Authors: Maxie Ashton, Sue Bertossa, Mark Weston, SA
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Smoking, Physical Health, COMMORBIDITY/DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES, SMOKING CESSATION, HEALTH PROMOTION, TOBACCO.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Whilst tobacco is a major health and financial concern for many people with mental illness, often they are not asked about their tobacco use and they do not get support to address it.
The 5As is a simple evidence based tool to provide brief intervention on tobacco. It has been adapted and recommended for use by General Practitioners in the “Smoking Cessation Guidelines for Australian General Practice”. 2004. The 5As model enables mental health workers to raise the issue of tobacco use in a non-threatening way, and by using the Stages of Change Model assess their client’s needs and provide appropriate and effective support.
This presentation will describe the 5As model and demonstrate a quick, easy and effective intervention to begin to address tobacco use.