The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Smoking Cessation Professionals


Deepali Gupta Advanced Pharmacist, QEII Jubilee Hospital, QLD
Dr Ryan Courtney National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) UNSW

The aim of this Special Interest Group (SIG) is the promotion of optimal smoking cessation practice in Australasia by trained health professionals incorporating evidence-based practice with an ongoing learning objective. The SIG provides a forum for:
  • Information sharing and dissemination on smoking cessation practice
  • Identifying and discussing common points of interest
  • Promotion of evidence-based smoking cessation interventions
  • Networking
  • Collaboration
  • Advocacy
  • Education

Who can register for the Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group?

Membership is open to all financial members of APSAD who have an interest in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation.

What are the benefits of registering for the Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group?

Registration entitles you to:

  • Inclusion in the online Tobacco Treatment Specialist Finder, so smokers and health professionals can find you.
  • Free subscription to the Journal of Smoking Cessation.
  • Monthly webinar presentations
  • Networking opportunities with access to the APSAD Smoking Cessation Listserv that will get you in touch with other tobacco treatment specialists to discuss smoking cessation related topics.
  • Information about courses, conferences and health promotion events.
  • Plus all other APSAD Membership benefits.

How to register for the Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group

If you are already an APSAD member, download and complete the brief form and you'll be added to the SIG membership and listserv.

The Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group recognises the RACGP Smoking cessation guidelines for Australian general practice

RACGP Smoking cessation guideline for Australian general practice


What is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist?

A Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) is a professional who possesses the skills, knowledge and training to provide effective, evidence-based interventions, research, health promotion and policy for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities. The TTS may be a psychologist, general practitioner, pharmacist, nurse, researcher, or drug and alcohol counsellor and may work in hospitals, community health centres, medical and dental practices, smoking clinics, telephone quitlines, drug and alcohol treatment programs and mental health centres. The TTS may engage not only in providing treatment but also in education and research activities about tobacco dependence.

Why apply for professional accreditation with ASCP?

Accreditation with ASCP is free for APSAD members and provides a mechanism to formally recognise tobacco treatment specialists working in Australasia. Once accredited, tobacco treatment specialists receive a certificate of accreditation. ASCP accredited TTS will be offered to list their details on the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Finder, to facilitate the easy referral of clients and to promote the clinic.

Standards for Accreditation as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist

The following criteria must be met for this category:

  • Current APSAD member
  • A current registered qualification in nursing/ medicine/ pharmacy/ AOD/ physiotherapy/ psychology/ health education or relevant qualifications as deemed suitable by the committee.
  • A minimum of 1 year’s work in the field of smoking cessation.
  • Work a minimum of 4 hours of smoking cessation-related work per week.
  • Successful completion of a smoking cessation training course.
  • Stated commitment to adhere to evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

How to apply for Tobacco Treatment Specialist Accreditation?

To be able to apply for Accreditation, applicants must be current financial members of APSAD.

If you are interested in applying and are an existing APSAD member download and complete the application form, if you aren't currently a member then you can apply for membership and complete the TTS Accreditation application form.

Evaluation of Applications

Applications are approved by the ASCP-SIG Accreditation Committee in accordance with Membership Application Guidelines. The ASCP SIG Accreditation Committee comprises four members with qualifications and over five years’ experience in the delivery of smoking cessation interventions. The Accreditation Committee will assess all applications on the basis of information provided. The Committee reserves the right to seek additional material if it is felt desirable. The recommendations of the Committee are sent to Council for approval. Successful applicants will receive a Certificate of Accreditation. Explanations for non-acceptance will be made and are provided to applicants when notified in writing of the outcome.

APSAD is currently building a new website that will include a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Finder.

While the site is under construction please contact the APSAD office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on (02) 9252 2281 to find a TTS in your area.


Tackling Indigenous Smoking Training Information

A great resource that includes information for online training modules, short courses and Certificate & Diploma courses, nationally and by state.

Smoking Cessation Course

Thursday 19 to Friday 20 March

Alfred Lung Health



 A 2 day evidence based course empowers professionals to treat and manage nicotine dependency.

Taking an holistic approach using proven evidence based techniques, the course is presented by active experts and helps skill participants to be able to work effectively one on one with clients for effective nicotine management and health outcomes.


Taking a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach and using a variety of teaching methods, topics covered include:

  • Smoking in Australia - facts and figures
  • Impact of smoking on health
  • Effect of nicotine on body and brain
  • Nicotine withdrawal syndrome
  • Measuring nicotine dependence
  • Treating symptom withdrawal
  • Using medications effectively
  • Special groups - diabetes, pregnancy, teenagers
  • Smoking and mental illness
  • Behavioural interventions
  • What works and what doesn't
  • Setting up a smoking cessation clinic
  • Case studies
  • Evaluating the intervention
  • Mindfulness practice


$750 - Includes morning tea, lunch and course material.

Alfred Staff discounts apply


This activity has been approved for 14 CPD points and is endorsed by the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals.

You will be sent a predisposing activity prior to the course which will need to be completed and returned before the program commences. To qualify for 14 points, participants must complete the predisposing and reinforcing activities and the feedback form.


Sessions generally kickoff at 8:30 for 8:45 am start finishing 5pm daily.

Burnet Institute
The Alfred, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004

Nicotine Addiction & Smoking Cessation 3-day Training Course

Hosted by A/Prof Renee Bittoun, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Adjunct Associate Professor Medical School, University of Notre Dame Australia along with other experts in the field of smoking cessation. A/Prof Bittoun has been teaching this course for over 15 years, regularly updating the content and has many years of experience in clinical practice and professional training regarding smoking cessation.

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