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ASCP Webinar: An Evaluation of Online and Automated Smoking Cessation Programs
Presenter: Prof Ron Borland, Deputy Director, Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

There is now a plethora of online smoking cessation apps and programs, most completely unevaluated and often not based on strong theoretical principles. This presentation will focus on what works and which might be available to Australian smokers. In particular, I will describe the characteristics of the QuitCoach (which I developed), the strong evidence base behind it, and the key techniques that appear to be behind its effectiveness. I will also discuss how automated resources might be used as complements to person-delivered resources, especially for smokers with more than average needs for help.

Aug 25, 2020 12:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Prof Ron Borland
Deputy Director @Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change, University of Melbourne
Ron Borland is a behavioural scientist who takes a broad systems approach to behaviour and behaviour change, integrating efforts at individual and population levels. He developed CEOS theory: a comprehensive theory of Hard to Maintain Behaviour Change, based on his work around the challenges of smoking. He developed the QuitCoach a demonstrably effective automated intervention and linked text messaging programs. He is a Principal Investigators of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project: an international collaboration analysing the impact of policies on smoking that has also led to better understanding of the challenges of supporting smoking cessation and preventing relapse, especially among more disadvantaged smokers.