Online Training

In consultation with health professionals, Quit has developed a range of online training for health professionals working in different settings such as general practice, pharmacy and pregnancy and maternity health. The training equips health professionals with the skills, confidence and knowledge to provide cessation care.

General Practitioners

Developed in consultation with general practitioners, Quit’s online training supports the development of knowledge and skills to confidently provide smoking cessation care. There are two modules.

The ‘Smoking Cessation Brief Advice Training for General Practitioners’ is designed to support smoking cessation care in general practice. It will equip general practitioners with the skills, confidence and knowledge to provide smoking cessation brief advice to patients who smoke. This education is a CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD Program (3pt). This event has been accredited in the 2020-2022 ACRRM PD Program for 2 Educational Activity Hours.

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Cost: Free

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the negative impact smoking has on physical and mental health, and social outcomes

  • Describe the three steps of the smoking cessation brief advice (Ask, Advise, Help) model, including the role of multi-sessional behavioural intervention (e.g., through Quitline), how to refer patients, and the resources available to support patients

  • Describe the different smoking cessation pharmacotherapy options available, how to use them effectively to reduce side effects and withdrawal symptoms, and how to prescribe them appropriately

  • Identify and manage common and clinically significant drug interactions associated with smoking and stopping smoking

Visit the Quit education portal to register for online training

The ‘Nicotine Vaping Products: Considerations for GPs’ training provides information and evidence-based guidance to GPs on the practicalities of prescribing nicotine vaping products for smoking cessation in the new regulatory environment, including how to maximise benefit and minimise risk. This education is a CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD Program (2pt). This event has been accredited in the 2020-2022 ACRRM PD Program for 1 Educational Activity Hours. 

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the current legal and regulatory framework for nicotine vaping products in Australia

  • Discuss the currently available evidence for the use of nicotine vaping products in smoking cessation, and the potential risks and benefits

  • Outline the current RACGP recommendations for the clinical use of nicotine vaping products in primary care

  • Describe the key factors to consider when prescribing nicotine vaping products for patients.

Visit the Quit education portal to register for online training

Pharmacists

In partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Quit has developed online training for pharmacists to support the development of knowledge and skills to confidently provide smoking cessation care. There are two modules.

The ‘Smoking Cessation Brief Advice Training for Pharmacists’ is designed to support smoking cessation care in pharmacy. It will equip pharmacists with the skills, confidence and knowledge to provide smoking cessation brief advice to patients who smoke.

This activity has been accredited by the PSA for 1.5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1.5 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Free

Learning objectives:

  • Describe evidence-based smoking cessation care

  • Explain the pharmacist’s role in smoking cessation, including the importance of implementing the three-step smoking cessation brief advice (Ask, Advise, Help; AAH) model of care

  • Explain the important role of multi-sessional behavioural intervention for smoking cessation (e.g. through Quitline) and describe how to refer patients

  • Explain how to assess nicotine dependence and recognise the signs of nicotine withdrawal

  • Describe the different pharmacotherapy options including clinical considerations and practice points

  • Identify and manage clinically significant drug interactions associated with stopping smoking

Visit myPSA learning portal to register for Module 1

The ‘Nicotine Vaping Products’ module will provide guidance to pharmacists on unapproved nicotine vaping products, including the relevant legal requirements, current evidence, the process for ordering and dispensing and key considerations for counselling patients on nicotine vaping products.

This activity has been accredited by the PSA for 1.0 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credit) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1.0 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the legal framework for accessing nicotine vaping products in Australia

  • Describe the nicotine vaping products’ mechanism and vaping devices

  • Discuss the evidence for nicotine vaping products

  • Describe the process of ordering and dispensing nicotine vaping products

  • Identify the key considerations for counselling patients on the use of nicotine vaping product

Visit myPSA learning portal to register for Module 2

Pregnancy and Maternity Health Professionals

With input from midwives and other maternity care experts, Quit and Alfred Health have developed online training for health professionals to support the development of knowledge and skills to confidently provide smoking cessation care to pregnant women who smoke.

The training is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity.

CPD points: 1

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the smoking prevalence in pregnant women and which priority populations have higher rates of smoking in pregnancy

  • Describe the health impacts of smoking in pregnancy

  • Know how to provide fast, simple and effective brief advice in a supportive, non-judgmental manner

  • Recognise the important role of multi-session behavioural intervention (Quitline, including Aboriginal Quitline) and know how to refer

  • Understand the considerations for pharmacotherapy use in pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the different types and formulations available

  • Know how to respond to common scenarios and myths you may encounter while supporting pregnant women to stop smoking

Visit the Quit education portal to register for online training.

Last updated: 1 March 2022