Smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity (SNAP)

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Providing effective behavioural interventions in general practice requires support from a number of sources. Public health, primary healthcare or community health services, organisations such as the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and Lung Foundation self-help groups and local government can help by providing the practice with:

  • education and information materials
  • information systems
  • outreach programs and community education
  • referral services or programs.

Your local primary health agency or network may also be able to help with these, and with training for practice staff regarding what resources and programs are available. Establishing and maintaining these links may be made easier by designating a member of the practice to assume responsibility for liaison with these other services.