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2019 ASCP Webinars

We are delighted to announce an upcoming webinar with Professor Robert West, Editor-Chief of AddictionDepartment of Behavioural Science and Health University College London

When: 16 April 2 pm to 3 pm (AEST)

Topic: Addiction Paper Authoring Tool (PAT) demonstration

Addiction PAT, aims to assist researchers in writing research reports that contain all the required information, presented clearly and using consistent terminology, and structured in a way that makes it easy to see what was done and why, what was found and what this means. It also stores the key information in a computer readable form making it much easier and quicker to use the paper in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The first version of Addiction PAT focuses on 2-arm randomised controlled trials but it contains modules that can facilitate writing of any research report. Behind Addiction PAT is the beginnings of an Addiction Ontology, a formal system for representing knowledge in addiction and research methods that is used to provide intelligent prompts for authors and facilitate evidence integration and theory development and use.

The scope of Addiction PAT and the Addiction Ontology includes all addictions including the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs as well as behavioural addictions such as gambling.  

Robert will cover examples from the smoking field, including mention of a new E-cigarette Research Ontology that Cancer Research UK has commissioned to help identify gaps in the literature and evaluate research findings using a consistent evaluative framework.

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Next Webinar

Tackling Nicotine Together: Assessment of smoking behaviours and receipt of quit smoking support from alcohol and other drug treatment services

Presenter: Eliza Skelton
Eliza Skelton is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health and Medicine. Her PhD entitled “An Investigation of an Organisational Change Approach for Smoking Cessation in the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Setting” is currently under review. 

When: Tuesday 26 March at 12:00 (AEDT)

Please click on the link to join this webinar 

Chair: Renee Bittoun, Founding Editor in Chief, The Journal of Smoking Cessation, Cambridge University Press
Hosted by: Kevin Price, Adventist Health, Consultant, Adventist Health, South Pacific Region

This webinar is hosted by Zoom
Note; You should be able to join this webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone if you have direct access to the internet. It will involve a once off download of a small Zoom program/application. If you want to join from within your organisation’s intranet you may need your IT department’s approval to download the Zoom program/application. Do allow time for this prior to joining the webinar.


  • June 4th - Rodrigo Ramalho (University of Auckland) | The theory of naturalising non-smoking: a grounded theory study of smoking cessation.
  • July 30th - Deepali Gupta (Queensland Health) | Persistence of cardiovascular concerns of pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation: Debunking the myths with the evidence.
  • August 27th - Gillian Gould and Ratika Kumar (University of Newcastle) | Harm reduction in pregnancy

Previous Webinars - Recordings
February 2019 First line treatment for smokers at risk of developing COPD – The ECOS Study
Presenter: Tanya Badal
Tanya is a medicinal chemist-turned-clinical researcher for the Airways Physiology and Imaging Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and Concord Hospital.Her area of research includes respiratory physiology in both Smoking and Asthma.

Click here to view the webinar

January 2019 Targeted and collective action on tobacco control leads to shifts in tobacco management and smoking cessation
Presenter:  Anke van der Sterren
This webinar will discuss how a strategic and coordinated program of tobacco control activities by ACT alcohol and other drug (AOD) services—including targeted smoking cessation support to disadvantaged smokers—has led to significant changes in tobacco management policies, treatment practices, attitudes and smoking behaviours among service users, workers and AOD organisations.
Click here to view the webinar 
October 2018  Cytisine for Smoking Cessation
Presenter:  Dr Ryan Courtney
Dr Courtney is a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow at UNSW, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.  This presentation will critique the current evidence related to the effectiveness and safety of cytisine for smoking cessation.

 Click here to view this webinar 

September 2018 Smoking Cessation Framework for NSW Health
Presenter:  Gemma Hemshaw
Gemma presents the Framework for NSW Health Services in smoking cessation health care delivery. This is a collaborative initiative to support local health districts to better manage and implement smoking cessation initiatives.

Click here to view this webinar. 

August 2018 What makes an effective smoking cessation counsellor?
Presenter:  Renee Bittoun
Who do you need to be to help people quit? This Webinar will cover the essential evidence-based characteristics of a successful smoking cessation counsellor or a tobacco treatment specialist.
Click here to view this webinar. 

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