Community pharmacies in Canberra will take part in an innovative program to help pregnant women quit smoking, says the Guild.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia – ACT Branch – has won funding for two years under the ACT Government’s Health Promotion Grants program.
Under the ‘Quit for 2 through Community Pharmacy’ program, the target audience of pregnant women who smoke, and women who continue to smoke cigarettes after recently giving birth, will be urged to seek face-to-face quit smoking advice and counselling in community pharmacies.
The program will be undertaken collaboratively with various ACT organisations providing women’s health services who will disseminate the quit smoking through community pharmacy message to the target group.
The proposed outcomes will include awareness of the benefits to mother and baby in quitting, accessibility of the service across the ACT, and increased uptake by pregnant women who smoke, with attempts to quit being recorded.
The program follows and builds on the successful ACT Community Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Counselling Program during 2014-2016, also funded by the ACT Government.
The ACT Branch President of the Guild, Amanda Galbraith, says: “We thank the ACT Government and Assistant Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris for continuing to support the vital work that community pharmacies do in the field of smoking cessation.
“The fact that this new two-year project will be targeted towards pregnant women and new mothers makes it doubly beneficial and important in terms of improving community health.
“The accessibility of community pharmacies to all patients makes them the right place to try to improve the numbers of people who successfully quit smoking, and pharmacies are delighted to be playing a role.”