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  • 4 June 2018

    Terrie’s Tips’ - Record your voice for loved ones while you still can 

    Make Smoking History (MSH) Campaign Newsletter – June 2018 From Sunday 3 June MSH will air ‘Terrie’s Tips’ for the first time in Western Australia. Terrie’s Tips was produced by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States in 2011 and features former smoker Terrie Hall. Terrie started smoking in high school and didn’t quit until she was diagnosed with oral and throat cancer in 2001. She was only 40 years old. In a series of confronting television commercials which graphically display the debilitating impact of tobacco related-cancer, Terrie uses an artificial voice box to offer advice to people that are yet to quit smoking. As each ad concludes the viewer learns that cancer from smoking killed Terrie when she was 53 years old. Her last ad was filmed just days before she died.

    The campaign will run from Sunday 3 June to Saturday 11 August 2018, with TV advertisements appearing on metropolitan, regional and Indigenous networks. This will be complemented by advertising on metropolitan and regional radio stations, digital and out-of-home channels, including shopping centres. Reaching people who are at a greater risk of smoking A portion of the digital advertising will target Aboriginal people and people of low socio-economic status. This will be achieved through the targeted placement of advertisements on social media and within shopping centres located in low social ecomomic status areas to reach these audiences. The Terrie’s Tips advertisements will also air on Goolarri TV, ICTV and Noongar Radio. All campaign advertising will drive people to the MSH campaign website. You can watch the three television  ads from the campaign on the MSH YouTube channel. Support for smokers Are you ready to quit now? Here are some ways to get started: * Download the free My QuitBuddy app * Visit

    * Call the Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT)

    * Chat to your GP, Aboriginal Health Worker or pharmacist * If you’re a parent-to-be, download the free Quit for You - Quit for Two app Further information If you have any enquiries concerning the campaign, please contact: Sarah Beasley | Make Smoking History Campaign Coordinator Cancer Council Western Australia Ph: (08) 9388 4370 or Email:

    View the ads here:

  • 26 September 2017

    Check out this latest news on the SISTAQUIT project Smoking rates among pregnant Indigenous women tackled in major research project

  • 24 May 2017

    Hi PATSIMS members, 

    Check out this new video No more nyumree - designed to help Aboriginal people quit smoking. It discusses the No More Nyumree program, a culturally appropriate support program for Aboriginal people living in the Wheatbelt area of Western Australia (WA). 

    Kind regards


    PATSIMS Coordinator

  • 13 April 2016

    Hi PATSIMS readers,

    Check out this journal article: How will we close the gap in smoking rates for pregnant Indigenous women? that has just been added to the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet database.

  • 7 April 2016

    Check out this new health promotion resource for pregnant women: Alcohol, other drug and pregnancy 

  • 5 April 2016

    Check out this new tobacco cessation program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Pilbara region of WA. Puyu Paki (Don't smoke - Give it up) also has a audiovisual link for a television advertisement which raises awareness of the risks associated with smoking tobacco.

  • 8 March 2016

    Hi PATSIMS readers,

    This is an update from the Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking WA portal on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource requesting support for the Aboriginal maternal program Moort boodjari mia who are due to lose funding support in June 2016, read about it here.. A petition has been started to bring attention to its plight. Pease pledge your support and sign the petition for this worthy cause:


  • 9 February 2016

    A new Make smoking history campaign will launch on Sunday 14 February 2016. The campaign will use sponges as a powerful graphic image to show negative health effects have the greatest impact on adult smokers. For more information about the campaign visit the Make smoking history website.

  • 28 January 2016

    Hi PAMSWA members,

    Here is an update from the Preventing Aboriginal Maternal Smoking WA yarning place on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. The Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking WA post evaluative survey was launched on the 18 January 2016 and runs to the 19 February. Many thanks to recipients who have completed the survey. So far 20 people have started the survey and 18 have completed it.

    The PAMSWA portal is designed to facilitate easy access for maternal and child health professionals and other health professionals to the latest information and resources to help prevent maternal smoking among pregnant mothers and their families and communites. The post evaluative survey is an important means to establish whether the portal has been useful to users and therefore your participation in completing the survey would greatly benefit this vital cause.

    Please take the time (approx 12 minutes) to complete the survey by following this link: to provide feedback that will guide the future of this essential project.


    Kind regards,

    Trish O'Hara

    PAMSWA Coordinator

    Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

  • 7 January 2016

    Hi PAMSWA readers,

    Happy New Year to you all. Here is the first update for 2016 from the Preventing Aboriginal Maternal Smoking WA yarning place on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet about subscribing to the WA Aboriginal Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership Group newsletter.

    Please follow the link to subscribe to the Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership E-news and read the second edition e-newletter designed to work towards a unified state-wide strategy to effectively address smoking among Aboriginal communities.

    Kind regards,

    Trish O'Hara
    PAMSWA Coordinator
    Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet