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Stop Smoking Training

The Heart Foundation offers fully funded training opportunities for healthcare workers (both registered and unregistered) by stop smoking specialists Denise Barlow, Mark Wallace-Bell, Brenda Chilvers and Merina Tagaloa (Pacific focus).

Stop Smoking Training

Supporting Better Health Outcomes For Maori and Pacific: Shared Learnings in Primary Care

Thursday 25 September
9am - 4pm
Sudima Auckland Airport Hotel, 18 Airport Drive, Airport Oaks, Auckland

Click here to register
Or contact Merina for more information ph: 09 526 0898 mob: 027 209 8487

 

Stop smoking courses currently available:

Stop Smoking Practitioner training - stages 1 and 2

Stop Smoking Practitioner training - stage 3

Stop Smoking Practitioner training for mental health/alcohol and other drugs

Stop Smoking training for Primary Care - four short courses

Specialised Customised Training - Stop Smoking tailored to your organisation and your needs

 

Stop Smoking Practitioner training - stages 1 and 2

"With training, health care workers are more likely to support patients with advice and support to quit smoking." The 2014 New Zealand Guidelines for helping people quit smoking. 

Duration: 2 Days

  • Stop Smoking Practitioner Training – Stage 1  (1 day)

​(pre-requisite for Stage 2)

Who should attend? Health care workers who wish to gain a knowledge base in tobacco control and how to motivate and help people to stop smoking.

What is included?  Tobacco and tobacco control; Smokefree Aotearoa 2025; Prevalence in NZ; Nicotine Addiction; Measuring Nicotine Dependence; Multiple Uses of NRT; Pharmacotherapy; Resources; Quit Cards Programme.

  • Stop Smoking Practitioner Training - Stage 2 (1 day)

Who should attend? Health care workers who have completed Stage 1 and seek to gain the practical skills to be able to effectively motivate a quit attempt and to refer for or provide assistance to the person preparing to quit.

What is included? The Opportunities; Facilitating Change; NRT Assessment and Quit Card Provision; The Pre Quit Sessioner Training – Stage 2  (1 day).

To register your interest in this course, please complete the Stop Smoking training form.

 

Stop Smoking Practitioner training - stage 3

Stages 1 and 2 are pre-requisites for this course. The course further develops the skills and knowledge base in helping people to stop smoking, with an understanding of more intensive support strategies.

Duration: 1 day

Who should attend? Healthcare professionals who have completed Stages 1 and 2 and who have been working for at least twelve months helping people to stop smoking.

Learning outcomes

Participants should be able to:

  • reflect on and evaluate stop smoking practice
  • demonstrate an up to date knowledge of evidence based pharmacotherapy
  • describe and discuss current models of behavioural support
  • show an ability to apply specific motivational interviewing strategies to smoking cessation practice
  • identify key issues for professional development

 

To express your interest in this course, please complete the Stop Smoking training form.


 

Stop Smoking Practitioner training for mental health/alcohol and other drugs

This course aims to assist the healthcare professional in this specialised field to effectively help the person who either wants to quit or to limit the damage their smoking is causing.

Duration: 1 day

Who should attend? Health Professionals who work in the mental health and or alcohol and drug sectors.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the wider of tobacco control, prevalence and quitting behaviour in NZ and the mechanism of nicotine addiction
  • Demonstrate an understanding of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) available under the quit cards programme and its applicability to clients who smoke

  • Know how to source information on pharmacotherapy other than NRT (NZ Guidelines)
  • Know how to access free written resources for smoking patients/clients (Ministry of Health)

  • Become a quit card provider (QCP) and know how to access further quit cards
  • Gain an understanding of the useful components of a pre quit session and the main causes of relapse.

 

To express your interest in this course, please complete the Stop Smoking training form.


 

Stop Smoking training for Primary Care

Recognised for CME by RNZCGP.

The overall aim of these sessions is that you will be competent, confident and inspired to promote help for smokers to quit in your practice.

These four short courses can be facilitated in a short time or in more detail for longer periods.

Duration: 1, 2 or 3 hours

Learning outcomes for the four modules

Lighting the Fire
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Discuss the 2025 vision in the context of your practice
  • Understand the importance of ‘the offer of help’ to every smoker as part of everyday practice
  • List smokefree referral options and processes to refer patients appropriately

NRT Mythbusting
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Discuss and dispel current myths around NRT use
  • Describe new delivery systems of NRT
  • Outline the optimal use of NRT

Get the Credit
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Discuss issues surrounding the health target
  • Discuss systems and processes used in your practice to record interventions and how they may be improved
  • Share knowledge with other practices and find out what is happening around the country
  • Outline your change management processes

Motivational Interviewing Taster
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Describe the spirit of M I
  • Identify the processes of M I
  • Give examples of M I skills

 

To express your interest in this course, please complete the Stop Smoking training form.

 

Specialised customised training

Duration: 1, 2 or 3 hours

Presentations or workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of specific health professionals in various healthcare settings and organisations. Just let us know what you require.

To express your interest in this course, please complete the Stop Smoking training form.

 

Online tool for registered healthcare professionals

An e-learning tool called ABC ( Ask, Brief advice, provide or refer for Cessation support), is available for registered healthcare professionals who wish to be able to effectively provide ABC to their patients/clients. By completing the module you will receive a printable certificate (evidence of one hour of professional development) and will be able to provide people who smoke access to subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), by either prescribing or by becoming a Quit Card provider. This tool is endorsed for CME points by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Click here to link to the ABC e-learning tool on quitting smoking.

 

For more information please contact

Jenny Ansley, Stop Smoking Training Coordinator
Email: jennya@heartfoundation.org.nz
Ph: 03 366 2112

 

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