ISISTAQUIT Update – August 2022

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Issue 1: August 2022
We 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 our respects to Elders’ past, present and emerging.

Close the gap for pregnant women 

With as many as 45% of pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women smoking during pregnancy, compared to 13% of non-Indigenous women, it is vital that healthcare professionals are equipped with the best available tools to aid in their smoking cessation.

Professor Gillian Gould from Southern Cross University discusses best practice for smoking cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women smoking during pregnancy. 

Find Out More


Are you a Health Professional working with pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women looking for further training?

iSISTAQUIT is wrap-around support for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who want to quit smoking. It involves a model of care designed with culturally appropriate and national best practice training, informed by previous studies.

Change starts with a chat!

The iSISTAQUIT training package includes:
  • self-paced online eLearning modules for health professionals (CDP points available, conditions apply)
  • hard copy educational resources, training manual and flip chart for health providers, and my journey booklet for pregnant women
  • access to the iSISTAQUIT social media campaign

Click the link to register for the free online iSISTAQUIT training.

Register for iSISTAQUIT training today

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, and our communities.
NAIDOC WEEK 2022 – iSISTAQUIT in Coffs Harbour with the iSISTAQUIT team; Dr Marian Clarke, Rebecca Hyland, Allison Hart, and Dr Gina La Hera Fuentes. 

Your @iSISTAQUIT Social Media Campaign

Change starts with a chat

Southern Cross University’s iSISTAQUIT project has launched a compilation of catchy video clips in a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of culturally appropriate care in assisting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women to quit smoking.

Remember to tag @iSISTAQUIT and use our hashtag #iSISTAQUIT when posting. 
Watch / Download / Share Here

Are you ready for a PhD Scholarship related to smoking in pregnancy?

Southern Cross University is seeking an enthusiastic Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student for doctoral or masters by thesis research on an agreed topic related to smoking in pregnancy.  

The degree will align with the iSISTAQUIT Scale-Up grant from the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) and the NHMRC. 

The position will be in Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour Campus, NSW, Australia. One full-time PhD place is available to start in 2022. 

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a tuition fee waiver and a living stipend of AU$28,597 per annum (indexed). The stipend will be three years at PhD level and two years at Masters level. Masters students may upgrade to PhD at confirmation of candidature (after six months) subject to exemplary progress and only if they meet the PhD entry requirements. The position is open to Domestic candidates only.  The supervisory team will include an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander academic.

This is an identified opportunity for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student. Proof of Indigeneity is required.
More information here

Ready to take your research career to the next level? 

Southern Cross University is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Fellow- iSISTAQUIT projects.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will contribute to the SISTAQUIT and iSISTAQUIT projects, addressing an issue of utmost importance to public health – tobacco smoking in pregnant Indigenous women. The project aims to complete the SISTAQUIT Implementation Trial, then roll out and scale up the iSISTAQUIT training to urban and regional Aboriginal Medical Services and primary care services in a number of states. The project will include a social media campaign. The program of work includes pilot studies including the MAMA-EMPOWER app.

The candidate is required to have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a related field of science, e.g., behavioural science, public health, epidemiology, community health, Indigenous health, nursing, social science, psychology, medicine.

Salary and benefits

Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities. This position is:

  • Full-time, fixed term (24 Months)
  • Located at Coffs Harbour on Gumbaynggirr Country .
  • Academic Level B. The base salary ranges from $101,544- $120,179 per annum, plus 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation. The total remuneration package is up to $140,609.
More information here

iSISTAQUIT – Pass it on

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 also heard from health professionals that although 100% 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% of health professionals also told us that training would help that.
iSISTAQUIT has launched our new website for you to pass on to your colleagues – an easy way to show how we can make a difference for women and their bubs.
Go to iSISTAQUIT now

Find an AMS close to you

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Medical Services operate in all states and territories in Australia.

The first Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) was established at Redfern in New South Wales in 1971. 

AMS (now known as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to distinguish them from state government-controlled services) are controlled by the local Aboriginal community via elected boards of management.
Find your AMS here

Further reading for health providers


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