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Bega Garnbirringu Health Service (Tobacco Action Mob)

 

Overview

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service strives to provide a friendly, holistic, and culturally appropriate primary health service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the Goldfields Region of Western Australia (WA). The Goldfields region is located in the south eastern corner of WA and covers more than 770,000 square kilometers. A majority of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is widely dispersed, living in remote communities and settlements.

Bega is funded under the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program to provide smoking cessation activities and information to communities in the Goldfields region. Under the name Tobacco Action Mob, Bega uses a variety of ways to get the anti-smoking message out. This includes:

As well as visiting nearby communities, the Tobacco Action Mob travel to outreach communities (including Menzies, Leonora, Laverton, Norseman and Esperance), carrying out community consultations (needs assessment) and tailoring existing programs to achieve better outcomes. The team focus particularly on increasing the understanding of risks associated with smoking and awareness about the available support services.

As part of their TIS program, Bega organised the Puyu Wanti Basketball Program, which aimed to engage young Aboriginal people in sports, and educate them about the dangers of smoking, benefits of being a non-smokers, and importance of prevention of second-hand smoke. A case study about the Puyu Wanti Basketball Program is available here.

Resources

As part of their previous TIS activities the Tobacco Action Mob have produced the following health promotion video, which encourages people to give up the smokes by highlighting the benefits of quitting.

In June 2017 the Tobacco Action Mob ran an Indigenous Hip Hop Project to create a music video on smoking cessation. Indigenous Hip Hop Projects visited Kalgoorlie, where they worked with young Aboriginal people from East Kalgoorlie Primary and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High Schools to write and record a video documenting the effects of smoking and the dangers of second hand smoke. As well as providing a great opportunity for local young people to learn about how to be smoke-free, participants practiced writing poetry/raps which include local heritage and culture in their health messaging, had vocal coaching, and learnt how to create a video clip. The video forms part of the Tobacco Action Mob’s local health promotion campaign, which includes radio and TV ads. The video was featured in a number of news stories, including in the West Australian, and the article can be viewed here. A case study of the partnership between Bega Garnbirringu and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, and the way they involved the community is available here.

A short version of the music video has been produced for television ads. The short version is available to watch on Youtube here.

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Last updated: 2 November 2017
 
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