There is never a perfect time to quit smoking. It takes courage to make changes and on 22 March 2021, four courageous Warren Blackwood community members took the first step towards a healthier lifestyle. They all attended the quit smoking workshop in Manjimup, facilitated by GP down south’s Integrated Chronic Disease Care Coordinators Lynn Douglas and Jane Bentley.
The workshop involved interactive group discussions and guest speakers including a hypnotist/counsellor and previous smokers. The exercises were aligned with the Cancer Council of Western Australia 'Make Smoking History’ Campaign resource booklet - ‘Quit Because You Can’. Each participant formulated their individual quit smoking plan and at the completion of the workshop were provided follow up support with their Chronic Conditions Care Coordinator.
Every participant at the workshop believed it gave them a better chance of quitting either now or in the future. There may be set-backs but there are no failures. Overcoming an addiction is incredibly challenging and GP down south is passionate about supporting and assisting individuals who are seeking change. It is anticipated that future quit smoking workshops will be facilitated by GP down south with the aim of improving health outcomes for clients of the service
(Left to right) - Stephen Muir, Jane Bentley (Chronic Conditions Care Coordinator), Tanya Hughes and David Hansberry
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.