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Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway - Community Mental Health (QIPC)

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People experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues have significantly higher smoking rates when compared to the general population. They are also far more likely to die from smoking related illness than their mental health condition or other drugs of concern.
Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service (MSAMHS) staff, including medical officers, nurses and allied health, have a responsibility to encourage and support their consumers to quit smoking and, by doing so, can make a real difference.  

Since the QIPC initiative commenced, a number of strategies have been implemented within MSAMHS:

  • Regular engagement and feedback across all levels (Executive, deputy directors, team leaders and staff members)
  • A network of Smoking Cessation Champions has been formed
  • In-services and training have been, and continue to be, delivered
  • A new Community Mental Health component has been added to the state-wide Leap Online training module for staff.
  • A range of resources have been developed for both staff members and consumers
  • Internal media promotion across Metro South.

For more information on your role as a health professional in helping to address smoking with consumers, please email the project officer noted above.

Aims & Goals: 

This project aims to improve the number of Community Mental Health consumers who are offered the Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway and to contribute to reduced smoking rates in the Metro South Health population.

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Keywords: 
smoking cessation clinical pathway, mental health
Last updated 26 July 2019