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Beyond Today...it's up to you

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Beyond Today...it's up to you is a community-based social marketing campaign to promote tobacco cessation and healthy lifestyle behaviours among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the ACT and surrounding regions.

The development of this campaign is a key component of the ACT Implementation Plan for the COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Outcomes as well as our Implementation Plan for the national measure up campaign under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health. In 2008 the ACT Government made a commitment to reduce smoking rates which led to the development of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tobacco Control Strategy 2010-2014.

The campaign features local members of the community telling stories about their motivations to live a healthy lifestyle across a range of materials, including: posters, brochures, short videos and songs created and performed by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.


  • Media Release by Dr Chris Bourke, Member for Ginninderra, Monday 3 December 2012 - click here

Local champions

  • Aunty Agnes Shea is a Ngunnawal Elder;
  • Benny Hodges is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descendant from Far North Queensland;
  • Roxy Brown is a proud Muruwari women from Brewarrin, NSW;
  • Aunty Agnes Shea, Chenisha Drazevich and Selina Walker are a proud Ngunnawal family from the ACT;
  • Dion, Dante', D'shonetea' and Sienna Devow descend from the Budda Budda Wadamai/Mambarra and Darnley/Murray Islands peoples;
  • Selina Walker is a proud Ngunnawal women;
  • Kiescha Jamieson is a proud Wongi Nyoongah/Pitjantjatjarra/Gommilliroi women;
  • Tiana Tembery-Thornton is a proud young Yuin women; and
  • Calvin Huddleston is a proud descendant of the Kalkadoon and Wiradjuri, Ngandi, Gurunji peoples.

Resource materials

Campaign resources provide 'how to' information for those wanting assistance to make behaviour changes and complement existing information and services available.

Download: Beyond Today...its up to you - Brochures (Elder and Families) (PDF File - 1552k)
Beyond Today...its up to you - Posters (Elders, Families and Young People) (PDF File - 3241k)


Download: Story transcript (PDF format) (PDF File - 319k)
Story transcripts (Word format) (Microsoft Word Document - 2066k)


To order resources, please download the Resource Order Form below.

Download: Beyond Today...its up to you - Resource Order Form (pdf format) (PDF File - 537k)

For more information

  • Call Quitline on 13 7848. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counsellors are available;
  • Call Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service 'No More Boonah Program - Support Group' on 02 6284 6222;
  • Call Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation on 02 6296 8900;
  • Call the Get Heathly Service 'your personal coach' on 1300 806 258;
  • Visit the Medicare Local website on healthy lifestyle programs available in the ACT, click here;
  • Visit your local Child and Family Centre, click here;
  • Visit your local Health Centre or General Practice. Nictine Replacement Therapy (NRT) includes nicotine gum, patches, inhaler and lozenges. Patches are available free to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through your General Practice; and
  • Download My QuitBuddy app which is free on your iPhone, iPad or android phone click here.