RESEARCH STARTS WITH STORIES
We have talked with hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Gumbaynggirr Country and across Australia, including health professionals, services and policy makers to develop the approaches that we co-designed to tackle smoking over the last 17 years.
From those stories we were hearing from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums that they want to quit smoking, but just don’t get enough help.
We were also hearing from health professionals that although 100% of them said smoking in pregnancy is vitally important, they did not have the confidence, skills or optimism to have that chat.
So here was a gap. And 75% health professionals also told us that training would help that.
THE iSISTAQUIT JOURNEY
iSISTAQUIT started off as ICAN QUIT in Pregnancy which we co-designed with Biripi and Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Services and then pre-tested resources in 3 services in 3 states, and then we ran a pilot study in 6 services in 3 states.
After that, changed the name to SISTAQUIT and ran a clinical trial of SISTAQUIT against usual care in 21 health services.
Then the Department of Health asked us to implement the training further and here we have iSISTAQUIT, which is currently in 25 health services. And we are happy to say we have already secured funding for scale up to 100 more health services Australia wide!
PHASE 1 ICAN QUIT IN PREGNANCY
- Co-design and pretested materials in 3 AMS in 3 states
- Sustainability of materials
PHASE 3 SISTAQUIT
- Clinical trial in 21 services in 5 states
- Effectiveness (intervention vs usual care)
PHASE 5 iSISTAQUIT SCALE UP
- National scale up
- Optimal implementation strategy
PHASE 2 ICAN QUIT IN PREGNANCY
- Pilot in 6 services 3 states
- Feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness
PHASE 4 iSISTAQUIT IMPLEMENTATION
- 25 services nationwide
- Comparison of context
- Working from strengths
- Developing relationships
- Upholding cultural safety
- Non-judgmental approaches
- Openness, honesty, hope and trust
- Fostering choice and self-motivation
- Being consistent and persistent
- Celebrating small achievements and positive changes
Chief Investigator and Investigators
Professor in Health Equity at
Southern Cross University
University of New South Wales
Behaviour Change Techniques (BCT) & Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
family, social and cultural context