Breathe Easy

Professional Development Series

Smoking cessation training for support workers


Breathe Easy is a one day workshop which explores common myths and misconceptions around smoking. Gain in-depth knowledge of tobacco use in society and skills to support people to identify risks and determine how they can reduce or quit smoking.

Understanding why people smoke is just as important as providing the right supports and interventions to reduce or quit smoking.

People who access support services (eg; mental health, AOD, at risk youth, post release, homelessness and Aboriginal services) often come from a background where smoking is the norm. They may have deeply entrenched views around smoking. Support workers who focus only on stopping smoking, without understanding why a person smokes, may be setting the person up to fail.


Who is this for?

This workshop is highly relevant for organisations wanting to increase and support consumer participation at all levels. Organisation/service types include:

  • Mental Health
  • AOD
  • Youth
  • Post Release
  • Community and Human Services sector orgs


Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


What others have said about this course

"I realised that by doing nothing, we were supporting smoking at our service."

Robyn Lane, Director of Billabong Clubhouse - Breathe Easy participant, 2008-09


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Face-to-face Workshops

This qualification requires attendance at 1 full-day face-to-face training session.*

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrolment.


Key Learnings

  • Understand the effects and impact of smoking on individuals, the community and service environments
  • Investigate the complex relationship between smoking and mental health, and smoking and social disadvantage
  • Build confidence to support consumers to address their smoking
  • Create an environment that supports and enables consumers to make their own choices about addressing their smoking
  • Learn about a range of interventions and when they can be used

Units of Competency

This course has no accredited units of competency.