ISISTAQUIT March Newsletter 2023



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Issue March 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.
A message from our Senior Projects Manager (National Operations Lead), Rebecca Hyland:
Huge thanks to all the services and health professionals who have been following the iSISTAQUIT journey, and a huge welcome to those who have recently joined.

We hope you like the revamped newsletter, which will keep you updated on where we are up to with our various projects.

I am delighted to announce I have commenced the role as the Senior Projects Manager (National Operations Lead) for the next three years to work with the team into the next phase of the project. 

It is such an exciting time and it’s how we can all work together. The solutions to long term health outcomes are within our communities, our communities are the experts of their needs and their strength and resilience, and knowledges guide our work through long term meaningful partnerships.

The implementation phase of iSISTAQUIT is winding to a close, but we are committed to supporting services that are part of it. You can join our regular Community of Practice to meet other services and workers, connect in commonality and learn new information.  

Ally Hart continues in her role as engagement officer and has been joined by Sharni Carberry. Feel free to reach out to Ally or Sharni, if you haven’t already met them!
One of the Closing the Gap targets is to increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies with a healthy birthweight to 91 per cent by 2031. We are currently on track to meet this target and smoking cessation is a crucial factor. We all have a role to play to help achieve this!
Have you seen our deadly social media campaign that we developed to” spread the word” through a strengths-based lens and start a smoke-free Sistahood. We are currently gathering data to evaluate the campaign and would love for you to provide feedback on this through our survey so we can continue to improve our messages.

There is a survey for community women: Survey for Women | iSISTAQUIT as well as one for health professionals: Survey for Health Professionals | iSISTAQUIT You could win an iPad for completing the survey! Please include a link to our surveys in your newsletter and our team can send you a QR code to include as well.  

We will use the evaluation and results from SISTAQUIT and iSISTAQUIT to improve the online training, resources, and social media campaign even further. We want to listen to your feedback to make sure the training and resources meet your needs. We call this phase the “scale up” and we will provide updates on this phase through this newsletter. Contact our team if you would like to register your interest.

For further information, please contact our team via email or visit our website
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iSISTAQUIT in Community
In the lead up to National Close the Gap Day, iSISTAQUIT met with NSW Aboriginal Quitline Coordinator, Kerindy Clarke to discuss all things partnership. Kerindy is now a member of the iSISTAQUIT National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander iSISTAQUIT Advisory Committee to guide and support the project over the coming years.
National #CloseTheGapDay was an important opportunity to raise awareness of the need for health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians and to acknowledge the efforts of organisations and individuals that are working towards this vision. 🖤
iSISTAQUIT sat down with Cure Cancer who have raised over $83.1m to support lifesaving research across all cancer types to discuss iSISTAQUIT’s mission towards closing the gap. You can read the blog here: ‘It’s how we can all work and learn together’: iSISTAQUIT’s mission to Close the Gap — Funding Cancer Research | Cure Cancer

Please join us in our next CoP in April, where we have guest speaker: Kerindy Clarke presenting: Referral pathways and processes of the Aboriginal Quitline.

Save the date: April 21st @10am NSW time

If you would like an invite please register your interest
Your service may have been involved with the SISTAQUIT trial, where 22 ACCCHO’s were randomised to SISTAQUIT training or usual care. Data collection has been completed and analysis is underway. We are committed to providing feedback on the results from this trial to the services involved. Watch this space…We are happy for previous SISTAQUIT and iSISTAQUIT sites to continue the journey with us into the next phase (see below).
the next step…
We have been successful in securing further funding to implement iSISTAQUIT more widely into more services, including mainstream services. So, if you missed enrolling into iSISTAQUIT, you could register your interest to be part of the next exciting phase. Register your interest today by email to

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