NACCHO Aboriginal Health #Smoking : #Deadly #WorldNoTobaccoDay Good News Stories from our #ACCHOs

This week we feature Deadly Good NEWS Stories from #WNTD events at our Affiliates and 302 ACCHO clinics yesterday

Intro from Matthew Cook NACCHO Chair, Videos from  David Gillespie Rural Health Minister and Tom Calma

1.New South Wales



4.Western Australia

5.South Australia


7.Northern Territory

8. Canberra ACT

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Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM (4th from right) attended the 2017 World No Tobacco Day function at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, ACT.

He is pictured with the Winnunga CEO, Julie Tongs, OAM (to his left), the Winnunga team, and Prof Tom Calma, AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking, and Ngambri – Ngunnawal Elder, Aunty Louise Brown who gave the Welcome to Country (2nd and 3rd from left).

Watch Video Tom Calma

1.New South Wales

Today is WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY!! #dontquitqutting Yerin is working with community to reduce smoking! Come in and see our wellbeing team and join our #dontquitquittingteam

Yerin Facebook Page


SO good to hear Aunty Rieo Ellis, Jimi Peters and Rhee Kennedy share with us this morning about their quitting journeys as we celebrated World No Tobacco Day!

As Aunty Rieo says, never quit quitting! If you would like to have a yarn with someone about quitting smoking, you can call the Aboriginal Quitline right now on 137848.

You can also talk to someone like your doctor, health worker, pharmacist or a tobacco cessation specialist!

Did you know that VAHS has two wonderful quit specialists that hang out at VAHS Preston regularly? Margot and Christine from Darebin Community Health and Merri Health are the experts in the game and a great resource. Come and meet them!

Really excited for everyone that has made today the day they throw it away. You’ve got this and we’re all here to support you!

“Never quit quitting!”

Aunty Rieo Ellis shared her Quitting Journey with us today at our World No Tobacco Day morning tea.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Aunty Rieo and for being a great encourager of anyone thinking about giving up smoking. You’re an inspiration!


If you would like to talk to someone about quitting smoking you can call the Aboriginal Quitline on 137848. Or you could book in to see your doctor or health worker to talk about the options that you have for support. You can call the VAHS Medical reception on 9419 3000 to make an appointment.

Go on, make today the day you give it away!


Cairns Staff celebrate those who have quit smokes and those who are trying to quit smokes.

If you want to quit you have our support! Have a yarn to your local Health Worker.

#WNTD2017 #DMSYS #Tacklingindigenoussmoking #TooDeadly #HealthyCommunities #Healthystaff

What’s Your Story, Cape York?

Sean has signed up 3 community members 2 our Deadly Smoke Free Pledge, this will see 15 people benefit

What a deadly day for our team out in community today Tackling Tobacco. Nothing better seeing our community taking control of their health.

Sue from Gold Coast just signed the Smoke-free Pledge and completed a quick lung health check

4.Western Australia

Today is World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

More info pictures here

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.”

AHCWA’s Tobacco Action team, in conjunction with the Health Promotion team at Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) set up a display and ran activities at DHYS’s East Perth Clinic to promote awareness and the benefits of quitting smoking.

Port Headland WA

5.South Australia

Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

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Here’s a message from former Tennis World number 1 Evonne Goolagong Cawley “Please be safe and don’t smoke”. If you would like to find out more visit


7.Northern Territory



Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team from Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation in the NT had a deadly day out yesterday in support of World No Tobacco Day.
Locals and organisations from in and around Tennant Creek come down to show their support of Tackling Indigenous Smoking. The Public Health team was also present to ensure a holistic approach was presented such as our dietician and nutritionist with a healthy feed for all with nutritional salads and meat options in tasty wraps.

The Grow Well team supporting mums and bubs program had a yarning tent and lots of give aways. Anyinginyi Health’s Clinical Diabetes Nurse was present throughout the day taking blood pressure levels and sugar/glucose checks and of course the TIS team was actively voicing health promotion and awareness to community around the dangers of smoking, passive smoking, the expenses of smoking and ways of quitting/cutting down. We had a smoke-a-lizer to test the levels of carbon monoxide of individual’s even non-smokers, conducting smoke-a-lizer tests on non-smokers showed a great example of how second-hand smoke effect and still makes its way into someones lungs, we had great conversations and engagement as to how to prevent second hand smoke effecting families.
Having such a great outcome makes our TIS and Public Health teams motivated to create more health promotional materials and awareness to the Barkly Region!

Watch video here

It was so exciting to see everyone together in Nhulunbuy for #WNTD2017, bukmak rrambangi, addressing this important issue.

Aboriginal people in remote regions suffer from the highest smoking rates in the country. Smoking in East Arnhem is estimated to be anywhere between 67% and 80% of the adult population. It is really important that we all get behind reducing these rates! Miwatj Health, Nhulunbuy Corp & Cancer Council NT


Julie Gapalathana, Rarrtji Mel Herdman, Burrkitj (Boogie) Ngurruwutthun & Glen Gurruwiwi – Tackling Indigenous Smoking team #WNTD2017 — in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory

8. Canberra ACT

Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM attended the 2017 World No Tobacco Day function at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, ACT.

Above :  congratulates the Winnunga Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team: Chanel Webb, Perri Chapman and Caitlin Towart

© Geoff Bagnall

Prof. Tom Calma, AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking addresses the gathering.

Winnunga CEO, Julie Tongs, OAM shows Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM the universal room, which houses optometry and the Otitis Media Programme (Ear health).

Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM congratulates Beth Sturgess, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Winnunga Nimmityjah, on 293 days, 13 hours and 25 minutes of successful quitting (but who’s counting?).

As of World No Tobacco Day, 2017, Beth’s Drop It app calculates that in that time she has NOT smoked 7,338 cigarettes, saving her $5,870.40.



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