Are you a healthcare professional who provides advice or treatment about smoking cessation?

Help us understand your experiences with providing advising or prescribing smoking cessation options. 

What is involved?

  • Participation in a 30-minute interview

Scroll down to read the participation information sheet and fill out our EOI form if you are interested in taking part.

Alternatively, email Kylie Morphett or (07) 3346 4689 to schedule an interview.

Participation information sheet

Project title: Views of health professionals on smoking cessation options


Dr Kylie Morphett, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Coral Gartner, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman, School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland

Professor Nick Zwar, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Professor Steve Kisely, Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland

Professor Dan Siskind, Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland

Alice Holland, Research Assistant, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Georgia Carstensen – PhD student, The University of Queensland

Stephanie Ward, Masters of Public Health student, The University of Queensland

What is the purpose of the study?

We seek to understand primary healthcare professional’s experiences of providing smoking cessation care in the current environment, the acceptability of new regulations for nicotine products, and factors when discussing or recommending various smoking cessation options to patients. This research also aims to identify any gaps in professional development needs of healthcare professionals in relation to addressing smoking or use of e-cigarettes in patients.

The results of this research will assist in the wider understanding of possible improvements to tobacco and nicotine regulation in Australia, ensuring that the voices of those working in healthcare are heard.

Who can participate?

Healthcare professionals who provide advice on smoking cessation as part of their role are eligible to participate. This includes:

  • Medical practitioners (such as general practitioners, and specialists such as psychiatrists and addiction medicine specialists)
  • Pharmacists
  • Other healthcare professionals who provide smoking cessation support to clients or patients, including mental care health workers or drug and alcohol counsellors

What is involved?  

If you agree to participate, you will be interviewed by a trained researcher who will ask you questions about your experiences and views about providing advice and treatment to those who smoke, including in relation to nicotine vaping products. We are also interested in your thoughts on regulatory options for nicotine and tobacco products.

The interview will take place at a time convenient for you. Interviews can be conducted either in person, or via phone and will take around 30 minutes, depending on how much you would like to share about your experiences.

Is there any risk to me?

The only foreseeable risk is of discomfort or anxiety about participating in an interview. You will be able to end the interview at any time, and all questions we ask will be voluntary.

Is there a benefit to me?

There are no direct benefits of participation. However, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and views, and to contribute knowledge that will inform professional development material for healthcare settings. Additionally, you would have contributed to potential improvements of nicotine product regulations within a healthcare setting and consequently, assisting with maximising health outcomes for people who smoke.

Who will have access to the information I provide and how will my privacy be protected?

Only the research staff listed on the project will have access to the information you provide. Data will be de-identified after collection to protect your confidentiality, and any personal information you provide will be kept separate from your interview data. The audio recording of your interview will be transcribed by a transcription company that has a confidentiality agreement with The University of Queensland and adheres to all national privacy regulations. However, it will be re-identifiable if you wish to withdraw your data. Data will be stored on a secure, password protected university server. Any publication and/or presentation of the results from this study will be presented in a de-identified format. Your professional organisation or workplace will not have access to your personal data or your interview recording/transcripts, and your interview will have no impact on your employment or membership to any organisation associated with this research.

How will the information I provide be used?

It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums. The findings of this research will be shared with professional organisations that represent and provide professional development to health professionals to inform both professional development material and advocacy for any recommendations for regulatory improvements that arise from the research.

What will happen if I decide to withdraw?

If you consent to participate, you may withdraw from the study at any time.  If you wish to withdraw from the project, you can notify a member of the research team. You can request that your data is removed from the data set via submission of a form that confirms you would like your data destroyed.

How do I get involved in this study?

Please complete the expression of interest form linked below, or email Kylie Morphett or (07) 3346 4689 to answer queries or schedule an interview.

This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with the Investigators (see below), if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Coordinator on 07 3365 3924 / 07 3443 1656 or email