CGHS is offering all staff a free eight-week QUIT smoking course from October 4.
The course is an initiative that results from the service’s participation in the Healthy Victoria Achievement program. To be recognised for this health priority area, workplaces must meet the certain benchmarks.
CGHS identified a number of areas for benchmarking with the current focus on smoking and physical activity.
CGHS Manager, Community Health and Partnerships, Ruth Churchill, said data analysis from the WELLvember survey conducted in November 2015 showed there was interest from staff in getting help to quit smoking.
The QUIT course is free for CGHS staff who can attend during working hours. It will be held in the Monash Room on the 1st Floor Learning Services each Tuesday from 3-4pm.
Ruth said CGHS would also provide nicotine replacement therapy through the pharmacy, free of charge.
“We want to do everything possible in assisting our staff who make the decision to quit smoking,” Ruth said.
“Some work has also been done to put nicotine replacement therapy on ward imprest for ordering so that it’s always readily available for patients.
“There will be some additional education of ward staff around supporting patients and discussion of nicotine replacement therapy. Survey feedback indicated a need for education of our staff to increase their confidence in discussing nicotine replacement therapy and QUIT with patients.”
To book for the QUIT course, go to https://www.trybooking.com/MOUF. For more details you can ring Teresa Strike on ext 98927 or Sue Martin on 98525 by Friday 23 September.
Meanwhile Ruth said a number of additional initiatives were planned in the lead up to World Tobacco Day next year.