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Targeted recruitment for greater diversity

18 July 2017

Proactive recruitment of Aboriginal nurses and midwives has resulted in 24 graduate positions across Western Australia (WA) being offered in 2017, nearly double the number offered in 2016.
 

More Indigenous midwives equals strong cultural connection for mothers and babies: expert

12 July 2017

There are calls for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives as experts say Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers-to-be connect on a deeper level with midwives from the same race.
 

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

3 July 2017

On Tuesday 27 June 2017, Assistant Minister, Gillespie announced that the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) will be delivered by a consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies (RWA's), led by Health Workforce Queensland.
 

Aboriginal superhero empowering the next generation of smoke-free ambassadors

29 June 2017

A new book for pre-school children aims to increase awareness about the hazards of smoking among Aboriginal people in Victoria.
 

New policy timeline to inform the Indigenous AOD sector

29 June 2017

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) have added an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) policy timeline to the site.
 

Funding win for Aboriginal health

26 June 2017

Local Aboriginal families with young children will benefit from new services after Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service, Whyalla, South Australia, was successful in gaining a $500,000 grant earlier this month.
 

New Dubbo-based campaign to reduce Indigenous smoking

2 June 2017

A new Dubbo-based campaign has been launched to address smoking rates in this New South Wales (NSW) community, prompted by national data showing almost 41% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 15 smoke daily.
 

Make Smoking History - From Every Quitter Campaign

22 May 2017

On Sunday 28 May 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) will air From Every Quitter.
 

Budget 2017-18: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

10 May 2017

To assist you in finding Budget information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has made the task easier for you.
 

Aboriginal midwives walk to close the gap in healthcare in Indigenous communities

4 May 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives led by Leona McGrath, Indigenous Health Advisor, New South Wales (NSW) Government and Dr Donna Hartz from the National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney will walk through Redfern, Sydney, on Friday 5 May to celebrate International Day for the Midwife and highlight a number of key issues in the sector.
 

New portal helping to reduce tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

1 May 2017

The Preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternal Smoking (PATSIMS) portal is designed to improve access to information, resources, support and training for health professionals addressing tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, new mothers, and their families.
 

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.
 

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

New approach to tackling Indigenous smoking amongst Aboriginal women

22 November 2016

Rural Health West have received funding for a new research project in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), that will take an innovative approach to tackling smoking amongst Aboriginal women.
 

New tobacco legislation introduced in Western Australia to reduce harms

16 November 2016

Health Minister, The Hon John Day has announced a suite of legislative changes set to reinforce Western Australia's tough stance on tobacco control.
 

All-female Indigenous rugby league team backs Quit for New Life in light of startling figures

13 October 2016

Female rugby league players from the Mt Druitt area, New South Wales, are tackling the issue of smoking among pregnant Indigenous women.
 

Opinion: how to close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal smoking

22 July 2016

Dr Gillian Sandra Gould, a Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Cancer Institute of New South Wales' (CINSW) Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research at the University of Newcastle, is conducting research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who smoke during pregnancy.
 

Amplifying the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rural health professionals

1 June 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes the important voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives and health workers to its membership.   The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) join the now 38-member strong Alliance of key national bodies working to improve rural and remote health in Australia.
 

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Make smoking history: Last dance

11 May 2016

On Sunday 15 May, Make smoking history will air the Western Australia (WA) campaign Last dance.
 

WANADA Strong spirit strong mind award winners announced

10 May 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of Western Australia Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) Strong spirit strong mind awards.
 

New anti-smoking campaign aims to close the gap

2 May 2016

The Australian Government has launched the Don't make smokes your story advertising campaign as the next phase of its $10 million plan to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) update: national grant recipients

26 April 2016

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regional tobacco control grants aim to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through population health activities to reduce tobacco use.
 

Public Health Week sets focus on crucial topics and encourages discussion

1 April 2016

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is encouraging people to get involved in this year’s Public Health Week, which runs from 4-8 April 2016.
 

Aboriginal Quitline unveils new logo

18 March 2016

Aboriginal Quitline, a safe space to yarn about smoking and smoking cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians, has unveiled a new logo in time for National Close the gap day.
 

Funding cuts force closure of award winning Aboriginal maternity care program in WA

7 March 2016

Moort boodjari mia has been operating in Western Australia (WA) since 2011 and has won awards for its work in helping Indigenous women through their pregnancies.
 

Indigenous Australians’ health programme Tackling Indigenous smoking programme innovation grants

16 February 2016

The Department of Health wishes to advise that an Approach to Market (ATM) was released on Monday, 15 February 2016 for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Innovation Grants which may be of interest to your organisation/institution.
 

New Closing the gap annual reports show limited progress in meeting targets

10 February 2016

Two critical reports were released this week, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2016, and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.
 

New Make smoking history Sponge campaign

9 February 2016

On Sunday 14 February 2016 Make Smoking History will air the West Australian state-wide campaign Sponge.
 

Study reveals effects of plain packaging on tobacco products among Australian Indigenous people

11 January 2016

Following the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products in 2012, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 12% less likely to think certain tobacco brands were less harmful than others, a new study found.
 

Telethon-Perth children's hospital research fund call for applications

9 December 2015

Applications for the fourth round of the Telethon-Perth children’s hospital research fund are now being accepted.
 

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award

8 December 2015

The winner of the 2015 Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award is Professor Sandra Eades, Domain Head of Aboriginal Health and Disadvantaged Communities at Baker IDIHeart and Diabetes Institute.
 

Focus, funding and Aboriginal educators key to stopping Indigenous smoking

19 November 2015

Indigenous man, Joseph Knuth had been smoking for 34 years, since he was 12 years old. He gave up 10 days ago, after seeing far too many friends and family members die from lung cancer.
 

Remote mothers take control of drinking during pregnancy

18 November 2015

Pregnant mothers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) have eliminated or reduced their intake of alcohol in a positive change of direction since the region was found to have the world's highest rates of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in findings published earlier this year.
 

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.
 

New web resource to help reduce harmful tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

19 October 2015

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre today launched a tobacco section which will support efforts to reduce harmful tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Neonatal program helped Indigenous mums

22 September 2015

A maternity program using Aboriginal grandmothers led to greatly improved health outcomes for Indigenous mothers and their babies.
 

Second National partnership agreement on Indigenous early childhood development report released

17 September 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released their second annual report for the National partnership agreement on Indigenous early childhood development.
 

Make smoking history new web resource for community services in Western Australia

9 September 2015

Cancer Council Western Australia have launched their new web resource, Make smoking history: for community services, which provides information and support for people who work with at-risk groups to start the conversation on quitting smoking.
 

PAMSWA Baseline Survey Evaluation Report

3 September 2015

The Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking WA (PAMSWA) project was established in June 2015 and involved the development of an online portal and yarning place to provide coordinated access to information, resources, tools and training on preventing maternal tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Western Australia (WA).
 

Expression of Interest for Quitskills training South Hedland

4 August 2015

Cancer Council South Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Prevention Team have received funding to continue delivering the Quitskills program in 2015/16.
 

Program aims to cut Indigenous smoking

29 July 2015

​As the Federal Government seeks to raise the average lifespan of Indigenous individuals closer to levels enjoyed by the rest of the population, smoking remains under the gun, blamed for one-fifth of the Indigenous death rate.
 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet launches new portal to tackle Aboriginal maternal smoking in WA

29 June 2015

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, has partnered with Curtin University, the Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit and Healthway for the launch today of a new online portal supporting the prevention of tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal women in Western Australia (WA).
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates drop below 40%

Smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have recently dropped below 40%, with a third of those who have previously smoked having successfully quit, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.
 

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