Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) - Innovation

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) - The Balaang and Binjilaang -Aboriginal Women Tobacco Intervention Project

The Balaang and Binjilaang – Aboriginal Women Tobacco Intervention project supports and encourages women to reduce their smoking levels. The project runs alongside Waminda’s ‘Dead, or Deadly?!’ program which creates a network of women who support and motivate each other to choose positive lifestyle habits. Waminda understands that it is challenging to change habits that may have been part of your life for many years. This is why Waminda’s ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking’ (TIS) and ‘Dead, or Deadly?!’ programs work well together, supporting women to change their long term habits towards smoking less and increasing exercise and healthy eating.

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Improving lifestyle habits is also important for chronic disease prevention and management. We know that smoking can have many negative effects on your health, which is why Waminda’s TIS worker assists women to reduce smoking levels and increase quit attempts to achieve better health outcomes. TIS and ‘Dead, or Deadly?!’ chronic disease prevention & management and healthy lifestyle program model operates using a culturally safe framework for Aboriginal women within the Bega, Shoalhaven and Illawarra areas. Waminda has partnered with Katungal, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation (CUAC) and the University of Wollongong to deliver the program in a collaborative and comprehensive regional approach.

Eligibility: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women living in the Shoalhaven, Illawarra or Bega regions. Our primary target includes teenage women smokers, pregnant smokers and women smokers of child-bearing age.

For further information please contact the; Shoalhaven & Illawarra 'Dead, or Deadly?!' Team, or Waminda TIS worker on (02) 4421 7400.