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Quitline Enhancement Project

In December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership between all levels of Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities to Close the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP) is the Australian Government’s contribution to the Indigenous Health National Partnership Agreement (NPA). Commencing in 2009–10, the package provides funding of $805.5 million over four years for preventative health, more coordinated and patient-focused primary health care and an expanded Indigenous health workforce. It also recognises that chronic disease and associated risk factors are responsible for about two-thirds of the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking Priority aims to reduce smoking rates and promote active healthy lifestyles. Under this measure, funding has been provided to enhance existing Quitline services to be culturally sensitive and effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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How Quitline can help you

The Quitline offers a free and confidential telephone advisory service that allows clients to speak with counsellors, who are trained in Cultural Awareness, about quitting smoking.

Quitline provides:

  • Support for smokers planning to quit
  • Information on quitting methods and planning a quit attempt
  • Strategies for coping with withdrawals/cravings and getting through difficult situations
  • Tips for managing stress and weight gain
  • Information on Medicines and Nicotine Replacement Therapy options
  • Call-back service

To refer a client to the Quitline click here quitline referral>