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2019 ASCP Webinars



Tuesday 30 July  12 pm (AEST)
Presenter Deepali Gupta, "Persistence of Cardiovascular Concerns of Pharmacotherapies for Smoking Cessation: Debunking the myths with the evidence."

Tuesday 27 August 12 pm (AEST)
Presenter: Associate Professor Gillian Gould, and Ratika Kumar, University of Newcastle;
"Harm reduction in pregnancy”.

Further details for these webinars will be announced closer to the date.


Previous Webinars - Recordings

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

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.

Presenters: Professor Garry Egger and A/Professor Renee Bittoun
Professor Garry Egger, Professor of Lifestyle Medicine, is well known for his Gut Busters series and his world leadership in Lifestyle Medicine.  A/Professor Renee Bittoun, is an international expert in smoking cessation.

The recording for this webinar will be available soon 


May 2019 Dr Rodrigo Ramalho, who is a psychiatrist and academic at the University of Auckland will be presenting his PhD thesis: 

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

His 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 2019Addiction Paper Authoring Tool (PAT) demonstration
Presenter: Robert West 

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 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.

The recording for this webinar will available shortly. 

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
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.

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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
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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