Smoking is a serious problem within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The prevalence of smoking-related cancer in Aboriginal communities, compared to the rest of the population is three times higher. It is well reported that smoking tobacco is one of the leading causes of death and bad health in indigenous communities. IHHP have worked with many communities across Australia on Tackling Tobacco issues.
IHHP Tackling Tobacco and Anti-Smoking Campaigns
Below are examples of different projects that we have rolled out around Australia targeting the key anti-smoking messages outlined in the attached programme brief.
Miwatj Health – Yaka Buny’djurr Ngarali Campaign 2015 June- August
In May 2015, IHHP partnered with Miwatj Health to work with communities within Arnhem Land to produce five Music Videos. As part of the Yaka Buny’djurr Ngarali campaign with Miwatj Health, the songs were written with young people and community to promote healthy lifestyles. Yaka Buny’djurr Ngarali translates to ‘Don’t Smoke’. Healthy lifestyles choices are about be promoting sport, dance and healthy eating, and promoting health seeking behaviours. We are hoping through this campaign to denormalise tobacco use.
Northern Rivers- Solid Mob “is a smoke-free mob”- Dance Project – July 2015
IHHP trained young leaders from the high school and formed a crew called Solid mob.
IHHP and Solid Mob joined together to tour around the Northern Rivers area, teaching dance workshops throughout all the Primary schools. IHHP enlisted a crew from Casino and South Grafton High School, to join IHHP and help with teaching their local Primary schools. While leading the dance workshops and doing a deadly performance, the young leaders helped out with Solid Mob to teach about the effects of tobacco on young lungs.
These young Bundjalung Leaders are making the Northern Rivers proud.
Menzies No Smokes campaign
IHHP joined forces with Menzies School of Health Research to help with their ‘No Smoke’ website.
IHHP Artists Dallas Woods, Dion Brownfield, Genelle Harris, and Kian Brownfield wrote a deadly anti-smoking song which was performed by Dallas Woods. The song became the theme song to the no smokes on my website. IHHP Dance artists Mathew Prestly and Janita Duncan had two days shooting in front of a green screen to create an interact dance competition between a smoker and a non-smoker.
This was turned into a game whereby people could crop a friend or family members head from a photo and paste it over the artists head and send the link to family members to entice them in a humorous way to quit smoking.
Produced in partnership with Katherine West Health this project was a finalist for the 2015 NIMA awards for best community video of the year.
Katherine West Health Fest
Rockhole in Partnership with Wurli-Wurli Health Service Katherine!
Toowoomba ” Jump” No smoking Dance song
Other IHHP community Projects and Anti-Smoking/ Tackling Tobacco Music Videos