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186441 - Brief advice training for general practitioners

  • : Online

This online training is designed to support smoking cessation activity in general practice. Evidence will be provided to GPs and nurse practitioners about the importance of supporting people who smoke to quit. GPs and nurse practitioners will be introduced to a 3 step brief advice model and a menu of options for providing smoking cessation support to patients.

Relevance to General Practice

Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. Quitting smoking prevents the onset of (primary prevention) or progression (secondary prevention) of a vast array of medical conditions. It also increases the efficacy of many treatments (tertiary prevention).
We know that GPs play a key role in providing brief advice for smoking cessation, as recommended by the RACGP. Evidence suggests brief advice, including referral for behavioural intervention and prescribing smoking cessation pharmacotherapy, helps people who smoke to quit. One in every 33 conversations in which a doctor advises a patient to quit smoking will lead to the patient successfully quitting.

Learning outcomes

  • GPs will be able to identify and manage potential drug interactions associated with smoking cessation thereby increasing patient safety.
  • GPs will be able to utilise appropriate pharmacotherapies to assist smoking cessation.
  • GPs will be able to describe the impact of providing brief advice for smoking cessation on smoking status compared to only asking about smoking status.
  • GPs will be able to deliver brief advice for smoking cessation, as per Quit's three step model.
  • GPs will be able to identify options for behavioural support for smoking cessation, including Quitline.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    Partnering organisations

    Quit Victoria (as a part of Cancer Council Victoria) Gippsland Primary Health Network, Alfred Health Regarding price: Please note there will be a fee of $20 for interstate users.

186441 - Brief advice training for general practitioners
2 hrs
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