NDRI Seminar: Practical advice for smoking cessation in drug and alcohol service settings

Presented by Associate Professor Renee Bittoun, University of Notre Dame Australia

Friday, 10 May 2019, 1pm - 2pm
Technology Park, Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213), Sarich Way, Bentley, WA (map)

Though it has become mandatory for public health facilities to become smoke-free, it has been difficult to implement this policy. Often in-patients in detox units object to a smoke-free environment, commonly flout regulations, are argumentative and self-discharge. This leaves staff in conflict with patients, the regulations, their duty of care and the management of patients according to the policy. A protocol will be presented that better educates both staff and patients in the management of nicotine addiction, incorporating it within drug and alcohol services to have a completely smoke-free facility with better outcomes for patients.

A/Prof Renee Bittoun is an internationally recognised expert in smoking cessation. She has worked in the field for more than 30 years and is an inaugural member of the international SRNT (international Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco). She started one of the world’s first Smokers’ Clinics in Sydney, Australia in 1979 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed Journal of Smoking Cessation, published by Cambridge University Press. She is a clinical consultant to national and state health facilities, hospitals and indigenous health groups. She was recently a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University, Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France.

The video recording of this seminar can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/85R7aGTpwD0

Posted on: 17 Apr 2019

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