Culturally responsive approaches for the empowerment of Aboriginal women in smoking cessation care

Years funded:
2017 - 2018

Tobacco use during pregnancy remains disproportionately high among Aboriginal women in comparison to their non-Aboriginal counterparts.

One in two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women continue to smoke during pregnancy, thus four times the rate of non-Aboriginal populations.

The prevalence of smoking during pregnancy results in higher rates of infant morbidity and mortality. Smoking during pregnancy is the most modifiable risk factor for heart disease for mother and child, including low birth weight - found to increase the risk of hospitalisation associated with hypertension by 2.6 times.  

There is evidence to support the need for the development and implementation of culturally responsive smoking cessation support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant mothers.   

This research, in a community-based setting, aims to address important barriers of developing and implementing community-based interventions to address smoking cessation in pregnancy across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW, QLD and SA.

The research engages Aboriginal communities in the development of study design, resources to support implementation and applies culturally appropriate evaluations to measure the cultural responsiveness of the project as well as the Growth and Empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers receiving smoking cessation support during pregnancy in 6 Aboriginal Community Controlled Services in NSW, SA and QLD.

Researcher Profile

Michelle Bovill

Institute: The University of Newcastle
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