In 2016 KAMS and member services were successful in receiving funding for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Program 2016-2018. This has now been extended to 2022.

The TIS program is embedded into member services with TIS teams at BRAMS, DAHS, YYMS and OVAHS. Supporting the TIS teams across the region is the KAMS TIS Regional Coordinator who works with member services and other key stakeholders to ensure the TIS program is consistent across the region, outcome focussed and contributing to an evidence base of what works in Aboriginal smoking cessation.

The TIS Program provides:

  • Community education programs on smoking and its harmful effects.
  • Facilitation of quit support groups.
  • Delivery of Brief intervention training to Aboriginal Medical Service Staff and community professional who a regularly in contact with Aboriginal people.
  • Training and support for workplaces and community spaces to become smoke free.
  • Advocate for smoke-free places at a Regional and National level.

We also develop local smoke free programs and campaigns that are meaningful to Aboriginal people in the Kimberley.

Our goal is to support Aboriginal people to be the healthiest they can be.

Kimberley TIS Contacts

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services

Mandy McSherry – TIS Regional Coordinator

Phone: (08) 9195 2118

Ben De Meo – TIS Remote Project Officer

Phone: (08) 9195 2118

Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Services

Stanley Francis – TIS Educator

Lattrell Matthews – TIS Educator

Ben Phillips – Tobacco Action Worker

Phone: (08) 9192 1338

Derby Aboriginal Health Service

Glenys Gillespie – TIS Educator

Deborah Gordon – TIS Educator

Phone: (08) 9158 2131

Yura Yungi Medical Services

Andrea McCoombe – TIS Educator

Zenneth Cox (AHW study)

Phone: (08) 9168 6266

Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service

Kate Black – TIS Educator

Phone: (08) 9166 2256

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