There has never been a better time to quit the smokes. The combination of COVID-19 (germ) and smoking can increase your risk of severe symptoms and put you at a greater risk of getting sick.
Us mob need good lung health now more than ever. The Aboriginal Quitline Team are available to help you give up the smokes for good. Yarn with an Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor today on 13 78 48. Call us to get in touch, or we can call you.
We’re all in this together.
Five ways to stop the spread of COVID-19
There has never been a better time to quit the smokes. Check out our five tips to stop the spread here and protect you and your mob.
Tip 1—Give up the smokes
It’s never too late. The combination of smoking and COVID-19 germ can increase your risk of severe symptoms if you become infected. Have a yarn with an Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor today about how we can help you give up the smokes.
Tip 2—Call us or we’ll call you
Yarn with us about your smoking story and how you’re coping with self-isolation. We’re here to help.
Tip 3—Avoid sharing smokes, lighters or smoke packets
Sharing these items can spread the COVID-19 (germ) so it’s important that you make sure you avoid sharing to protect you and your mob.
Tip 4—Avoid butts or bumpers
Using butts or bumpers may increase your risk of spreading or catching the COVID-19 germ.
Tip 5—Keep our mob safe
Protect our Elders and stay at home. If you’re heading outside, make sure that you keep your distance (two arms lengths) from those around you and smoke away from others.
Download resources to share and display within your local communities below:
In home support
The new temporary MBS telehealth items will allow people to access essential Medicare funded health services in their homes and reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19 within the community.
To find out more about this service visit: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/Factsheet-TempBB.
COVID-19 information and support
- For more information on regarding COVID-19 (germ) contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. This line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide invaluable information to all Australians.
- The best source of reliable local health information for families on remote and regional communities and homelands is your local health clinic. Follow all other COVID-19 (germ) recommendations from the Australian Government, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and/or Aboriginal Health Council within your State or Territory.
- If you feel unwell, do not go to the medical centre or your local hospital. Contact the communicable disease control branch in your local state if you feel unwell.
ACT Health: 02 6205 2155
NSW Health: 1300 066 055
SA Health: 1300 232 272
TAS Health: 1800 671 738
QLD Health: 13 432 584
VIC Health: 1300 651 160
WA Health: 08 922 8588
- It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious, especially now. If you’re feeling particularly distressed because of COVID-19, the new social distancing measures in place or any of the changes in place, SA Health is here to help, with a new COVID-19 (germ) Mental Health Support Line available 8am to 8pm every day. Contact them on 1800 632 753.
- The Northern Land Council has developed 17 short language videos on COVID-19 (germ). For more information visit: www.nlc.org.au.
To stay connected with Quitline and local information relevant your community following the Aboriginal SA/NT Quitline Facebook Page @AboriginalQuitlineSA/NT or the Quitskills Facebook Page @Quitskills.