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What are Regional Tackling Smoking & Healthy Lifestyle Teams?

Regional Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Teams work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and relevant organisations to tackle some of the main causes of chronic disease and early death: smoking, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

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Teams are mainly involved in health promotion and social marketing activities. They are not clinical teams and are not intended to run clinics.

Teams are made up of Tackling Smoking Workers and Healthy Lifestyle Workers who work together cooperatively.

Teams are being rolled out across Australia over a three year period from 2010-11. National coverage will be achieved in 2013, with Teams being active in 57 regions plus the ACT, in cities, outer suburbs, and rural and remote areas.

When all of the Teams have been rolled out, each region will have one Regional Tobacco Coordinator and a number of Tobacco Action Workers and Healthy Lifestyle Workers. The Australian Capital Territory has one Tobacco Action Worker and one Healthy Lifestyle Worker.

What do the Regional Tackling Smoking & Healthy Lifestyle Teams do?

 

Regional Tackling Smoking Workforce
The Regional Tackling Smoking workforce works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop regional and local approaches to reducing smoking rates.

They aim to help smokers quit and to encourage young people not to start smoking through social marketing campaigns, community events, and health information sessions to:

  • Increase community understanding of the dangers of smoking, the benefits of quitting and the benefits of smoke free environments;
  • Support creation of smoke free homes and workplaces; and
  • Share information about quitting smoking.

The Regional Tackling Smoking workforce, in each region, is made up of one Regional Tobacco Coordinator and Tobacco Action Workers:

  • Regional Tobacco Coordinators develop networks in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a region to build community support for smoking prevention and quitting, and health promotion activities. They also coordinate, organise and deliver smoking prevention and quit initiatives, and organise the work of the Tobacco Action Workers in their region.
  • Tobacco Action Workers work with communities to deliver non clinical smoking prevention and quit initiatives under the coordination of the Regional Tobacco Coordinator. They work in partnership with the network of Tobacco Action Workers in the region and with the broader national network coordinated by the National Coordinator. Tobacco Action Workers also promote access to health checks and may refer people to existing quit programs or to health care professionals for clinical advice, where appropriate.

Healthy Lifestyle Workforce
Healthy Lifestyle Workers focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and find healthy alternatives to smoking.

Initiatives include healthy lifestyle events and information sessions which promote healthy eating and physical activity, and support people to take part in appropriate physical activity sessions. Local role models are also identified and supported to help promote healthy lifestyles.

Healthy Lifestyle Workers promote access to health checks and may also refer people to:

  • health care professionals for clinical advice, where individuals already have a chronic disease; and
  • existing lifestyle modification programs and other health programs where appropriate.

Where Are Regional Teams Located?

Regional Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Teams are being rolled out in 57 regions in urban, rural and remote areas around the country. Regions which currently have a Team in place are listed below.

 

New South Wales

Mid North Coast
Host organisation: Galambila Aboriginal Health Incorporated
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 6652 0800

New England, Central West, Far West
Host organisation: Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service, with three teams covering each region.
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 6845 3545

Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
Host organisation: Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 4969 2108

Broken Hill and Western Border
Host organisation: Maari Ma Aboriginal Corporation
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8082 9888

Monaro to Victorian Border
Host organisation: Southern NSW Medicare Local
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 4475 0800

Campbelltown and surrounds
Host organisation: Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 4628 4837

Inner Sydney
Host organisation: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 8094 2500

Western Sydney
Host organisation: Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 9832 1356

Wollongong/Shoalhaven/South Coast
Host organisation: South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 4428 6666

Northern Rivers
Host organisation: Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 6681 5644

Riverina
Host organisation: Griffith Aboriginal Community Medical Services
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 6964 4533

 

Victoria

Western District – Barwon, South West and the Grampians
Host organisation: Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 6024 7599

Melbourne
Host organisation: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (03) 9419 3000

Southern Metro
Host organisation: Dandenong and Districts Aborigines Cooperatives Ltd
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (03) 5971 9100

Loddon Mallee (Mildura /Swan Hill)
Host organisation: Mildura Aboriginal Corporation Inc.
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (03) 5018 4100

 

Queensland

Far South West QLD
Host organisation: Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation for Health
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4654 3277

Central Queensland
Host organisation: Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation Incorporated
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4979 0992

Host organisation: ATSICHS Mackay Ltd

Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact : (07) 49579400

Far North Queensland
Host organisation: Wuchopperen Health Service Limited
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4080 1000

South East Metropolitan and South East Queensland
Host organisation: Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Ltd, with two teams covering each region
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 3648 9500

Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast
Host organisation: GP Links Wide Bay
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4151 0814

North West
Host organisation: North and West Queensland Primary Health Care
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4725 8868

Torres and NPA
Host organisation: Queensland Health
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4030 6821

Cape York
Host organisation: Apunipima Cape York Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4051 7450

South West Queensland
Host organisation: Darling Downs Share Care (Carbal Medical Centre)
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (07) 4639 4461

 

Western Australia

Kimberley West and Kimberley East
Host organisation: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council Incorporated, with two teams covering each region
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 9194 3200

Goldfields
Host organisation: Bega Garnbirringu Health Services Incorporated
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 9022 5500

Central Desert
Host organisation: Ngaanyatjarra Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8950 1730

Pilbara
Host organisation: Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 9175 7093

West Pilbara
Host organisation: Mawarnkarra Aboriginal Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 9182 0800

Midwest
Host organisation: Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 9956 6555

Perth and surrounds
Host organisation: Aboriginal Health Council of WA
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 9227 1631

 

South Australia

Whyalla/Flinders and Far North
Host organisation: Country Health SA, located at Port Augusta
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8648 5800

Hills Mallee Southern/Riverland/South East
Host organisation: Country Health SA
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8226 6147

Adelaide
Host organisation: Southern Adelaide Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8179 5946

Tasmania

Tasmania wide
Host organisation: Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Incorporated
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (03) 6359 3532

 

Australian Capital Territory

ACT wide
Host organisation: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (02) 6284 6222

 

Northern Territory

Katherine East
Host organisation: Sunrise Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8971 9503

Darwin Urban
Host organisation: Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Aboriginal Corporation
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8932 3166

Katherine
Host organisation: Katherine West Health Board
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8971 9300

Central Australia
Host organisation: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Incorporated
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8951 4444

The Barkly
Host organisation: Anyinginyi Health Service
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8962 2633

East Arnhem
Host organisation: Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
Regional Tobacco Coordinator contact: (08) 8939 1900

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