The Global Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services, commonly called the Global Network, is an independent, international, non-profit association which formed in 1999 to facilitate action on tobacco within healthcare services globally.
The Network's mission is to advocate, recruit and enable healthcare services and professionals globally to implement and sustain effective tobacco management and cessation policies in accordance with the
WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control to which Australia is a signatory (one of over 100 countries).
- Coordinate and Communicate: To strengthen capacity within the Global Network to engage with healthcare services globally and promote the Global Network concept as the most effective approach for tobacco management within healthcare services and settings.
- Recruit and Disseminate: To recruit healthcare services globally to implement tobacco-free policies. To promote and support policy implementation by ensuring that the Global Standards, implementation concept, information materials and website remains relevant and responsive to global changes.
- Sharing and Learning: To develop an interactive website that can support networking, enable two-way communication, support sharing of information and the exchange of good practice.
- Advocate and Collaborate: To engage with international partners in advocating that tobacco addiction/dependency be placed as a key priority within all care programmes and collaborate with relevant partners for the integration of tobacco management as an integral element of all quality improvement initiatives within healthcare services.
Through a systematic approach based on a framework of 8 Standards, the Global Network supports member networks and organisations to integrate action on smoking and provide evidence based care to smokers.