In an effort to ‘virtually eliminate’ smoking in Victoria, 24 organisations (including the Victorian Network of Smokefree Healthcare Services - VNSHS) have signed on with great enthusiasm to Target 2025 - which aims to reduce the daily smoking prevalence to 5% by 2025.
This focus on integrating smoking cessation support into health service settings is reflected in the VicHealth Action Agenda for 2019-2023. The Action Agenda identifies that VicHealth, which is the funder of Quit Victoria, will participate in coordinated effort and action to integrate evidence-based smoking cessation support in health service settings. These actions are set out in further detail in the VicHealth Tobacco Strategy 2019-2023.
Barwon Health, the Coordinating Centre for the Victorian Network, is looking to join other health services (including Alfred Health and Colac Area Health) who are recognised through the GNTH Gold Forum process for their high level of smokefree implementation. The validation day in March provided an opportunity for all Clinical Directorates and supporting services to showcase their efforts and to demonstrate their commitment to a smokefree healthcare service and to embedding smoking interventions into routine care.
The international assessment process is now underway and we hope to report a successful outcome in early 2020.
VNSHS members have the opportunity to have their performance against the Global standards independently validated through the VNSHS Regional Validation Program. This means that the service can be recognised for its contribution to reducing the health impacts of smoking and for aligning with best practice approaches in managing nicotine dependence. It also means that the health service can gain valuable input towards continuous improvement.
International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services
This conference provides a platform for hospitals and health services to learn and exchange knowledge and experiences in health promotion. The annual HPH Conference attracts a wide range of professionals from health practitioners to consultants, scientists, and politicians.
The HPH Conference will be held in Seoul, Korea from the 3rd to the 5th June 2020.
We all know that tobacco consumption is the single most preventable cause of death and disability in the world. It follows that the role of health services is vital - for providing appropriate care to smokers, for providing safe environments and for being a strong voice for action against tobacco.