What we do
The Nunkuwarrin Yunti Tackling Tobacco Team works with our community to reduce smoking among Aboriginal people in Adelaide by increasing awareness of the impacts of smoking on individuals and the community and support community members on their quitting journey.
By engaging the Aboriginal community in our programs and activities, we aim to:
- Prevent the uptake of smoking among young Aboriginal people by engaging them to understand the impacts of smoking on their dreams and future, through social media, school activities and events;
- Reduce smoking among Aboriginal adults by encouraging them to hear people’s stories about the impacts of smoking on individuals and the community, and to rewrite their own story by getting help to quit smoking through Nunkuwarrin Yunti or other quit smoking programs.
- Stop women from smoking whilst pregnant, and improve parent’s understanding of the impacts of smoking on unborn and new babies.
- Promote the importance of a smoke free environment in the home, workplaces and public areas such as sporting fields and parks.
The Nunkuwarrin Yunti Tackling Tobacco Team community commissioned Ochre Dawn and local artist Allan Sumner to develop a piece of artwork that told the story of the Tackling Tobacco Team and the journey we are taking with our community to Be Healthy, Be Smokefree.
About Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia
Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia was initiated in the 1960s by the late Mrs Gladys Elphick, who founded the Council of Aboriginal Women of SA, one of the first Aboriginal organisations in South Australia.
First incorporated in 1971, Nunkuwarrin Yunti has evolved from the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Aboriginal Community Centre of South Australia, and the Aboriginal Community Recreation and Health Services Centre of South Australia.
Our name was adopted from the dialects of the two largest clans in the southern region – Ngarrindjeri and Narungga to represent the community, the services and the spirit in which they are provided.
Nunkuwarrin Yunti means ‘Working Together – Doing Right Together’ and proclaims our belief of one community sharing a united vision for the future.
This simple belief has seen Nunkuwarrin Yunti at the forefront of initiatives to improve the health, life expectancy and lifestyle prospects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.