Wheatbelt Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Program – Ngamari Free

About the program

Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service team
Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service team
Wheatbelt region map

Wheatbelt Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program is a federally funded program that takes a culturally safe approach to reducing the impact of smoking on the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal people in the Wheatbelt. This includes engaging with the community, collaborating with other organisations, empowering others to support clients to quit, providing referrals to quit supports, and supporting smoke-free environments. The priority populations that we work with include those with a chronic condition, young people, Boodjari Yorga’s (Pregnant Women) and Men.

The Wheatbelt is a highly complex geographical region that contains 43 local government areas, 27 hospitals, 73 towns and an Aboriginal population that is diverse and includes Noongar, Balladong, Yuat, Willman and Nyaki Nyaki people (all spellings have been advised by local Elders but it is acknowledged that at times these may differ within groups). The Aboriginal population is also scattered throughout the Wheatbelt contributing to 6% of the total population of 77,780 (2016 Census). TIS operate from a base of Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service (WAHS) in Northam and have staff within the Primary Health Teams in Merredin, Moora and Narrogin.

Ultimately the team aim to promote and strengthen the Tackling Indigenous Smoking message in order to create an Ngamari Free (smoke free) future for all Aboriginal people living in the Wheatbelt.

Our 'Ngamari Free' logo

The Wheatbelt Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) team created the slogan "Ngamari Free" in consultation with community, elders and a Noongar linguist. The logo incorporates elements from a design competition, and includes four lung-shaped icons which represent the four districts of the Wheatbelt region. The logo also incorporates Noongar language and translates to Smoke Free, which encompasses the broad range of population health approaches the team use.

We understand the Noongar language is traditionally a spoken language, and have consulted the Noongar Dictionary, elders and a Noongar language expert. We respect the diversity of the Noongar language in our vast region, and acknowledge the many different dialects and alternative spellings of ngamari, nyumree and ngummarree.

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Support to quit

If you want to yarn about your smoking or want to support someone else, there are lots of people that can help.

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No More Ngamari

‘No More Smokes’ is a free culturally appropriate quit smoking program, providing support and free nicotine replacement therapy. Call Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service on 9690 2888.

Wheatbelt Quit Smoking Program logo

Wheatbelt Quit Smoking Program

Free local support and tailored advice on quitting methods, medications and strategies to manage withdrawals. Call Wheatbelt Public Health Unit on 9622 4320.

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Quitline

Aboriginal Quitline advisors provide a private and confidential yarning service, listening to your story and offering support and strategies to quit or cut down. Call Quitline on 13 78 48.

Health professional

Discuss quitting smoking with your GP and health professional.

Resources

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Brochures

Brochures have been developed to communicate information about the harms of smoking and the support to quit in a culturally appropriate way. These include:

Animated clips

A suite of education clips about the health effects of smoking and support available to quit have been developed. The clips were created featuring Noongar voices and we are looking at opportunities to share these across the Wheatbelt. Meet Frank, Trevor, Debbie and Grandma Jo and hear their stories on the links below!

'Drop that Smoke' music video

Young People are a priority for the TIS team and our key message is to "keep your future, healthy, happy and smoke free!" The team partnered with Indigenous Hip Hop Project, Merredin College, Kellerberrin District High School and Avon Youth to work with 25 young people to develop a 'Drop that Smoke' music video. Over the four days during the school holidays they created a song, produced and filmed the music video.

Cast and crew of Drop that Smoke music video

Merchandise

A range of resources has been created to help spread Ngamari Free message. This merchandise varies from cups, travel mugs, clothing, baby bags, night lights, key chains, pens, banners, educational resources and signage.

Resources can be ordered by contacting the TIS team at Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service 9690 2888 or emailing wachs-wheatbelt_aboriginalhealthservice@health.wa.gov.au.

Signage

The TIS team have led the way to developing a suite of culturally appropriate no smoking signage and stickers. This signage is suitable for health services, community organisations, workplaces, homes and cars and will be rolled out across the Wheatbelt based on an expression of interest by contacting wachs-wheatbelt_aboriginalhealthservice@health.wa.gov.au.

"No smoking anywhere on these grounds" – A4 outdoor signs (in purple only)
"No Smoking" – A5 stickers (in blue only)
"Please smoke 5 metres away from our entrance" – A5 stickers (in brown only)
"This home is smoke free" – A5 stickers (in blue, magenta, purple and green)
"This car is smoke free" – Bumper stickers (in blue, magenta, purple and green)

News

Engaging with the community, collaborating with other organisations to create smoke free events is important to enhance the reach of our TIS messaging. The TIS team pride themselves in being proactive and creating culturally appropriate events and activities. Find out more about what the team has been up to below:

DateTitleSource
14 November 2019 Drop that smoke video spreads smoke-free message WACHS
10 October 2019 Solid as a rock Narrogin Observer
13 September 2019 Helping mums be more healthy The West Australian
6 September 2019 Quitting smoking in style The West Australian
29 August 2019 Narrogin’s 'No more Ngamari' ball a success in taking a fresh and fancy approach to tackling smoking WACHS

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Contact the team

WA Country Health Service - Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health

Address: 65 Wellington St, Northam
Phone: 9690 2888
Fax: 9990 2850
Email: wachs-wheatbelt_aboriginalhealthservice@health.wa.gov.au

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