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The Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura - Healthy family air project is funded by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. It seeks to increase the understanding and knowledge of smoking cessation, create supportive environments with Aboriginal health organisations, and support Aboriginal women to quit smoking in pregnancy. Engagement is a key component of this project and involves individuals, key stakeholders and multiple organisational partners such as QUIT, and the Women's Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS).
Abstract adapted from Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Catherine Chamberlain (Project Officer)
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
5-7 Smith Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Ph: (03) 9419 3350
Fax: (03) 9417 3871
This literature review informs the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation's (VACCHOs) research project 'Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura - Healthy Family Air' (Reducing Smoking amongst Pregnant Aboriginal Women in Victoria: An Holistic Approach) funded by the Victorian Department of Health. The review includes information on: what is known about why Indigenous women smoke before, during and after pregnancy, and why they might quit; and the types of activities and programs that could reduce smoking among pregnant Indigenous women. Recommendations for tobacco control activities with pregnant Indigenous women included: training of Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) to enable them to deliver individual clinic-based control activities; program and policy development in organisations that work in with existing services, that support smoking cessation programs, and that support AHWs who smoke to quit; and community development activities that promote the unacceptability of smoking in Indigenous communities, that are holistic, that support pregnant women to quit, and that address social disadvantage.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract