Cancer Council SA provides free smoking cessation training across Australia for those who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Quitskills is a nationally recognised smoking cessation training program funded as part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Closing the Gap Federal Government initiative. The training provides participants with the confidence to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to think about their smoking and support them with any changes they wish to make.
Quitskills training delivery
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Quitskills team are currently adapting the Quitskills training program to online platforms.
To find out more on how we are continuing to provide services and support throughout the COVID-19 (germ) crisis visit our Aboriginal Quitline and COVID-19 page.
You can download online resources to share and display within your communities here.
Quitskills was developed in 2012 in response to the significantly higher smoking rate—and consequent poor health outcomes and lower life expectancy—among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Over the past six years, the program has been delivered nationally to over 1,200 Aboriginal Health Workers and health professionals who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Smoke-free initiatives such as this have played a key role in driving smoking cessation rates down over the past 20 years, with recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) noting that smoking rates among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has fallen by 22 per cent in this time.
Four training programs are now being offered:
- Quitskills brief intervention training for Tackling Indigenous Smoking
- Quitskills for Remote Communities
- Quitskills for Youth Workers
- Quitskills for Maternal Health Workers in Remote Communities
Participants will be issued with a statement of attainment from Aboriginal Health Council SA (RTO 40142) for units of competency upon successful completion. You will also receive a Quitskills merchandise pack promoting your knowledge as a quit smoking professional.
Quitskills courses are run by Cancer Council SA with training available in locations right around Australia.
Meet the Team
Meet the team that delivers Quitskills training across Australia.
If you would like further information about Quitskills or are interested in hosting group training, please contact us on 08 8291 4146 or email@example.com.