Calling on health professionals to refer to Quitline

Take one small step to make one big difference

Sydney North Health Network is excited to be partnering with the Cancer Institute NSW as part of their One Small Step – One Big Difference project, aiming to support the local community by further helping patients who smoke through referral to the NSW Quitline.

Despite the significant reduction in smoking rates across NSW, tobacco remains the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW with over 47,000 people hospitalised and nearly 5,500 deaths attributed to smoking each year.

A community approach is needed to help continue to reduce the number of people smoking. As health professionals, we all can make a big difference to the lives of patients who smoke by taking the small step of referring to the NSW Quitline.

The NSW Quitline is a free, evidence-based service that can help you further support patients, as it can double their chances of quitting smoking successfully.

Making a NSW Quitline referral is simple, with easily accessible resources that you can complete in a matter of minutes. The Cancer Institute NSW has also launched a new online referral form to make referring quicker and easier and, where consent is provided, feedback from the NSW Quitline can keep referrers more closely connected to the progress of their patients. Medical software also contains referral templates.

A NSW Quitline referral is a small step that can make a big difference to the health and lives of your patients or clients and help reduce preventable tobacco-related disease in your community.

Visit cancerinstitute.org.au/quitline-referral for further information.

Video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-V9jqZxkVM

For information on assessment, management and local referral options, access Sydney North HealthPathways  Smoking Cessation Advice and Medications for Smoking Cessation, or contact healthpathways@snhn.org.au for access details.