New ‘shisha no thanks’ campaign encourages communities to know the harms of shisha smoking

The state’s Chief Cancer Officer today launched the new campaign ‘Shisha No Thanks’ urging communities to be aware of the harms of smoking shisha, also known as water-pipe.

Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor David Currow said it was important for people to understand smoking shisha is as dangerous to a person’s health as smoking cigarettes.

“A person who smokes shisha is at risk of the same health problems that a person who smokes cigarettes faces, including cancer and respiratory illness. A typical 45 minute long waterpipe smoking session involves inhaling as much smoke as 100 cigarettes.

Even if the shisha does not contain tobacco, it is not safe to smoke. While these products, also called ‘herbal shisha’, may not contain the nicotine in tobacco, the smoke contains highly toxic substances. The addition of fruit flavouring and sweeteners does not reduce the harmful effects of the smoke.

Smoking remains the largest cause of preventable death and disease in NSW.

The Multicultural Health Service of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District were awarded a grant by the Cancer Institute NSW to the value of $386,000 last year to lead a community-based project in Sydney, in partnership with the Lebanese Muslim Association urging shisha smokers to be aware of the harms of shisha. The initiative has been collaboration with the Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts, the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) and the South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub, University of NSW.

Lisa Woodland, Manager, Priority Populations and Director, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service said the project will include a number of strategies aimed at young people, their friends, family and social networks, particularly from the Arabic speaking community, through a social media campaign, information sessions and culturally appropriate community resources and social media and community engagement activities.

“We have co-designed with young people relevant resources including a ‘Shisha No Thanks’ video and a number of factsheets in English and Arabic that will help raise awareness about the health effects of shisha smoking,” added Ms Woodland.

“Tobacco is harmful and addictive no matter how you smoke it. It may seem that that shisha is not as bad for you as cigarettes because the tobacco is flavoured and passed through water, but this simply isn’t true.”

Ahmad Malas, Operations Director of the Lebanese Muslim Association, joined the call for people to avoid all forms of tobacco.

“Contrary to centuries-old perceptions, shisha is just as harmful as cigarettes. The fruity taste only masks the tobacco and does not make it a healthier alternative to cigarettes. Even though shisha has become socially accepted, people don’t need it to have a good time,” Mr Malas said.

People who smoke shisha can get support to quit by calling the Quitline on 13 7848 or visiting

About | Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation

The Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation was founded in 2013. Established by a group of former residents of the Cootamundra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal Girls (1912-1969).

The Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation aims to meet the social, emotional and spiritual well being support needs of former residents, their families and descendants in a practical manner. 

2019 Wollongong World Festival of Magic!

This year The Woonona Lions Club, along with International Entertainment, is once again hosting a FREE Magic Show for the Special needs and Disadvantaged people of Wollongong and surrounds.

Last year we had over 1500 people attend this fantastic international show.  The smiles on the children’s faces were absolutely priceless! 

The is only due to the help of organisations and schools helping to make this special day possible.  So we are asking once again or if we have contacted you for the first time, please help us in organising this for your children/clients/families by giving them the opportunity to attend.

Please see below for your ticket order form and all the show details.

Tickets Orders are due in by Friday 27th September

If you have any questions about the show please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

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Conference | Disability

This year, The Disability Trust will be hosting the Your Voice Your Choice Self Advocacy Conference for people with a disability, parents and carers, and service providers on 14th and 15th October 2019 at Novotel Northbeach. The theme is choice and control and excitingly will feature Australian Paralympian and media personality, Dylan Alcott OAM as the keynote speaker.

At the Your Voice Your Choice National Self Advocacy Conference, you can learn from others who are leading life their way and getting the most out of their NDIS plans. The Conference will feature a range of topics and workshops that will inform individuals on initiatives within tailoring their NDIS plans to their personal needs.


Australian Childhood Foundation

Our work is love in action and our teams work with children, families, carers and professionals who share our passion and hope for these children. We apply the evidence from neuroscience to help children heal from the hurt of abuse and neglect; we promote and build stable and secure relationships for all children; we work in partnership to have a collective impact on the lives of traumatised children and families; we are relentless in advocating for the needs of children and we educate and empower communities to safeguard children.