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Wambinya gunhi (supporting mothers) to quit smoking during pregnancy

Dr Michelle Bovill, Institution: The University of Newcastle

2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award

Years funded: 2020-2021


The aim of this project is to design and implement a series of linked studies in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to inform the development of culturally responsive smoking cessation strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers to quit smoking during pregnancy.

The program objectives are to:
  1. Analyse the current evidence for non-pharmacological approaches to smoking cessation across the globe.
  2. Explore non-pharmacological approaches being utilised in Aboriginal communities and/or explore what approaches Aboriginal communities feel would be appropriate and of interest to pregnant women.

This project aims to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from 5 communities into long term partnership to explore and measure appropriate smoking cessation approaches for women during pregnancy and post partum.

Expected cardiovascular health outcomes Cardiovascular disease in the major cause of premature death experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Smoking accounts for 17% of risk factors for adverse health in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Effective preventative strategies are needed, due to past short falls, these preventative strategies need to be community led to increase access, uptake and success in smoking cessation which will lead to significant improvements in cardiovascular health outcomes.

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