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Quit offers professional development opportunities and resources aimed at increasing the skills and confidence to act to reduce tobacco-related harm in communities and settings.

Communicating policy to reduce tobacco-related harm: TalkForce Media

This webinar, facilitated by Kristen O’Connell from TalkForce Media, provides valuable learnings on how to communicate policy to stakeholders in a strategic way that influences outcomes and shapes direction. This includes components such as understanding your audience, best timing and approaches in communicating policy, as well as showcasing practical examples of how this can be achieved.

Quit is pleased to advise that we will be running a second follow-up session on communicating policy to reduce tobacco-related harm on Thursday 2 February 2023 at 1:00–1:45pm as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges you’ve had in applying the learnings from the first webinar. To register to attend this second session, please contact Amanda Low, Healthy Communities Coordinator, at

To help you to apply the learnings from the first webinar, we strongly encourage you to complete the Communicating Policy activity using an example from your work and email it to Amanda Low, Healthy Communities Coordinator, at prior to the second session. This will be passed on to Kristen to provide feedback at the second session. We also encourage you to send us any questions you’d like Kristen to answer.  

Safely and effectively amplifying anti-smoking campaigns: Dr Sarah White and Amelia Seeber

In this video, Quit Director, Dr Sarah White, and Quit’s Marketing & Campaign Advisor, Amelia Seeber, talk about how to safely and effectively amplify anti-smoking campaigns and the benefits of doing so. They also provide insights on how Quit develops evidence-based campaign messaging and materials, and advise on considerations for local campaigns. Quit’s “Geotargeting campaign” was used as a case study in this presentation to demonstrate how this was accomplished. 

To enhance equity among low SES communities, Quit ran a “Geotargeting campaign” which aimed to evaluate the impact of providing unique exposure to targeted supportive messages within 6 LGAs. These targeted supportive messages were directed to not only the person who smokes, but also their support network (family and friends), with the aim of increasing the community’s capacity to help their loved ones to quit. View the campaign webpage.

The impact of vaping on public health: Dr Sarah White

In this video, Quit Director Dr Sarah White presents on the impact of vaping on public health. This includes information on what we know about the impacts of vaping on health, the net public health effect of vaping, how vaping health messages should be framed, and what public health actions need to be taken.

Upcoming professional development opportunities

If you would like information on upcoming professional development opportunities, please sign up to the Communities and Places newsletter, or contact Amanda Low, Healthy Communities Coordinator, at  

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