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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
This section provides tools and resources to support your TIS acitivities including practice guidelines, health promotion and other resources.
The second module Workplace smoking policy from the Aboriginal tobacco resistance toolkit, explains how to support an organisation to develop a smoke-free work policy. It provides templates for consulting with workers through focus groups or questionnaires, information on how and why to do an environmental scan and provides a template for recording this data.
This 5-minute video from Make Smoking History WA aims to provide workers with the skills and confidence to approach people who are smoking in smoke-free areas. Although it uses a hospital as an example, it is useful to any organisation who would like to train their staff in enforcing their smoke-free policy in a non-confrontational manner.
This online resource provides information on how to develop a smoke-free policy in the workplace, tips on supporting staff and clients to help them go smoke-free, as well as information on Quitline workshops for workplaces.
This guide to developing smoke-free workplaces is provided by Quit Victoria. Included in the guide is a sample workplace survey and a sample policy, as well as information on what kind of quit support is available and useful links for anyone based in Victoria.
This online resource has been designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff to assist them to reflect on smoking triggers and the barriers to quitting faced by health workers. The resource highlights a range of strategies that can support health worker's wellbeing. Additionally, managers and tobacco workers can use the website to reflect on where their health service is at in relation to workplace culture and staff wellbeing.
This flipchart is designed to support health providers who want to discuss second-hand tobacco smoke with their clients and encourage families to have smoke-free homes. It includes information on the effects of second-hand smoke on babies and children and tips on how to quit smoking.
This resource package includes brochures, posters and a booklet all aimed at encouraging a smoke-free environment for mother and baby. The booklet, How your baby grows was designed for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and provides a memento with spaces for photos and recording special information that follows the stages of pregnancy.
This poster illustrates the health benefits of not smoking for babies and children. The poster was developed by Phoenix Consulting as part of a Hearing Loss Prevention Project.
This brochure identifies the health impacts for the unborn child of smoking while pregnant, as well as, the health impacts for children of second-hand tobacco smoke. Tips are provided on how to reduce the likelihood of these health impacts.
This poster is one of a series of Beyond the big smoke posters produced by the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMSC) promoting the smoke-free message. It promotes the smoke-free message when travelling in cars with children.
This series of posters produced by the KAMSC, includes posters showing the different poisons in cigarettes, and promotes the message that traditional smoking ceremony heals but cigarette smoking kills.
This resource has been written for people who work with remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory who want to strengthen their health promotion and disease prevention practice. It was written specifically for teams who work with Aboriginal communities and includes information on strategies for health promotion as well as planning and evaluating health promotion projects.
This factsheet provides information on smoking rates among Indigenous people in Canada, New Zealand, United States of America and Australia.
This booklet is a collection of stories and photos gathered from Arnhem Land communities by the Top End Tobacco Project Team. Aboriginal people from Arnhem Land communities share their experiences and relationship with tobacco. The stories help us to understand the historical aspects of tobacco use and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking.
These brochures and a video provide information on the total tobacco ban in Northern Territory prisons for prison staff, inmates and detainees. Area-specific brochures were created for Alice Springs, Darwin and Tennant Creek and provide information on what smoking does to your body and how to quit.
This poster promotes the message 'Smoke is no good'. It features illustrations which show that smoke is bad for children. The poster is accompanied by audio in five different languages.
This guideline, produced by the World Health Organisation, provides recommendations for planning and hosting large community events. The guideline also provides information on: the communication of messages; examples of tools to support smoke-free events; and strategies to enforce a smoke-free environment.
Local Government websites often provide information on planning smoke-free events, as well as downloadable resources which you might want to use or adapt for your own events. This online page is the Queensland Government website resource page for smoke-free organised under 18 sporting events.
Local Government websites often provide information on planning smoke-free events, as well as downloadable resources which you might want to use or adapt for your own events. This online page is the Tasmanian Government website resource page for tobacco control, which has a section specifically on smoke-free.
This Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council campaign produced a range of resources, including three short films using role models from local communities, posters, radio ads and other resources promoting the quit smoking message.
The fourth module from the Aboriginal tobacco resistance toolkit has information and examples on how to plan a social marketing campaign.
The 2015-16 phase of the National Tobacco Campaign focuses on the story of Ted, an Aboriginal man who quit smoking for his family. The campaign features a mix of mass media advertising and community engagement activities.
