Nicotine addiction & smoking cessation 3 day training course

Gain in-depth knowledge and skills in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation to work in primary and allied healthcare as a tobacco treatment and smoking cessation specialist.

You will be taught by experts in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation, including world expert A/Prof Renée Bittoun and other leaders in the field.

Topics you will cover during the course:

  • The causes, consequences, treatment and latest research in smoking cessation and nicotine addiction
  • Practical skills for applying evidence-based smoking cessation techniques in your workplace
  • How to improve the implementation and evaluation of programs in Smoking Cessation in your workplace

The course is brought to you by A/Prof Renée Bittoun from the Smoking Research Program, Brain & Mind Research Institute, and Editor-in Chief of The Journal of Smoking Cessation.

Who is it for?

  • Psychologists
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Counsellors
  • General practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Healthcare workers and others with a legitimate interest

What qualifications will you receive?

A University of Sydney Certificate of attendance is awarded to attendees at the conclusion of the course. You will be recognised by your peers as having specialised knowledge and skills in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation.

Texts and resources are provided as well as exposure to clinics and access to continuing medical education.

Your trainers

The teaching faculty has many years of experience in clinical practice and professional training regarding smoking cessation.

  1. Associate Professor Renée Bittoun
    Head of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Sydney’s Brain & Mind Research Institute, Bittoun has worked in smoking cessation for more than 30 years and is an inaugural member of the international Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). A/Prof Bittoun is the author of many books on smoking and quitting both for the public and as text books for practitioners. She has published many research articles on tobacco dependence and cessation, and conducted clinical trials of many treatments for tobacco dependence¬¨ – both pharmacotherapies and behavioural interventions.
    A/Prof Bittoun established and continues to teach the first University course on Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation in any Australian university at the University of Sydney, and is President of The Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals (AASCP).
    She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed Journal of Smoking Cessation. Apart from being invited as keynote speaker at many international conferences, A/Prof Bittoun has been invited to conduct “Master-classes” in smoking cessation around the world, most recently in Wales, Ireland and The Netherlands.
    A/Prof Bittoun was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2008. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) President's Award for her contribution to tobacco control.
    Since 2012, A/Prof. Renee Bittoun has been teaching Smoking Cessation to the indigenous staff at Maari Ma in Broken Hill. Prof. Bittoun has tailored her teachings to be specifically geared towards Aborigines and she is pleased to have been asked back for a second year.
    Through quarterly visits, which include treating patients at their smoker’s clinic and lectures to staff, as well as and monthly teleconferences with staff focusing on specific topics such as hard to treat patients she has been greatly improving the knowledge of Maari Ma’s staff and their indigenous community.
  2. Dr Colin Mendelsohn
    Colin worked as a GP for nearly 30 years with a special interest in smoking cessation and now works exclusively as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. He has conducted hundreds of workshops and lectures around Australia and New Zealand teaching students, medical practitioners and other health professionals how to help smokers quit. He taught at the University of New South Wales for 10 years and now teaches in the Nicotine Dependence course at Sydney University. Colin has participated in many research studies on smoking cessation and has published many articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a reviewer for the Cochrane Tobacco Group, Journal of Smoking Cessation and MedicineToday. He also acts as a consultant to pharmaceurical companies on smoking cessation. He is passionate about educating health professionals and the public about smoking, helping smokers to quit and raising awareness of smoking as an urgent health priority. He believes a strong AASCP is the best way to achieve these goals.
  3. Melinda Barrone
    Melinda Barone is a registered psychologist with a special interest in Addictions. Melinda is also the founder and principal psychologist of Valeo Clinic which combines neuroscience, physiology and psychology to psychological treatment. Melinda is the Vice President of the AASCP, with her main focus being on training of Health professionals in the treatment of nicotine addiction; development of treatment policy in nicotine addiction; development of Tobacco Treatment Specialist training programs and future governance of nicotine addiction treatment by AASCP. Melinda also a member of several AASCP steering committees and a visiting lecturer at the Smoking Cessation Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Brain Mind Institute, at the University of Sydney teaching health professionals about nicotine addiction and treatment.
  4. Donna Harrison
    Donna Harrison is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Co Vice President and founding member of AASCP. Donna has been treating smokers for tobacco misuse and dependence for more than 23 years. Through the late 1980’s and the 1990’s, Donna worked for the Quit For Life Campaign, providing education to the public on tobacco dependence and its treatment. She has initiated and conducted tobacco dependence treatment clinics in public and private domains. She has conducted numerous treatment clinics across a range of environments including hospitals, workplaces, defence departments, police services and correctional settings. She has many years experience helping smokers with complex comorbidities including those with psychiatric, neurological and immunological disorders. Donna has been heavily involved in the education of health professionals in the treatment and management of tobacco dependence. She is very keen on raising the standard of clinical treatment and management of smokers by primary health care professionals. She sees this role as a patient advocacy one, to fulfill tobacco dependent patients’ medical rights to the highest standard of clinical treatment. Donna is currently a PhD candidate at the Smoking Research Unit of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney.
  5. George Klein

2014 dates

7 - 9 April
14 - 16 July
11 - 13 August (this course is specifically designed for mental health professionals)
3 - 5 November

Registration and Fees

To register for a course, please contact for a registration form.

The course fee is $1750 including GST.


For further information and enrolments please contact:

Smoking Research Unit
The University of Sydney Level 3, Building M02F NSW 2006
Tel 02 9351 0816 / 02 9351 0510