Smoking rates in Aboriginal communities in Australia are more than double the rest of the population, but the Aboriginal Quitline is aiming to close the gap.
Photo: Tamworth Aborigninal Medical Service are helping their community tackle smoking, referring people to the Aboriginal Quitline.
“Smoking remains one of the biggest killers of our mob,” says Rebecca Hyland, NSW Aboriginal Quitline Coordinator.
“The work the NSW Aboriginal Quitline does on a day to day basis is so important in supporting our communities to achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
16 March was National Close the Gap Day, Australia’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign.
Aboriginal people die between 10 and 17 years younger than other Australians, and when it comes to cancer there is higher risk and poorer health outcomes in many instances.
Through the NSW Aboriginal Quitline, however, the Cancer Institute NSW is supporting reducing the cancer risk in Aboriginal communities.
A free, culturally sensitive and confidential service, the NSW Aboriginal Quitline is individually tailored to help Aboriginal people in the process of quitting smoking.
Aboriginal Advisors provide tips on how to quit smoking, help make a plan, and act as a general support throughout the entire process.
They can help manage withdrawals and cravings, and provide information about quit medications and products.
“I’m proud to say the NSW Aboriginal Quitline is working towards closing the gap in health for our many diverse communities across NSW,” Rebecca Hyland says.
“Our communities are so diverse, it’s important we work together in delivering services.”
Tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW, but the NSW Aboriginal Quitline can help to improve Aboriginal health outcomes.
- Call the NSW Aboriginal Quitline on 13 7848, Monday – Friday: 7am to 10:30pm, and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9am to 5pm.
For more information, visit iCanQuit.
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