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The monthly ASCP webinars have returned, our first webinar is next Tuesday.

12.30 (AEST) Tuesday 26 May 2020  Add to Calendar

Smoking cessation care for pregnant and postpartum Indigenous Australian women: A collective approach

Effective smoking cessation care (SCC) can save unnecessary loss of lives and smoking-related life long morbidity. The urgency of quitting smoking during pregnancy cannot be emphasised enough. Therefore, we put our effort to enhance SCC for pregnant Indigenous Australian women to support them to quit smoking for themselves and their families. Our research shows that smoking by Indigenous people is often influenced by numerous contextual, immediate social surroundings and personal factors, requiring SCC to be orchestrated at multiple levels and to be comprehensive. This presentation will be from Associate Prof Gillian Gould and members of her team to present their research on multiple aspects for interventions to address some of the major barriers around SCC. Ms Tabassum Rahman will present her systematic review about how the socio-ecological model can be applied to the barriers and enablers on system, health service, community and individual levels for the topic. A/Prof Gould will present the phased development and trials about the SISTAQUIT intervention (formerly ICAN QUIT in Pregnancy) that included an online training package for health professionals providing care to pregnant and postnatal Indigenous women, patient resources and free oral nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). A successful pilot study led to the randomised controlled trial of SISTAQUIT (Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) and a national roll-out of the SCC care package as iSISTAQUIT, accompanied by a social media campaign. Dr Pari Eftekhari will present her research plan to engage family members, especially partners, in smoking cessation in pregnancy. Her research will explore partners perspectives to smoking cessation in pregnancy through our qualitative research project PAPAS. We will further outline a promising individual and community-based approach using the new MAMA-Empower Health App. Our collective goal is to make smoking cessation easier, more effective and relevant for Indigenous Australian women. The team will outline ways that the ASCP SIG could become involved in this research.

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Associate Professor Gillian Gould PhD, MBChB, MA (Arts Therapy), Dip Drama.

Associate Professor Gould is a GP and Tobacco Treatment Specialist with a wealth of clinical experience assisting smokers to quit. Her research focus is to improve the risks from tobacco smoking among Indigenous Australians.  She co-developed, over a decade, strategies to tackle smoking with Aboriginal communities, and led a regional Indigenous Tobacco Control Initiative (2010-12). Gould is an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellow co-funded by Cancer Institute NSW, at University of Newcastle (UON). The fellowship will improve strategies for pregnant Indigenous smokers. Gould supervises 4 high-caliber PhD students at UON, and leads a multi-disciplinary team for the national SISTAQUIT (Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) research project and the implementation phase of iSISTAQUIT. Other projects include co-developing the multi-behaviour change MAMA-EMPOWER App for a healthy Indigenous pregnancy.

Gould was awarded a career total of $12M in funding and has 54 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her contribution to Indigenous research is recognised by multiple awards: National Lead Clinicians Excellence Award for Indigenous Cultural Competence (2014), RACGP Indigenous Health Awards (2008, 2014) and Faculty of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health ‘Standing Strong Together Award’ (2009), Alan Chancellor Award (2016), Hunter Children’s Research Foundation Excellence Award (2016), HMRI ECR award (2017), APSAD Early Career Researcher Award (2018), Cure Cancer Australia Researcher of the Year (runner up 2018, 2019 and 2020). She was awarded International Visiting Research Fellowships to visit the Mayo Clinic, USA in 2017, and in 2018 to visit Maori colleagues in New Zealand. Gould is co-chair of the Lung Diseases Group for the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
 Tabassum Rahman UON
Tabassum Rahman, PhD Candidate (Public Health and Behavioural Science), MSS (Sociology), MDVST (Development Studies)  

Tabassum Rahman is doing her PhD research on Indigenous Australian women’s smoking and quitting behaviour, including smoking relapse in the context of pregnancy and postpartum to inform culturally appropriate smoking cessation interventions for Indigenous Australian women. Tabassum has experience of working in the field of violence against women, and with Indigenous communities overseas.

In her first year of PhD, along with A/Prof Gillian Gould, Tabassum won a Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Foundation grant to fund her research on smoking relapse among Indigenous Australian women. Tabassum also received the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence top-up PhD scholarship 2019 shortly after starting her PhD.
 Ally Hart
Allison Hart, Aboriginal Research Assistant and Cultural Liaison Officer Isistaquit

I am a Aboriginal woman local to the Coffs Harbour area, that is a descendant from the Aboriginal tribe Gumbaynggirr. I have worked within the Aboriginal communities both local and surrounding. I had previously worked as a Early Intervention Caseworker with Aboriginal mums in the Coffs Harbour area. Working with Aboriginal families (primarily Aboriginal Mothers) assisting, supporting and helping tackle issues including social, drug, alcohol and family wellbeing.

Working with ISISTAQUIT has allowed me to continue working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums to help increase smoking cessation with Aboriginal mothers, by providing training information and resources for healthcare providers at Aboriginal Medical Services and mainstream services in the delivery of culturally competent evidence-based smoking cessation care.

 Parivash Eftekhari

Dr Parivash Eftekhari, PhD (Human Physiology and Epidemiology), PharmD

Dr Parivash Eftekhari is a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Newcastle. She is a doctor of pharmacy and she has completed two PhDs. Her current research is focused on novel and culturally tailored approaches for Indigenous people to improve children’s health. Dr Eftekhari benefits from her education in Epidemiology, and Gender and Health in leading her research project on partner support in smoking cessation during pregnancy for Indigenous people. This research highlights men’s attitude and readiness towards quitting smoking and providing support for their pregnant partners. This is a unique area of opportunity to improve Indigenous health.