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. 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 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 five years, the program has been delivered nationally to over 1,200 health professionals who work with Aboriginal clients. Anti-smoking 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 Australia 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.
Three courses 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 TAFE SA for units of competency upon successful completion.
Quitskills courses are run by Cancer Council SA with training available in locations right around Australia.