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Enabling the NSW Health workforce to provide evidence-based smoking-cessation advice through competency-based training delivered via video conferencing Volume 19 Issue 3-4

Elayne N. Mitchell, Barbara N. Hawkshaw, Carlie-Jane Naylor, Dias Soewido, John M. Sanders

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 19(4) 56–59 Published online: 29 April 2008

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Elayne N. Mitchell

Barbara N. Hawkshaw

Carlie-Jane Naylor

Dias Soewido

John M. Sanders


Tobacco-related disease is estimated to cost the NSW health system more than $476 million in direct health care costs annually. Population-based smoking-cessation interventions, including brief intervention by health professionals, are effective and cost effective. As the prevalence of smoking in the general community declines, more highly dependent ?treatment-resistant’ smokers may present a challenge to the health system. International guidelines recommend that health systems invest in training for health professionals in best practice smoking cessation. As part of the NSW Tobacco Action Plan 2005?2009, NSW Department of Health developed national competency standards in smoking cessation, designed learning and assessment materials and delivered training to more than 300 health professionals via videoconference. Building the capacity of the NSW Health workforce to address smoking cessation as part of their routine practice is essential for addressing future challenges in tobacco control.