Quit for a New Life

Quit for a New Life
Solid Mob and the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Quit for New Life Team joined forces recently to hold a Deadly Sisters Event in Casino. The focus of the day was on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with babies, pregnant women and young women and local programs. Tackling tobacco and smoking cessation was the priority.

Jillian Adams, NNSW LHD Health Promotion Manager said the day was organised to showcase a range of local programs, activities and resources suitable for Aboriginal women and involved representatives from Casino Aboriginal Medical Service, Family Support, CHEGS, Headspace, Casino Library, Inter-relate and NNSW LHD Oral Health, Health Promotion and Aboriginal Health Staff members.

The Quit for new life (Q4NL) program is a state-wide program which commenced in Northern NSW in October last year. The Q4NL team works in partnership with key health practitioners that offer antenatal and post natal care for pregnant Aboriginal women, women having Aboriginal babies and their household members.

The program operates between Tweed and Grafton and out to Tabulam and Bonalbo and supports participants to quit smoking, create smoke free homes and environments for mothers, babies and families.

Pregnant women need support from the whole community to quit smoking and the Quit for New Life Program aims to help make that happen. All services working together add strength to each and every quit person’s quit attempt.

Cessation Support Officers follow up clients who have consented to the program. Participants are provided with ongoing smoking cessation care and if clinically appropriate, provided with free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

Once assessed, household members are also able to receive help enabling all involved in the Quit for New Life program entitled to 12 weeks supply of free NRT. Cessation Support Officers follow-up with phone calls to the clients to help support their quit attempt. The Q4NL team also provide resources to help explain the benefits of stopping smoking for both adult and baby.

Across the NNSW LHD, between October 2013 and August 2014 there have been over 88 referrals to the Q4NL program. The majority of referrals have been for pregnant women or women with babies wanting to go smoke free during their pregnancy, or for when their baby is born. Also pleasing is that some referrals have been for household members who want to quit,” said Jillian Adams.

Christine Sullivan, Clinical Cessation Support Leader for the NNSW LHD said, “Pregnant women need support from the whole community to quit smoking and the Quit for New Life Program aims to help make that happen. All services working together add strength to each and every quit person’s quit attempt.”

Deadly Sisters Days will be held throughout the area in different locations over the next few months.

If you would like further information on the Quit for new life program or would like to be involved in the Deadly Sister Days please contact: Quit for new life Cessation Support Officers:

North 0477368180

South 0477368182

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