Executive Committee

Nominate for the executive committee for 2017: Nomination_form.pdf

Office Bearers

profile_renee.jpgAdjunct Associate Professor Renee Bittoun

President and Co-Founder 

Renee has worked in smoking cessation for over 30 years. Currently she is Director of the Smokers’ Clinics in the SW Sydney Area Health Service and Head of the Smoking Cessation Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Brain Mind Institute, at the University of Sydney.

She established and continues to teach the first Australian university course on Nicotine Addiction and Smoking at The University of Sydney. She is the author of many books on smoking and quitting and has published many research articles on tobacco dependence and cessation. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed Journal of Smoking Cessation.

Renee conducts “Master-classes” in smoking cessation around the world, including Wales, Ireland, France and The Netherlands. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious TSANZ (Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand) President’s Award for her contribution to tobacco control.



Tracey Greenberg

Vice President and Co-Founder

Tracey Greenberg has a background in psychiatric nursing, naturopathy, women’s health, alcohol and other drugs, and child birth education. She worked at the Centre for Education and Information on Drugs and Alcohol as an AOD trainer for many years, where she ran one of the first training days on smoking cessation. From 2001 to 2004 Tracey was involved in developing and delivering brief intervention training in tobacco cessation in an area health service. Since 2004 she has been the Tobacco Cessation Trainer for NSW Health, working with many marginalised and disadvantaged communities including those in rural and remote parts of NSW.

For many years Tracey has run an AOD training consultancy, working for both the public and private sector. She also runs workplace-based Quit smoking groups and seminars

She has a special interest in supporting target populations to be smoke free.


Louise-Ross-web.jpgLouise Ross


Louise Ross is a Tobacco Cessation specialist and Drug and Alcohol Counsellor with over 14 years experience working in the drug and alcohol field. She conducts individual and group programs to assist smokers to quit smoking and has a special interest in working with pregnant women and Indigenous Australians.

Louise participates in NSW Health's Smoke free Environment Policy Committee and has assisted a number of inpatient services with the implementation of this policy. She facilitates tobacco cessation training for staff in the drug and alcohol and allied health fields and also lectures at Sydney University.

Louise possesses tertiary qualifications in adult education and drug and alcohol treatment and recently completed a Masters of Health Science. She also works as a training consultant, providing courses for government and community based organisations.


Members at Large

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nurse

David is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Aboriginal man of Kaurna and Peramangk decent and a recognised Elder of the Kaurna & Peramangk Nations of South Australia.

David was the 1st Aboriginal person to obtain a Diploma of Applied Science - Developmental Disabilities – (SACAE, Flinders)

He was also the 3rd Aboriginal man in South Australia to graduate from University with a Bachelor of Nursing (Flinders) and is the only male Aboriginal Registered Nurse in South Australia to hold Post Graduate qualifications in Mental Health Nursing (Flinders). David is also in his final stages of a Masters of Nursing at Flinders University.

David is employed as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer for Cancer Council SA - Quitline Services for South Australia & Northern Territory.



Lyn Baucia B Pharm


Lyn Baucia is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Pharmacist working in private practice in Brisbane. She draws on more than 15 years experience, conducting smoking cessation programs for individuals, groups and workplaces. Since 2003 Lyn has conducted smoking cessation pilot studies for the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Rail and QR National and has delivered individual and group smoking cessation programs with the Australian Department of Defence, where she works as a pharmacist.

Training health professionals is a priority, with Lyn producing her own programs as well as facilitating sessions for pharmaceutical companies. Lyn has presented papers at national conferences, and is a visiting lecturer of the Nicotine Addiction and Smoking course for the Nicotine Dependence course at the University of Sydney. She has published in international and local journals and advises pharmaceutical companies on smoking cessation products.

Lyn is the founder and director of “No Puff Smokers’ Clinic” in Brisbane. She is a member of the smoking cessation working group, Queensland Statewide Respiratory Network and is a member of the expert  steering committee  for Clinical Pathways in Queensland Health.



Gillian-Gould.jpgDr Gillian Gould

General Practice

Dr Gillian Gould is a practising GP, a tobacco treatment specialist and an adjunct senior lecturer at Southern Cross University. She runs a Quit Clinic in Coffs Harbour. She has over 10 years experience in cessation and is currently undertaking a Ph.D. on how to develop salient anti-tobacco messages for Indigenous smokers. She previously worked with the UNSW Rural Clinical School as Head of Campus and Senior Research Fellow, and was medical director of the ‘No Smokes North Coast’ Indigenous Tobacco Control Initiative from 2010-12.

She has been actively engaged with her local Indigenous community since 2005: achievements include the research and development of initiatives for smoking cessation such as Give Up The Smokes Aboriginal Quit Café (quit groups), training of health professionals in cessation interventions for Indigenous smokers, a DVD for Indigenous smoking cessation, schools programs and maternal strategies. She would welcome further involvement with the AASCP as a member of the executive committee. 



Shirley Hamilton

 Mental Health

Shirley is a registered mental health nurse and has worked for approximately 21 years in various psychiatric settings, where a high percentage of consumers have dual disorder, as well as 5 years running the drug and alcohol programme within the private sector, both within Scotland and Australia.

For the past 3 years Shirley has worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant with SLHD and SWSLHD in the area of smoking in mental health. She is also an invited lecturer at Sydney University. Briefly, this work has incorporated reviewing and devising local policy addressing smoking in mental health; providing education related to clinical interventions to address smoking in mental health to nurses, doctors and allied health; providing leadership and consultancy to change culture and promote health for the mental health population. She also provides individual and group smoking cessation programmes to mental health consumers both within hospital and the Community.

She is currently doing a research project related to mental health and smoking and recently presented some of the work done within SLHD at the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Conference in Melbourne.

Her interests include working with marginalised populations, such as mental health, in attempts to improve health outcomes and lessen the disparities in comparison to the general population.

Her tertiary qualifications include Masters in Public Health (UNSW), post graduate diplomas in person – centred therapy (Strathclyde University, Glasgow) and family therapy (Relationships Australia, Sydney).



Barbara-Jane Murray

Drug & Alcohol

Barbara-Jane Murray and is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Counsellor. She has been working in D&A since 2005 as an Adult Counsellor  at Ryde Hospital and recently in the Youth Team at Nepean Centre for Addiction Medicine for the last 3 years.

Barbara –Jane is currently the “Quit for New Life” Co-ordinator/Smoking Care Advisor for the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. “Quit for New Life“ is a NSW Ministry  of Health Initiative under  the banner of “Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes”.  The aim was to develop and implement a program to reduce smoking rates in pregnant Aboriginal women.

Barbara-Jane also works privately as a Generalist Counsellor, which includes Smoking Cessation to the general public. She is passionate about Smoking Cessation and is working towards integrating Smoking Cessation into the Drug and Alcohol care model.


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