-R: Adrienne Tubb, Sean Wagenaar, Rebecca Fleay

Miwatj TIS Team

In late January, Kerry visited Miwatj TIS, part of Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation and met with staff. Whilst there she was lucky enough to be shown the traditional natural fibre basket weaving from pandanus (by Manybarr).

Kerry also enjoyed talking and sharing with Melanie Herdman, the recently appointed Coordinator for TIS. The team have great things planned for the year ahead to deliver across the region. Kerry and Melanie spent some time talking about the issues surrounding remote work, staffing and language and how the team are going to face those challenges, starting with reviewing the local forms and ensuring they met the needs of staff.  

Kerry also met with the local staff, including the tobacco workers.  The team work with community in a range of activities like raising awareness about the dangers of smoking, supporting quit attempts, advocating for smoke-free spaces, reducing exposure to passive smoking and participating in community-run events.

The Miwatj team cover a large area around 33,302 square km located in the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, including the Wessel and Crocodile Island chains, Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra.  The population is approximately 5,800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Nhulunbuy, Gove Peninsula and in Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island.  Kerry said, "I  learnt a lot with Miwatj TIS and would like to thank them for their time and working with me".

Melanie Herdman and Manybarr Ganambarr weaving traditional natural fibre basket 


On Sunday 12 February 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) launchED the brand new WA-made campaign 'From Every Quitter' . The campaign features a diverse group of twelve Western Australians who have recently quit smoking or are currently attempting to quit. In the television advertisement each person delivers an authentic heartfelt plea directly to camera, asking smokers, "If you can't quit with me, don't smoke around me."
'Seeing other people smoke' was uncovered as a key trigger to light up by smokers involved in focus group research that was commissioned by Make Smoking History in November 2015. The same study, found that having loved ones who smoke was the number one barrier to quitting smoking for both males and females. This campaign aims to help people on their quitting journey by rallying the support of their friends and family, especially those who continue to smoke. It will run throughout Western Australia until Saturday 6 May 2017 in metropolitan and regional areas.
'From Every Quitter' will include a prominent online component, using a hashtag developed especially for the campaign entitled #pleasehelpmequit . MSH will use this hashtag wherever possible when utilising its social media channels to promote the campaign, most noticeably on Facebook, Twitter and lnstagram, with the goal of reaching people that smoke and encouraging them to create and share their own #pleasehelpmequit posts. To facilitate this, MSH have created a series of personal testimony videos featuring the stars of the •From Every Quitter' television commercial. The videos give each cast member the opportunity to talk frankly about their smoking and quitting stories, focusing on their experience of attempting to quit while being surrounded by friends and family that still smoke. MSH will share this content at various stages throughout the campaign on its new blog which can be found on the MSH website.

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