Aboriginal communities

Aboriginal Tobacco Control

Quit Victoria has a long-term commitment to Aboriginal Programs and has funded an Aboriginal Programs Coordinator for over 14 years.

Quit Victoria’s current Aboriginal program has a team of three staff with Jethro Calma-Holt as the Aboriginal Tobacco Control Program Coordinator.

Aboriginal Quitline Enhancement Project

Quitline 13 7848Quitline has two Aboriginal Quit specialists available to take calls from the Victorian Aboriginal community. Tokerau and Jamara are ready to listen to your story and have a yarn about how they can best support your journey to cut down or quit. The Quitline is a free service – to have an Aboriginal Quit specialist call you back, simply fill in some brief details on our Quitline callback page.

Quitline is a safe space to talk about smoking; everything yarned about on Quitline is strictly private and confidential.

QuitTxt provides regular SMS messages including tips and encouragement to help you keep on track throughout your quit attempt. The messages are tailored to where you are on your quitting journey. To use this service you need to be based in Victoria. Find out more about QuitTxt.

How Quitline supports Aboriginal Victorians

Quitline has proven to be one of the most successful methods to support people to quit for good, and it is an increasingly popular support method for Aboriginal Victorians to cut down or quit. More and more community members are using Quitline as they hear about the Aboriginal specific service and get to know the Aboriginal advisors via meeting at Aboriginal community events and activities or being personally referred by an Aboriginal health worker/community member.

Throughout the two months of the Federal Government’s free-to-air Break the Chain advertising campaign in 2011, the Victorian Quitline received more than double the average number of Aboriginal callers. These results highlight the importance of providing a service that is culturally appropriate.


Aboriginal Brief Intervention Training aims to skill Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, those working in Aboriginal community health services and with Aboriginal communities, to support people to cut down or quit.

Skills gained from the training include an understanding of the historical context of Aboriginal tobacco control, the complexities of smoking, and a thorough knowledge of strategies to support and provide information to smokers towards reducing Aboriginal tobacco use.

All Aboriginal training sessions are designed and delivered in partnership with the host organisation to ensure that the content is appropriate.

Further information

For enquiries, please feel free to contact Jethro Calma-Holt, Aboriginal Tobacco Control Program Coordinator on (03) 9514 6442.

Aboriginal Quit specialists Tokerau and Jamara are available on Quitline (13 7848).


Quit Victoria partners with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations as well as government-based organisations and training and research institutions.

Research & publications

Quit Victoria is committed to strengthening the evidence base around tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.