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2019 ASCP Webinars



12.00 (AEST) 24th September

Let's not get burnt all over again: ill effects of electronic smoking devices

The effects of e-cigarette vaping on lung pathophysiology are slowly emerging which counter the unsupported claims of the nicotine/tobacco industry that electronic cigarettes are relatively safe. A single session of e-cigarette vaping has been shown to negatively affect lung function which is accentuated in asthmatics. Vaping has now also been linked to an increase in the risk of pneumonias, and in a mouse model e-cigarette vapour exposure has been shown to induce systemic inflammation and multi-organ fibrosis. 

This presentation will discuss the effects of electronic devices on lung health, supported by our own lab-based studies. This is important so that Australians are better informed when it comes to the safety of these newer devices and will help accelerate research efforts and allow health agencies to take evidence based regulatory decisions. 

Presenter: Dr Sukhwinder S. Sohal PhD, MSc, MS, BSc, FAPSR,

Board Director I Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)
Head Respiratory Translational Research Group (RTRG)
Chair for Histology North Tasmania (HGVT)
Lecturer in Histopathology, Discipline of Laboratory Medicine
Masters Research Coordinator, Laboratory Medicine 
Director Tasmanian Respiratory Tissue Bank
School of Health Sciences I College of Health and Medicine
Visiting Fellow, Charles Darwin University

Chair: Renee Bittoun, Founding Editor in Chief, Journal of Smoking Cessation, Cambridge University Press

Previous Webinar Recordings

August 2019 Harm reduction for smoking in pregnancy – mixed messages and options

Presenter: A/Professor Gillian Gould, and Ratika Kumar, University of Newcastle

Smoking in pregnancy is a well-known risk factor for both maternal and child health in the short as well as long term. Considering the limited research in this area and the fact that more than half of the women who smoke are not able to give up smoking during pregnancy, harm minimisation (harm reduction) options are desired. Women report they receive mixed messages about quitting versus cutting down in pregnancy from their healthcare providers.

In this webinar, we bring together our extensive research findings as well as world studies to provide an overview of what women are experiencing -  what the evidence is saying – and where to from here, in order to reduce the harms of smoking among pregnant women. Hear from GP research fellow and Tobacco Treatment Specialist A/Prof Gillian Gould, and Dr Ratika Kumar a dentist specialising in smoking cessation research in high-priority populations.

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July 2019 Persistence of Cardiovascular Concerns of Pharmacotherapies for Smoking Cessation: Debunking the myths with the evidence

Presenter: Deepali Gupta, Senior Pharmacist, Preventative Team PAH

Deepali will look at the evidence for cardio vascular concerns vs benefits of medications used for smoking cessation with a focus also in patients with cardiac disease. Come for an open discussion to discuss your concerns in managing smoking cessation in a patient with cardiac disease.

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June 2019 Engaging Doctors: Shared Medical Appointments for smoking cessation and relapse prevention

Presenters: Prof Garry Egger, Professor of Lifestyle Medicine, is well known for his Gut Busters series and his world leadership in Lifestyle Medicine, and A/Prof Renee Bittoun, Founding Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Smoking Cessation, Cambridge University Press

Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), or group consultations are: “… a series of individual office visits (billable at individual rates) sequentially attending to each patient’s unique medical needs individually, but in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” SMAs have been successfully used in chronic diseases such as Obesity and Diabetes. This presentation will describe a project that engages GPs in smoking cessation and relapse prevention using the SMA model.

The recording for this webinar will be available soon

May 2019 The Theory of Naturalising Non-Smoking: A Grounded Theory Study of Smoking Cessation

Presenter: Dr Rodrigo Ramalho, Psychiatrist and Academic at the University of Auckland 

Rodrigo's PhD research looked at the processes involved in smoking cessation and becoming a non-smoker using a grounded theory methodology. Informed by a critical theory perspective, his research and publications have focused on contributing to the development of a more person-centred, ground-up, and contextually sensitive health care, with an increasing emphasis on mental health and addictions. His current research interests include mental health, addictions, tobacco smoking, and psycho-social aspects of illness and well-being.

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April 2019 Addiction Paper Authoring Tool Demonstration

Presenter: Robert West

Addiction Paper Authoring Tool (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 the 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 are 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 covers 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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March 2019 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. 

There is no recording available for this webinar. 

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.

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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.

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October 2018 Cytisine for Smoking Cessation

Presenter: Dr Ryan Courtney, 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.

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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.

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August 2018 What makes an effective smoking cessation counsellor?

Presenter: Renee Bittoun, Founding Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Smoking Cessation, Cambridge University Press

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.

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