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Help Patients Stop Smoking: Training, Resources Available

Vision Initiative and Quit have launched Australian-first online training and resources for eye health professionals that aim to reduce and prevent smoking-related diseases, including eye disease, among their patients.

A survey conducted by Quit and Vision Initiative in June shows that most eye health professionals, including optometrists and orthoptists, are not aware that most of their patients who smoke would like to be offered help to quit, and most don’t feel confident in providing support.

the new training and resources have been specially developed to help (ECPs) talk to their patients and offer practical assistance

Vision 2020 CEO, Judith Abbott, says that the new training and resources have been specially developed to help them talk to their patients and offer practical assistance.

“The training and resources provide eye health professionals with the knowledge and skills required to use Quit’s brief advice model: Ask, Advise, Help to identify patients who smoke and help them access best practice tobacco dependence treatment,” she said.

“It’s a fast, simple and effective way to have a conversation about quitting smoking with patients and is easily integrated into a normal consultation.”

The training is free for Victorian and SA optometrists and Victorian orthoptists. The training is free for Victorian and SA optometrists and Victorian orthoptists. A registration fee of $20 applies for other states and territories. Completion of the training provides 1 CPD point for the one-hour online training.

The resources were developed by Vision Initiative, Quit and an industry reference group. They encourage pharmacotherapy and multi-session behavioural intervention through Quitline to give people the best chance to stop smoking.

Most Victorian smokers are aware that smoking is not good for health and can lead to conditions such as lung cancer and other cancers, but only 5% are aware that smoking can lead to eye health conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

“I’d encourage all eye health professionals to undertake the training,” said Ms Abbott. “Treating health professionals are at the frontline of eye health and have an important role to play.”

For more information about Quit’s brief advice training and resources for eye health professionals, please visit quit@cancervic.org.au or visioninitiative.org.au Watch a short video to learn more about the model and training and feel free to share it with your networks. The training and resources are available online and are easy to use. Register at www.quit.org.au/eyehp. The training is free for Victorian and SA optometrists and Victorian orthoptists.

A registration fee of $20 applies for other states and territories.

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