05 July 2013
Cancer Council SA has welcomed the news that Quit SA (a program of Cancer Council SA) has been successful in winning the contract to provide Quitline services to the Northern Territory.
From this week, Quit SA has extended its support network to include the Northern Territory, confirming the quality of the local service.
A strong national response was received following calls for expressions of interest to provide the Quitline service.
“This is a wonderful result for Quit SA and our local Quitline team. To receive the tender ahead of other providers confirms the quality and reputation of our local service,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“The professionalism and dedication of the Quit SA team to help people give up smoking is undoubtedly reflected in this decision.
“Quitline has had a strong focus on continuous improvement across all areas of its operations, including the addition of an Aboriginal Quitline Liaison Officer and two Aboriginal Quitline Counsellors.
“Delivering this service to Northern Territory smokers will provide a valuable opportunity to further develop the team’s expertise in providing support, while also implementing anti-smoking initiatives and prevention messages to the local community.”
In addition, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Prevention Team are providing Quitskills training for NT Tobacco Action Workers and Alcohol and Other Drugs staff in the next few months.
Coinciding with the new tender, prisons throughout the Northern Territory have gone smoke free from 1 July, with Quitline expected to provide ongoing assistance to those requiring support.
Recent data released by the State Government revealed South Australian smoking rates have declined by more than four per cent in the past two years to 16.2% this year.
“Our statistics indicate that smokers utilising the Quitline are twice as likely to successfully quit,” Professor Wilson added.
Anyone wanting advice on how to quit smoking should call the Quitline on 13 7848 or visit www.quitsa.org.au.