Frequently Asked Questions:
What was the Quitskills program?
The Quitskills Program was a nationally recognised training program on smoking cessation. The training provided 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. The program was delivered by Cancer Council SA nationally from 2012-2022.
Why has the funding for Quitskills ceased?
The Quitskills Program was funded from 2012-2022, as part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Closing the Gap Federal Government initiative. Despite evaluation of the Program supporting it as a culturally appropriate course that increased skills and confidence among health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke1, a decision was made to redirect funding into other areas of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking initiative.
Is smoking cessation in Aboriginal community still a priority for Cancer Council SA?
Tobacco use is responsible for 12 per cent of the total burden of disease for Indigenous Australians and is the risk factor contributing to the highest disease burden. Additionally, its use accounts for 20 per cent of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.2
Cancer Council SA is committed to tobacco control in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. To subscribe to updates on future initiatives please email AboriginalPrograms@cancersa.org.au
Where can I access information and support resources?
For more information and support resources visit:
Quitting smoking information: https://www.cancersa.org.au/prevention/smoking
E-cigarettes and vaping information: https://www.cancersa.org.au/prevention/smoking/electronic-cigarettes-and-vaping/
Cancer prevention resources for health professionals: https://www.cancersa.org.au/health-professionals/resources/
Quitline information: www.quit.org.au
Quitline resources – order form: https://www.quit.org.au/resource-order-form/
Tackling Indigenous Smoking resources: https://tacklingsmoking.org.au/resources/resources-to-support-activities-that-work/
Don’t Make Smokes Your Story – campaign: https://campaigns.health.gov.au/smokes