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Quitting Support Subsidy for Staff and Students

The University of Tasmania wants to ensure you feel supported in considering quitting or reducing smoking. To assist with this, you can access up to $100  towards the costs of any Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) or other quitting medications of your choice.

Who can access the $100 Commit to Quit subsidy?

Any staff or students of the University of Tasmania can access the subsidy.

How can the Commit To Quit subsidy support me in quitting smoking?

People who have the best success giving up smoking combine both NRT or quitting medication with behavioural support. We are connecting with Quitline to help provide the support that is right for you. Our recommended process:

  1. Contact Anna at health.safety@utas.edu.au stating you would like to access support to quit smoking.  We will work with you and register you with Quitline.
  2. Once registered, a trained Quitline counsellor will call you and work with you to understand what treatment will be best suited to you.
  3. If you wish to use a product subsidised by Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Quitline will refer you to your GP to obtain a script for that product. When you visit your GP, let them know you have signed up with Qutiline for support.
  4. If you don’t want a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidised product, you can go straight to your pharmacist.
  5. Take your script to be filled at any pharmacy.
  6. Claim back your expenses (see 'how do I calaim back my money' FAQ on how to do this)

Can I access the $100 Commit to Quit subsidy and  the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidy?

Yes. These two subsidies are different but can be used together. The Commit to Quit subsidy is being provided by the University of Tasmania for staff and students. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is available for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT),  varenicline and bupropion and is available to anyone who wants to quit smoking once they have got a script from their GP.

What can I use the $100 for?

Any Nicotine Replacement Therapies or other quitting medications of your choice. This might include patches, lozenges, gum, inhalator, mouth spray or other quitting medications.

How much does Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) and other quitting medications cost?

You can obtain nicotine replacement therapies (patches, gum and lozenges) and some cessation medications (champix and zyban) to help quit on script from a GP. The benefit of obtaining a script from a GP means you are subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The cost for a general patient is currently $41.30 per script. For a concession card holder the cost is just $6.60 per script. You will then have access to 12 weeks (3 scripts of 4 weeks each) of the above products when obtained on script.

Nicotine replacement therapy products can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy, but over the counter purchases are not covered under the PBS. The cost for over the counter varies, but could be as much as $40 for one weeks treatment.

Can I access the $100 subsidy without going to a GP or using Quitline?

Yes. You can buy Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT’s) at a pharmacy; however, they are much more expensive, and we would always recommend speaking with Quitline first 13 7848 or your GP to understand what options are best for you. If you chose this option and want reimbursement, see below ‘How do I claim back my money’

Even if you are not registered with Quitline, you can still call 13 QUIT (13 7848) anytime for free information, advice and support.

How do I claim back my money?

STAFF

Staff can use either our ExpenseMe App or ProMaster our expense management system.

ProMaster instructions:

  1. Login into ProMaster and click ‘I accept’.
  2. At the top right click ‘Create New Expense’.
  3. Complete the form:
  • Purpose: Nicotine Replacement Therapies Subsidy
  • Merchant: Where you purchased your products
  • Description: What you purchased I.e., lozenges, nicotine patches etc.
  • Expense type: In the top righthand box search ‘Medical Related’. Click other and select ‘36136 Medical Related’.
  • Project Number: In the top righthand box search ‘Safety and Wellbeing’, select ‘100825 Safety and Wellbeing’.
  • Budget Centre/Discipline: Should automatically fill to 761.
  • Please upload a picture of your receipt.

ExpenseMe App

  1. Download the App
  2. Follow this training video to create an account
  3. Use information from step 3 in the above ProMaster instructions to fill in the claim.

STUDENTS

The Safety and Wellbeing team will process your reimbursement for you, this will be in the form of a deposit into your bank account.

Please send an email with a picture of your receipt and your preferred contact number to Anna at  health.safety@utas.edu.au.

How long will this subsidy be available for?

This subsidy will be available to all students and staff until the Commit to Quit funding runs out.

Can I access the subsidy more than once?

We want to ensure everyone who would like to access the subsidy can do so at least once and so as there is a limit on funding available for this subsidy, we will review this on a case by case basis. If you have already used the subsidy once and would like it to access it again, please email health.safety@utas.edu.au and we can discuss future options

What if I have more questions?

Please contact the Safety and Wellbeing team health.safety@utas.edu.au.