Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) - Regional Tobacco Control Grants (2015-2018)

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking Regional Tobacco Control Grants are aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a variety of population health activities to reduce tobacco use.

Page last updated: 06 July 2016

The regional grants in the revised TIS program will have the following emphasis:

  1. Reducing smoking
    • Resources are directed towards measurable outcomes for tobacco control from prevention of smoking to quitting, and reducing second-hand smoke.
  2. Outcomes focus
    • Rather than focus on the employment of a specific tackling smoking workforce, the focus is on outcomes for reducing smoking rates.
    • Organisations involved in rolling out the program have the flexibility to select evidence based mechanisms and tools to reduce tobacco use within their region, that suit the local context and utilise their strengths.
    • Funded organisations are expected to undertake a multi-level approach to tobacco control, which combines a range of evidence-based tobacco control activities to meet the needs of different population groups within a region.
  3. Delivery by organisations of high capability through competitive processes
    • Allocated through a targeted competitive process, 37 organisations are receiving Regional Tobacco Control Grants.

Intended Program Outcomes

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities encourage community involvement in and support for local tobacco control activities,
  • Increase in community understanding of the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco and the links between tobacco and chronic disease,
  • Improved knowledge, skills and understanding of the health impacts of smoking and pathways to quitting among workers and community leaders including doctors, teachers, Aboriginal Health Workers, community, sport and recreation, youth and AOD workers, nurses and other health professionals, and AMS staff, CEOs and Board members,
  • Promotion of the benefits of never becoming a smoker,
  • Reduction in smoking in cars, homes, workplaces, community areas and events,
  • Reduction in exposure to second-hand smoke,
  • Improved access to targeted support to quit through clinical and non-clinical services,
  • Smokers quit and maintain smoking cessation,
  • Non-smokers continue avoiding uptake,
  • Effective monitoring, evaluation and sharing best practice for tobacco control activities within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,
  • Better evidence on what works to reduce tobacco use within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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