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Stop smoking coaches got the skills to help whānau
World Smokefree Day is May 31. Read about the pro coaches in the Taranaki Stop Smoking Service (TSSS).
Kaimahi in TSSS blend experience with fresh thinking.
George Rapana, Janine Lineham and Emma Dillon are long-term stop smoking practitioners who between them have supported hundreds of clients to quit smoking over many years. And potentially helped save their lives and their health.
Janine began in the role more than a decade ago while George and Emma started working in the service five years ago.
Last April, Britney Rameka McNally joined Tui Ora and in August began working through her Cessation Practitioners qualification, administered by the National Training Service. She’s the new recruit.
She completed the study in January 2019, meaning she is now equipped to support others as a backstop to Janine, George and Emma. It strengthens the service’s responsiveness. George, Janine and Emma are often out of the office meeting clients whereas Britney is more office-based, ensuring someone is always on hand for clients who drop in.
The NTS learning which involved workshops, online learning and a range of assessments over a period of six months was helpful and insightful – and provided her with greater empathy.
“I definitely have a better understanding of all the aspects involving in people giving up,” says Britney. “For many it’s not just as simple as ‘quit now’, it’s a long journey and people grapple with many things along the way.”
Meeting with other practitioners and providers at NTS workshops meant she learnt heaps from others. Of particular help was the information she gleaned about stop smoking medicines or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). She also built up knowledge on the symptoms of withdrawal, the effects of nicotine dependence, about national tobacco control and health promotion, professional and ethical behaviour and the role of cultural values and principles.
Britney studied to be a personal trainer so has long had an interest in health, wellbeing and fitness. Growing up in Warea in coastal Taranaki, she attended Coastal Taranaki school in Okato and retains her connections with that part of the region. She adds youth and a fresh face to a seasoned stop smoking crew.