This factsheet outlines information about the effectiveness of social marketing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This toolkit was developed to provide hints and tips on social media for health messaging. It includes information on getting started using social media, as well as popular channels you can incorporate.
This paper discusses the use of social media in marketing to young people. It explores emerging evidence about the extent of exposure to marketing and the impacts this may have on adolescent health. It also presents examples of health-promoting social media campaigns aimed at young people.
This paper showcases the success of social media in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, providing examples of organisations/initiatives that have used it with success.
This booklet provides health and community workers with information to educate young parents about the effects of smoking whilst pregnant.
This resource package is part of series of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families which aim to raise awareness about alcohol and other drugs (including tobacco) and mental health issues during or following pregnancy.
This resource package contains booklets and other resources for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers that provide helpful tips to encourage a smoke-free environment for mother and baby.
This booklet was created as part of the Growing strong: feeding you and your baby set of resources developed by Queensland Health to help health staff talk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families about the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to pregnant women and their babies.
These posters were developed to support, assist and educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities about the importance of keeping their environments tobacco smoke-free. The posters specifically target pregnant women, or women who are thinking about becoming pregnant.
This brochure provides information on alcohol and other drugs (including tobacco) during pregnancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The resource describes ways for mothers to maintain their health as well as their baby’s health, how to get help if they need it, as well as the effects of alcohol, other drugs, and tobacco on both mother and baby during pregnancy.
This brochure was developed to provide information on SIDS. It outlines four steps to follow in reducing the risk of SIDS.
This factsheet was produced to summarise the facts on smoking tobacco while pregnant. It provides information on what smoking does to your body, and how it can harm your baby, as well as strategies for quitting.
This online resource provides information on the risks of smoking when pregnant for both women and their partners, as well as the benefits for quitting before, during and after pregnancy. Information includes: second-hand smoke; smoking and SIDS; smoking and reproductive health; and smoking and pregnancy. This resource is not specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This 18-minute video provides information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on smoking, alcohol and other drug use whilst pregnant and breasfeeding. The video focuses on tips for mothers and fathers to keep healthy during pregnancy, as well as advice on how to reduce or stop the use of harmful substances, including tobacco, whilst pregnant and breastfeeding.
This short video was created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, to show the negative impact that smoking can have on the body when pregnant, as well as the unborn child.
This free phone application (app) has been designed to support women to quit smoking before, during and after pregnancy. It includes quit tips and distraction games, and tracks not only the app user’s quit progress, but also the growth and development of their baby.
This resource is an online comic promoting smoking cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and families. The resource aims to demonstrate the harmful effects of smoking for Elders, sports players, families and children, and provides examples of strategies to quit.
These study guides provide teachers with culturally relevant lesson plans about the impact of smoking on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The educational resources can be used in upper primary and throughout high school to support teachers in preparing individual lessons and/or creating units of work using the No Smokes program material.
This resource package has been designed to support health workers engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially young people 12-25 years, around the topic of tobacco and quitting smoking. The guide uses a combination of visual resources and the latest knowledge of best practice around smoking cessation to encourage clients to quit.
This online resource package was designed specifically for young Aboriginal and Torres Islander people to provide information about quitting smoking. The website includes interactive activities, videos and downloadable tools.
This factsheet was developed for health workers and other professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to help them quit smoking. It provides information on NRT and other medicines as listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS).
This booklet was developed to provide information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about medicines that they can use to help them to quit smoking. The resource contains facts about: the health impacts of smoking; the impact of smoking during pregnancy; what tobacco addiction is; NRT; and other medicines to help stop smoking. The booklet is a companion resource to Medicines to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people stop smoking: a guide for health workers.
This guide was developed to provide information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers on all the medicines that can be used to help people stop smoking. It assists health workers to understand the role that NRT and other medicines have in helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to stop smoking, and includes information on: ways to stop smoking; using NRT when pregnant; why it's hard to stop smoking; and other medicines to help stop smoking. The guide is a companion resource to Medicines to help you stop smoking.
This factsheet provides facts about nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and its effectiveness as a tool for quitting, as well as other medicines for quitting.
This series of factsheets was developed for health workers who are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients who are attempting to quit smoking. The factsheets provide information on topics such as brief intervention, NRT, use of smokelyzers and smoking during pregnancy.
