#Smoke-FreeSistahood – 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.

#Smoke-free SISTAHOOD

It’s halfway through 2022, and iSISTAQUIT’s #Smoke-freeSistahood is building a brighter community.

Share with your friends and family, and they’ll have the opportunity to link up with Sistas on the same journey as you. 

By joining the Smoke-Free Sistahood you’ll have the opportunity to receive a Quit Journey Booklet, the iSISTAQUIT Newsletter and go into the draw to win an iSISTAQUIT baby wrap.



Lean on your support system.
Talking can be helpful. When things get tough, call a buddy, have a video chat or send them a text to talk about what’s on your mind. Sometimes, connection is just what you need and can be a good distraction from tobacco.

Keep a log of your stressors.
Write down the situations that make you feel anxious or nervous or that make you want to use tobacco (they may be the same)! Knowing these stressors can help prepare you for life’s challenges like quitting tobacco. It can also be a good way to keep track of your psychological health.

Find healthy ways to cope without leaning on substances.
Some tobacco users may use other substances, too, like alcohol and drugs. However, excessive drinking and drug use are also risk factors for suicide, especially if they are used for coping. Rather than turning to tobacco or other substances, talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Reaching out and speaking up is a sign of strength.

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

You can help by letting your doctor know about iSISTAQUIT

Join the #Smoke-FreeSISTAHOOD

Did you know?

Tobacco use increases anxiety and tension (even though smokers may think the opposite).
Therefore, quitting tobacco can lower your overall stress level by helping you avoid the ups and downs of nicotine use and withdrawal.
Skip tobacco to welcome the calm.

Recommend iSISTAQUIT to your Health Provider today. 
Health worker iSISTAQUIT sign up

Young people and smoking

iSISTAQUIT project has launched ‘Change Starts with a chat‘, a compilation of catchy video clips in a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of assisting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women to quit smoking.

You can share it on your social media! 

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

Ready to yarn about quitting?

Once you have set your quit date, here are some ideas to help you prepare.

  • Make a list of things to do when you feel the urge to smoke. For example, do some deep breaths, remind yourself why you are quitting and do something positive, like go for a walk.  

  • Get in touch with your health professional and let them know you have joined the #Smoke-freeSistahood. AMS Finder link below.

  • Think about how you will handle situations where others are likely to smoke. 

Find your AMS here

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. 

iSQ Scale Up PhD Scholarship

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 received from the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) and the NHMRC. 

The position will be based in Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour Campus, in 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 living stipend of AU$28,597 per annum (indexed). Stipend will be 3 years at PhD level and 2 years at Masters level. Masters students may upgrade to PhD at confirmation of candidature (after 6 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.

Please note, 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 on Socials

Contact our iSISTAQUIT Team for more #Smoke-freeSistahood information
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
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