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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Date posted: 16 March 2017
The Cancer Institute New South Wales (NSW) is supporting reducing the cancer risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with their tobacco cessation support service. A free, culturally sensitive and confidential service, the NSW Aboriginal Quitline is individually tailored to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the process of quitting smoking.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisors provide tips on how to quit smoking, they help to make a plan, and act as a general provider of support throughout the entire process of quitting smoking. They can help manage withdrawals and cravings, and they provide information about quit medications and products.
'Smoking remains one of the biggest killers of our mob. The work the NSW Aboriginal Quitline does on a day to day basis is so important in supporting our communities to achieve a healthier lifestyle', said Rebecca Hyland, NSW Aboriginal Quitline Coordinator.
Smoking rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia are more than double the rest of the population, but the Aboriginal Quitline is aiming to close this gap.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at risk of dying between 10 and 17 years younger than other Australians, and when it comes to cancer, there is higher risk and poorer health outcomes, in many instances. Initiatives like this work to close that gap in life expectancy and health outcomes.
Source: Cancer Institute NSW