This web resource provides information and support to people who work with at-risk groups, on how to start the conversation on quitting smoking. The resource highlights the important role that health workers, volunteers and community services play in offering ongoing support to help at-risk groups quit smoking. It also provides real-life stories from the smoking cessation sector.
This resource package supports training for health workers on how to talk to clients about smoking. Information covered in the kit includes: motivational yarning; brief intervention; and other quit skills. It also contains a series of success stories which encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking.
This three page guide was developed for health workers on how to assist clients to give up smoking. It includes information on how to ask, assess, advise, assist and arrange follow up to support clients on their quit journey.
These guidelines are an evidence-based practice resource on smoking cessation for health professionals working in a variety of areas. Content covered in the guidelines includes brief intervention, pharmacotherapy, behavioural and advice-based support for smoking cessation, as well as recommendations specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This chapter (3) from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work provides practice guidelines on how to assess a client’s tobacco use, how to help a client quit, and medicines that may help with quitting.
This resource package was developed to provide 'top tips' to tobacco control health workers on subjects including encouraging quitting, using family-based approaches to quitting, and tips to support people so they don't relapse.
This flyer aims to provide information on smoking, and the effect that it can have on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It covers information on: how smoking damages your health; second-hand smoke; benefits of quitting smoking; and tips to stop smoking.
This resource promotes the importance of not smoking, and how it can have a negative impact on lung health. The resource identifies symptoms for lung infections, the initial treatment required and any follow up treatment necessary. It also emphasises the importance of visiting a clinic if any symptoms of lung infection are present.
This resource is an online comic promoting smoking cessation and discussing the harmful effects of tobacco for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This resource is an online comic, which aims to reduce smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by showing the negative impact that tobacco smoking can have on your health.
This online tool from Cancer Council SA is a cost calculator, to help people assess how much money they spend on smoking. The calculator provides data over a week, month, year, five year, and ten year period, as well as total cost to date. The calculator aims to highlight the financial impact of smoking, and encourage smokers to think about what else they could be spending that money on instead.
This resource kit aims to reduce tobacco smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Top End of the NT. It was produced as part of the Top End Tobacco Project, and contains posters and stickers promoting smoking cessation, which are written in the local languages of the area (Burarra, Kriol and Walpiri). A book describing stories of tobacco was also developed.
Quitline is a national telephone helpline service (managed by the individual states and territories) that provides confidential support for people who would like to quit smoking. Quitline advisors are professionals with specialist training to assist people with smoking cessation.
For more information click here: Quitline program
This brochure provides general information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria who are thinking about/would like to quit smoking via the Aboriginal Quitline Service. Information covered by the brochure includes: the impact of smoking on communities; how Aboriginal Quitline can help; and personal stories of tobacco cessation.
This brochure is a culturally appropriate source of information for people living in NSW, who might be thinking about attempting to quit smoking. The brochure promotes Quitline as a service that provides support and information to people who are at any stage of the quitting process.
This resource package contains brochures, posters and booklets which contain information about the harms of tobacco use, as well as advice for quitting smoking. They were produced as part of the Wesern Australian Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team (QALT) Community Engagement Project.
This booklet provides information on the impact of tobacco on Aboriginal families. It was produced by the Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team based in WA, and contains a range information, including: smoking and pregnancy; quitting methods and tips; second-hand smoke; and the health risks from smoking.
This free phone application (app) is designed to support all smokers trying to quit. App users can track their quit progress, access quit tips, health information, and talk to other quitters in the community forum. There is also a community board where people can gain motivation and support from other people who are trying to quit.
This online resource provides information on the relationship between physical activity and smoking rates. Key topics include: benefits of exercising when you're smoking; how to get started with exercise; exercise suggestions; exercising at work when a craving strikes; and sticking with your exercise program.
This online resource provides a brief guide on how to get started with an exercise plan to help quit smoking. The plan provides information on why physical activity is important when trying to quit smoking, and beneficial exercise activities to attempt.
This article provides a summary of research from the United Kingdom, which shows how exercise reduces cigarette cravings.
The I can quit web resource has useful tips on how to quit cold turkey and where to get further support if you need it. It includes information on recognising smoking triggers and other strategies.
This web resource on the cold turkey approach to quitting smoking has information on quit strategies, what to expect from withdrawal symptoms and the benefits of quitting smoking.