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Aboriginal Quitline

Aboriginal Quitline counsellors offer non-judgemental and empowering support to Aboriginal people who want to quit smoking. We're here to support our mob to live smokefree.

We are a Culturally safe service run by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people. 

Our three counsellors are Jamara, Andrea and Glen - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People who are committed to helping our mob cut down or quit smoking, and be strong in health and wellbeing. 

Watch the video below to learn more about Aboriginal Quitline and how we can help if you're thinking about cutting down or quitting.

Ready to yarn about quitting?

Call Aboriginal Quitline when you’re ready to yarn about quitting on 13 7848 from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday, and ask to speak with an Aboriginal counsellor when you call. That way we can link you in with the right service from the start. Or, you can fill out the callback form using the button below and an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor will call you back as soon as possible.

How does Aboriginal Quitline work?

Aboriginal Quitline counsellors support the Aboriginal community. Here's how: 

When someone gets counselling through Aboriginal Quitline, they work with the same counsellor the whole way through the quitting process and we bring our ways and traditions of yarning into the counselling. 

We respect Men’s and Women’s Business. If you want to speak to a woman, you can. If you want to speak to a man, you can. 

There’s no pressure to do anything you’re not ready to do. It’s all about giving our Communities the support they need to quit smoking with Culture at the centre of everything we do. 

When you're ready to yarn about quitting and you do call Aboriginal Quitline, ask to speak with an Aboriginal counsellor. That way we can link you in with the right service from the start.

Meet your Aboriginal Quitline counsellors

We are Jamara, Andrea and Glen. We are all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community members. We all value Culture and uphold it in our counselling and we’re trained on how to adapt smoking cessation counselling into our yarns with Community.

Meet Jamara

Hello, I’m Jamara. I’m a proud Butchulla and Meriam Mir woman. I’m passionate about helping our community quit, my job is rewarding and I get to speak to a variety of community members.

Meet Andrea

Hi, I’m Andrea. I’m a proud Aboriginal woman with ties to both Victoria and Tasmania. I’ve recently joined Aboriginal Quitline because keeping our mob healthy is important to me. I love having a yarn with our people and offering my support.

Meet Glen

Hi, I’m Glen. I’m a proud Wiradjuri man. I’ve come back to Aboriginal Quitline after a few years away because I am really passionate about seeing our communities healthy and thriving. I believe that smoking is something that we can all leave in the past as we continue to embrace and reconnect with our true history.

How to connect with Aboriginal Quitline

There are three ways you can get connected with Aboriginal Quitline:

1. Call 13 7848 and ask to speak with an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor

Call any time between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday. Or, you can fill out the callback form using the button below and an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor will call you back as soon as possible (usually within 2 business days).

2. Speak with your doctor or Community Health service and ask for a referral to Aboriginal Quitline

Any Aboriginal health service or even mainstream GP, nurse or health service provider can refer you to Aboriginal Quitline. All you need to do is tell them you'd like a referral to us. They'll get in touch with us letting us know, and we'll then get in touch with you. 

3. Speak with your local Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) member

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Teams, or TIS teams, can be found in some Aboriginal Health Services across Victoria. They are deadly mob in Community who are trained and ready to yarn with you about general information and ways to quit smoking. They can help with a referral to Aboriginal Quitline as well as ongoing Community support while you're quitting smoking. Click here to see a list of Victorian TIS teams.

Join our Facebook community

Our Aboriginal Quitline Facebook page is a place for Community to come together, learn important information and share helpful tips to support each other to live smokefree. It's also the place where we update new initiatives and Quit Stories too.

Visit our Aboriginal Quitline Facebook page today.

Frequently asked questions

We answer the questions we get asked most frequently on Aboriginal Quitline, like "How do I access medications through Closing the Gap?" and "Why do Aboriginal Quitline tell mob to drink water while we’re quitting smoking?", and more. Check them out here.

Quit Stories Podcasts

Quit Stories is a podcast series recorded by Aboriginal Quitline that is about Community helping Community.

Quit Stories gives Aboriginal Community members and Kin a space to tell their stories in their own time and words. It’s hosted by Glen from Aboriginal Quitline. He’s a Wiradjuri man and he’s got his own quitting story himself. 

Visit the Quit Stories podcast page here.


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