Closing the gap in Indigenous smoking rates via the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking
Despite a decreasing Australia-wide trend in smoking rates, the rates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population remain disproportionately high. In this population, smoking is the most preventable cause of poor health and low life expectancy, and contributes to chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. To close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the high rate of smoking must be addressed.
As part of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet’s commitment to Closing the Gap, we are involved in the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) as a consortium member. The NBPU TIS is a part of the larger re-designed Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme, which is a targeted initiative to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates.
The HealthInfoNet, as part of the NBPU, is responsible for the development of the TIS portal, which has been developed for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Workers, and other people working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit or reduce their smoking. The portal has a focus on local needs, and will support locally-designed approaches, such as programs, services and activities.
This presentation will cover the key features of the TIS portal, including:
- Toolkit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TTIS)
- Workforce information, such as job opportunities, funding sources, organisations, as well as events
- Resources such as videos, health promotion and health practice, as well as descriptions of other successful programs
- Social media, which includes a Yarning place, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin, which will enable the TIS workforce to network, support and mentor, and importantly, disseminate information.
The presentation will go into detail about how the TIS portal will support the TIS workforce in their efforts to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates.