iSISTAQUIT July Newsletter 2023


iSISTAQUIT News – July 2023

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Issue July 2023
ISISTAQUIT acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We also pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that newsletters may contain images or names of deceased persons in photographs, films, recordings or printed materials.
Contents of this edition:

1. Congratulations to the Winner of the iSISTAQUIT Social Media Survey: Jeneya from Central QLD
2. Are you a Smoke-Free Sista? Come and join us
3. Did you know?
4. iSISTAQUIT at the “Who are ya gonna call”  Naidoc event at Coffs Harbour 
5. iSISTAQUIT at the Southern Cross University Library NAIDOC Art Display:
6. Thank you Dr Ratika Kumar
8. Next Steps
9. Contact us 
10. Follow us on social media 

1. Congratulations to the Winner of the iSISTAQUIT Social Media Survey: Jeneya from Central QLD

Congratulations to the Winner of the iSISTAQUIT Social Media Survey: Jeneya from Central QLD.

We thank all entrants for helping us evaluate our social media campaign by completing our survey. The team would like to congratulate Jeneya.

2. Are you a Smoke-Free Sista? Come and join us

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community people who are passionate about Aboriginal health outcomes for our communities and who are creating smoke-free communities across Australia. 

About our Smoke-Free Sistahood Community Advisory Committee
Our Community Advisory Committee will provide the iSISTAQUIT Team and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Steering Committee with a community perspective on how we can improve the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and ultimately contribute to smoke-free pregnancies and smoke-free communities. They are made up of members with active community networks who can provide the advice, feedback, community perspective and context which helps to shape our project.
 The Community Advisory Committees advise the iSISTAQUIT Team on a variety of topics such as Planning, Resources, Community Need, Surveys, Campaigns and Events. The Community Advisory Committee will raise awareness and become iSISTAQUIT Community Champions.

What is the commitment?
Members are required to attend quarterly meetings either at the iSISTAQUIT Headquarters located at Southern Cross University on Gumbaynggirr Country or via a videoconference link. These meetings are held during the day. Ongoing engagement occurs between meetings through requests for participation. Examples may include attending and supporting events, resource development, promotional material development.

Note: You will be paid for your time.

3. Did You Know?

Health professionals who engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant mothers’ social circles that smoke, can help increase the pregnant mothers’ chances of quitting.

4. iSISTAQUIT at the “Who are ya gonna call”  NAIDOC event at Coffs Harbour 

The team set up a stall at the racecourse on 5/7/23 with other health professionals and organisations for community to explore and support the available services with their ongoing close the gap initiatives.

5. iSISTAQUIT at the Southern Cross University Library NAIDOC Art Display:

On the 3 July 2023, the iSISTAQUIT team joined in with local Gumbaynggirr NAIDOC Celebrations held at Southern Cross University.  The team assisted with the installation of the new art exhibition in the SCU (Southern Cross University) library, featuring our Elders who have served in the Defence, Naval and Air force Australia. The event had also featured traditional dancing from the local dance group the Giingan Yiiliwiyay Dancers based in Coffs Harbour, and special guest speakers.

6. Thank you Dr Ratika Kumar

The iSISTAQUIT team would like to farewell Dr Ratika Kumar. Dr Kumar has been with the project since 2016, her commitment to working towards better health outcomes has been essential to the project’s success over the years. On behalf of the iSISTAQUIT team we wish you well in your future endeavours’.


Please join us in our next CoP 18th august 2023 
 If you would like an invite, please register your interest

The SISTAQUIT team would like to take this opportunity as a part of the iSISTAQUIT newsletter to again thank you for your commitment to the study and provide you with an update on the processes that have taken place since the study completed data collection in late 2022. 

The SISTAQUIT study and team acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right to make decisions about research that is affecting them.

The role of the Stakeholder and Consumer Aboriginal Advisory Panel (SCAAP) for SISTAQUIT was to provide cultural consultation, advice and direction to ensure the implementation of the SISTAQUIT RCT study was acceptable to the Aboriginal community.

We will be convening another SCAAP meeting this year to discuss study outcomes prior to their release to community. We welcome all previous and new panel members to attend. Please contact us via email address: 
During the first half year of 2023, an external research organisation conducted end of study interviews with participating sites.

Thank you to those that gave up their valuable time to participate, the results are currently being reviewed and will be disseminated with the main study outcomes once completed.

We had some great feedback from the end of study interviews on what health care professionals and health service staff would like to see for their specific community feedback of results.

These ideas included a visual piece of art to hang on the health service wall or other forms of display art with an explanation of meaning, a coffee table book, resource handouts such as pens, notebooks, etc, and of course going back out to community and talking about the outcomes. 

We would love to hear about your ideas and how best to disseminate outcomes for your particular health service and community so please get in touch via this newsletter or through the dedicated email address:

8. Next Steps…

Currently the team has wrapped up filming for our latest campaign, featuring local families and local health professionals. We will be launching our campaign film at the end of August 2023. 

The team has also been working hard to upgrade our online training to include the latest evidence base vaping content, featuring Dr Marilyn Clarke.

9. Contact

For further information, please contact our team via email or visit our website

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