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New tobacco portal aims to help reduce smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Date posted: 8 August 2016

A new Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal has been launched as part of the Health Department's Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Programme. Produced by Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the portal is one component of the program run by the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) of which the HealthInfoNet is a partner.

The free-to-access online portal is the 'go to' place for Tackling Indigenous Smoking Workers to access the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre (TISRIC). It also contains a comprehensive collection of videos and programs, and workforce information such as conferences, jobs, courses and other events. The social media platforms also provide an opportunity for the workers to network and support each other.

The NBPU TIS consortium is led by Ninti One Ltd, and includes the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra and the Smoking Research Institute at the University of Sydney. The main role of the consortium is to provide advice and support to the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Workers in the implementation of effective strategies and programs to reduce the levels of smoking in their communities. The National Coordinator is Professor Tom Calma AO.

Tobacco smoking is the most preventable cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is one of the key focuses of the COAG health initiatives.

The new portal is located on the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (AIAODKC) web resource and can be used by anyone interested in or working in the area of smoking reduction.

Professor Tom Calma AO, National Coordinator Tackling Indigenous Smoking said 'The TIS portal will be a valuable resource for the TIS grant recipients, to enable them to access: relevant and current information on smoking cessation; and strategies and guides to help encourage people not to take up smoking. It's all about sharing and learning.'


Professor Neil Drew
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6155

Ninti One contact
Alicia Gigante
Communications Officer
Ninti One Ltd
Ph: (08) 8211 0434


Last updated: 8 August 2016
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