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