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Tools and resources to support activities that work

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This section provides tools and resources to support your TIS acitivities including practice guidelines, health promotion and other resources.

Smoke-free

Smoke-free workplace
Tobacco resistance toolkit 

Aboriginal tobacco resistance toolkit

The second module Workplace smoking policy from the Aboriginal tobacco resistance toolkit produced by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AHMRC)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.

 Smoke free hospitals

 

Smoke-free hospitals: supporting your smoke-free policy

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.

smoke free workplace

 Cancer Council South Australia: Workplaces

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.

 Going smokefree

 

Going smokefree: a guide 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.

Tackle the triggers

 Tackle the triggers

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. Developed by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) and researchers from the School of Population Health at the University of South Australia, 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.

Smoke-free home and community
Healthy starts Healthy starts: reducing the health effects of smoking around Indigenous babies and children
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.
No smoking around kids

Strong kids, no smoke story 

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.

Smoking close to children

Smoking close to children

This brochure produced by Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation 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.

Public Health Bush book

Public health bush book volume 1: strategies and resources

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.

Short ones

Short ones: tobacco stories from Arnhem Land

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.

smoking no good

Smoking no good story 

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.

Smoke is no good

Smoking is no good: clean air grows healthy lungs 

This poster produced by Menzies School of Health Research 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. 

Smoke-free events
Tobacco free mega events 

A guide to tobacco-free mega events

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.

Smoke free area

 

Smoke-free organised under-18 sporting events (Queensland)

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.

 No smoking in doorway

Tasmanian tobacco control resources

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.


Media/social marketing

Kick the habit 

Kick the Habit social marketing campaign

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.

 Tobacco resistance toolkit

 

Aboriginal Tobacco Resistance Toolkit - module 4

The fourth module from the Aboriginal tobacco resistance toolkit produced by the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW has information and examples on how to plan a social marketing campaign.

National tobacco campaign

 Don’t Make Smokes Your Story

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.

 Social marketing

 

What do we know about the success of social marketing in tobacco control?

This factsheet outlines information about the effectiveness of social marketing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Social media and social networking

Health communicator 

The health communicator's social media toolkit

This toolkit, developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides hints and tips on social media for health messaging. It includes information on getting started using social media, as well as ways to integrate social media into communication campaigns.

 Marketing to youth

 

Marketing to youth in a digital age: the promotion of unhealthy products and health promoting behaviours on social media

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.

 Social media MJA

 

Social media: new links for Indigenous health

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.


Mothers and babies

Brochures, posters and booklets
Butt out for baby 

Butt out for baby

This booklet provides health and community workers with information to educate young parents about the effects of smoking whilst pregnant.

Stay strong and healthy

Stay strong and healthy: pregnancy resources for Aboriginal women

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.

 

 

Tobacco during pregnancy

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding 

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.

Let's make their world smoke free

Let's make their world smoke-free

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.

Strong babies

Strong babies

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.

SIDS

Reducing the risk of SIDS

This brochure was developed to provide information on SIDS. It outlines four steps to follow in reducing the risk of SIDS.

Why is smoking a problem

Why is smoking a problem when you are pregnant? 

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.

Smoking and pregnancy

Pregnancy and 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.

Videos
Strong boorais 

Strong boorais, bright futures - keeping healthy during pregnancy

This 18-minute video provides information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on smoking, alcohol and other drug use while pregnant and breastfeeding. 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, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The video was produced by the Australian Drug Foundation, in collaboration with The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

No smokes

Smoking and pregnancy

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.

Mobile applications
Quit for you quit for two 

Quit for you, Quit for two

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.


Adolescence/school-based education and awareness activities

Frank's challenge 

Frank's challenge

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.

 No smokes study guide

 

No Smokes study guides

These study guides developed by Menzies School of Health Research 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.

No smokes health workers

No Smokes health worker guides

This resource package developed by Menzies School of Health Research 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.

No smokes resources

No Smokes resources and fact sheets

This online resource package was designed by Menzies School of Health Research specifically for young Aboriginal and Torres Islander people to provide information about quitting smoking. The website includes interactive activities, videos and downloadable tools.


Pharmacology

NRT and champix 

NRT and Champix factsheet for people working with Aboriginal clients

This factsheet was developed by Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council 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).

Medicines

Medicines to help you stop smoking

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.

Medicines

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.

NRT

What do we know about the success of nicotine replacement therapy and other medicines for quitting? 

This factsheet provides facts about NRT and its effectiveness as a tool for quitting, as well as other medicines for quitting.

Motion graphic on nicotine replacement therapy

This 2-minute video provides information on the medicines available to help people to quit smoking.


Brief intervention

Brief intervention 

CEITC fact sheet series for health workers 

This series of factsheets was developed by the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control 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.

 Make smoking history

 

Make Smoking History: for community services

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.

How smoking makes you sick

How smoking makes you sick 

The resources; Follow the path to a healthy body, Links between tobacco, heart disease and stroke and How smoking makes you sick support health workers explain to clients the links between tobacco, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It contains clear illustrations demonstrating the effects of tobacco on health and tips for how to follow the path to a healthy body. The resources were produced by the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.

smoking cessation

Smoking cessation

This three page guide was developed for health workers as a guide 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. The guide was produced by Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) and WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Kimberley.

RACGP

Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals [updated July 2014]

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. The guidelines are produced by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).


Counselling and smoking cessation information

 

Tobacco

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.

 

CEITC top tips series for health workers

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.

 

Smoking

This flyer, produced by the Heart Foundation, 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.

 

Sick lung strong lung story

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. It was developed by the General Practice Network NT.

 

Incredible Nixons

This resource is an online comic promoting smoking cessation and discussing the harmful effects of tobacco for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The resource was produced by Inception Strategies, with funding from the Department of Health.

 

Nana Bill's party

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. The resource was produced by Inception Strategies, with funding from the Department of Health and North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health.

 

Cost calculator (smoking)

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.

 

Time to stop or slow down? Your local health staff can help

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.

 

 Galambila smoking cessation

This short video demonstrates the purpose of the Quick Health Check - Smoking Referral Cessation Process, which is an initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The video demonstrates what patients can expect and how to prepare for an effective consultation with a health professional. It was produced by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) for Galambila Smoking Cessation.

 

Smokerlyzer breath CO test results

This resource is a quick guide for assessing the results from a Smokerlyzer test. It provides information on what the levels of carbon monoxide mean, information on how it can harm the body, and the health problems caused by carbon monoxide. The guide was produced by Covita.


Quitline

 

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

 

Want to quit smoking? Call the Quitline to talk to an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor

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.

 

Did you know about the Quitline?

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.

 

Western Australian Quitline Aboriginal liaison project resource package

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.

 

Tobacco free family

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.

 

My QuitBuddy

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.

 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellors

This two-minute video provides information on Quitline, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellors.


Using physical activity to enhance quit rates

 

Exercise away the urge to smoke

This online resource from Everyday Health 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.

 

Stop smoking exercise plan

This online resource from Fitness Blender 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 do.

 

First brain study reveals benefits of exercise on quitting smoking

This article provides a summary of research from the United Kingdom, which shows how exercise reduces cigarette cravings. The research was conducted by the University of Exeter.

Exercise and quitting smoking

This factsheet explains the benefits of exercise when you are trying to quit smoking, and provides some tips to add exercise into your day. It was produced by Nutrition Australia.


Cold turkey

 

Cancer Institute of NSW: I can quit website

The I can quit web resource, a part of Quitline, 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.

 

Quit smoking support: the cold turkey approach to quitting smoking

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.

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Last updated: 22 August 2017
 
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