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New approach to tackling Indigenous smoking amongst Aboriginal women

Date posted: 22 November 2016

Rural Health West have received funding for a new research project in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), that will take an innovative approach to tackling smoking amongst Aboriginal women.

The project will work with Aboriginal women living in Port Hedland and the Western Desert communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji to understand the role smoking plays in their lives and use this knowledge to refine existing smoking cessation programs.

'Many of the current 'quit' programs for women focus on the impact of smoking on their unborn or newborn babies,' said Rural Health West General Manager, Vivienne Duggin. 'This can mean that the mother returns to smoking once baby is born, or can cause mothers to feel guilty if they are unable to quit during pregnancy.'

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking grant will enable Rural Health West to work in partnership with researchers from Telethon Kids institute and local health staff from Wirraka Maya Aboriginal Health Service Corporation and Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service to develop a women's-centered approach to smoking cessation.

A women's-centered, trauma-informed approach takes into consideration a range of factors that may influence  a woman to take up or continue smoking.

Source: Rural Health West media statement


Last updated: 6 December 2016
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