For World No Tobacco Day 31 May NACCHO celebrates and highlights examples of the great work many of our Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Australia are doing in tobacco control.
2.New South Wales
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On World No Tobacco Day NACCHO participated in the National #CommunityControl Twitter Festival that spotlighted the work of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in tobacco control.
The Festival was sponsored by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) and hosted by Croakey Professional Services.
For full Croakey coverage of the event
Read the first one here
The second one here
And the third here
During the period when Croakey was publishing about the Twitter Festival (13 May-3 June 2019), 299 Twitter accounts sent more than 2,000 tweets using the #CommunityControl hashtag, creating more than 17 million Twitter impressions.
2.New South Wales
It’s vital that brief tobacco interventions are embedded into routine health care and checks. Our staff love to yarn with community to help them quit. You can read about the #ATRACYarning Tool here: https://buff.ly/2JLvWaF
We have developed the #ATRAC Yarning Tool which has been incorporated into smoking cessation programs across the country. The tool has assisted many health workers to initiate meaningful smoking cessation discussions with clients.
2.2 Redfern ACCHO
2.3 Ready Mob Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie
The Tackling Indigenous Smoking program team Ready Mob is a federally funded program based out of Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour, covering the Mid North Coast region from Coffs Harbour through to Port Macquarie.
My name is Kristy Pursch and my ancestral ties are to the Butchulla people of Fraser Island in Queensland. I have lived in NSW for the past 20 years and brought my children up in beautiful Gumbaynggirr country for the past 14 years.
Ready Mob is an acronym for Really Evaluate and Decide Yourself, Make Ourselves Better which is all about self determination, we don’t tell our mob what to do we just provide the tools and education so that people can make their own informed decisions.
Our strategy to work in and with our local communities is to use local places and local faces. Our relationships in communities are paramount to our effectiveness as a health promotion program.
There are 8 people in our team and all are Aboriginal people with the majority working within their own ancestral lands. This connection and investment in our own local people is integral at ensuring our approach is both determined by and effective for our local mob.
Second and third hand smoke causes just as much damage to small lungs as smoking resulting in more acute respiratory infections, severe asthma attacks and can cause middle infections.
Encouraging our smokers to ‘take a look around and see, who are you sharing your smoke with?’ A non shame based campaign encouraging introspection and positive decision making especially around the impacts smoking causes to those around you.
As with all our campaigns the call to action is to seek quit support by calling the Quitline or visiting your GP and local Aboriginal Medical Service
2.4 Tharawal ACCHO Dr Tim Senior
And working in #communitycontrol means they know the service is set up for them, and they have friends and relatives employed there and on the board! And we have staff and programs that will help.
So for example, I have access to free nicotine replacement, as well as the medicines on the PBS. And especially important are our health workers and our mums and bubs and social and emotional wellebeing programs. And dentists.
Fundamentally, my goal as a GP in #CommunityControl is to enable people to make decisions about their life, NOT tell people what to do. (We’ve tried that for >200 yrs. It doesn’t work!)
And having a relationship with a patient, means the discussion we have can be very practical.
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t know that smoking is bad for them. But stress, poverty, boredom, habit, socialising underscored by addiction are all reasons people continue to smoke.
We can offer practical advice for all of these things, in complete confidence, with onward referral as appropriate
FYI, these are the smoking cessation guidelines.
2.5 Awabakal ACCHO
2.6 Yerin ACCHO Gosford
World No Tobacco Day @ Goolum. Great day, great feed and celebrating #smokefreemob champions.
4.1 Apunipima ACCHO Cape York
Last week TIS Health Workers Brett and Clara celebrated WNTD in Kowanyama with a morning tea and an educational stall
4.2 Deadly Choices
5.2 Join the TIS team now at Wirraka Maya for World no Tobacco Day.
Have your Smoke reading taken, along with Quit Smoking support and information.
AHCSA Staff came together to raise awareness about World No Tobacco Day today and joined the mob by taking the 2019 Puyu Blasters Pledge.
Are you interested in taking the pledge? Follow the link to find out how..
6.2 Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti
The Tackling Tobacco Team helped the team and kids of Playford and was given the chance to have a hit of tennis with the Deadly and Legendary Evonne Goolagong-Cawley. The ‘Come and Try’ clinics are for 5 to 15 year old boys and girls, with an emphasis on having fun and being healthy!
6.3 AHCSA Puyu Blaster
Today the Puyu Blaster and the Aboriginal Dental Program visited Berri Primary School to celebrate World No Tobacco Day this week. We look forward to coming back. Thanks for having us!
Who are the Puyu Blasters?
We all are!
Puyu Blasters is a community based approach to addressing the issue of smoking within our communities.
The Puyu Blasters Team is hosted by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and it’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Program.
The AHCSA TIS Program has been funded to support regional approaches to reducing the gap in prevalence of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People compared to that among non-Indigenous, through;
- Reducing uptake of smoking
- Increasing smoking cessation and
- Reduced exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
7.Tasmania ( TBC )
8.1 Congress Alice Springs
Our Health Promotions team would like to thank everyone who came down to Araluen Park on Saturday to participate in the World No Tobacco Day Colour Smash Fun Run/Walk.
We had a massive turn out and all had a lot of fun!
The Quitskills Team would like to acknowledge the traditional people of the Katherine region for welcoming the Quitskills educators onto their country to deliver smoking cessation training.
We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the team from Katherine West Health Board whose aim is to provide a holistic clinical, preventative and public health service to clients in the Katherine West Region of the Northern Territory of Australia.
We wish you the greatest success in achieving your aim.
Smoke breath 🤢
Keep your breath fresh by staying smoke free!
Yarn with your local Health Centre about how to quit smoking
What’s Your Smoke Free Story?
8.3 Danila Dilba ACCHO
On May 31 Danila Dilba Community Services and Northern Territory Government AOD teams set up information stalls around Darwin and Palmerston for World No Tobacco Day. Thank you to everyone who popped in for a yarn! If you are ready to start your quit journey or thinking about quitting smoking, contact your local Danila Dilba Clinic and book an appointment with a GP, Aboriginal Health Practitioner or Tobacco support team.
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