- Refer a client to Quitline
- What is my role?
- Common barriers for health professionals
- Resources to support my client
Click here to complete an online referral to Quitline for your client.
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The benefits of quitting smoking are well established.
All types of health professionals can play an important role in offering smokers information about quitting, motivating smokers to quit, as well as assessing their dependence on nicotine and providing assistance to quit.
Brief interventions for smoking cessation involve opportunistic advice, encouragement and referral.
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Research shows that encouragement and brief advice from health professionals is appreciated and will often lead to action. Advice based help and pharmacotherapy can both increase the rate of success of quit attempts, and when they are used the benefits are cumulative.
Tobacco smoking is responsible for the deaths of about 15 500 Australians each year and smoking related disease contributes as a comorbidity to many others.
Smoking remains a social justice issue with vulnerable groups, such as Indigenous Australians and people with a mental illness, bearing a disproportionate share of the burden of disease. There is also growing evidence that smoking reinforces and intensifies disadvantage.
Smoke-free services and settings encourage and support quitting and help prevent the uptake of smoking by de-normalising smoking. The addition of accessible information and resources to assist interested people to quit smoking can really make a supportive service environment.
"It’s not my role, I can’t make a difference"
Health professionals do have an important role in smoking cessation and can make a difference, even with minimal effort.
"Patients don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to put them off"
Patients do want to hear about it and research shows they expect smoking along with other issues related to their illness, will be discussed and assistance provided to quit.
Lack of time and incentives
Time can be a barrier, however once addressing smoking is integrated into routine health care with systems to support, it will take less time. The incentive to make time is that all patients deserve the opportunity to quit and your support is important. Quitting smoking is one of the most powerful ways to improve health.
Lack of resources: patient education, referral services
Resources are available through Quitline – Order here.
Quitline works closely with health workers to make referring to this very effective support service easy. Click here for more information about how Quitline can support your patient to quit.
Quitline is a confidential telephone service. Smoking cessation counsellors, who understand the challenges of quitting, can support your client at all stages of their quitting journey. They are friendly and non-judgemental, and can assist your client to become a non-smoker.
Quitline will also provide you with feedback about your clients contact with Quitline.
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Information and written resources
Quitline have a number of resources available to health professionals in South Australia. Click here to order resources and information pamphlets.