Tackling Indigenous Smoking Innovation Grant Project

Page last updated: 05 January 2017

State / Territory

Western Australia

Funded Organisation

Western Australian Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine Ltd.

Program Objectives

The project will use a women-centred approach to achieve a better understanding of Aboriginal women’s barriers to smoking cessation. Results will be used to inform strategies and initiatives able to be supported in a primary healthcare setting.

It seeks to:
  • apply a women-centred approach to explore the function of smoking in Aboriginal women’s lives, and specific contextual issues that influence their smoking such as trauma and violence, disadvantage, identity formation and social functions and stress;
  • design and deliver a relevant, culturally meaningful smoking cessation program for Aboriginal women living in the Hedland and Western Desert communities;
  • address Aboriginal women’s smoking in an integrated and holistic manner, as part of the healthcare they receive before, during and after pregnancy, within a community based primary health care setting; and
  • enhance the evidence base on the effectiveness of a women-centred approach to women’s self-efficacy and motivation for change.

Target group/area

The primary target group for this activity is Aboriginal women aged from 15 years from the communities serviced by:
  • Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (WMHSAC), Port Hedland, Pilbara, WA; and
  • Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS), Newman, Pilbara, WA which services Newman, Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji in the north of WA.

Research questions/objectives

The research question is:

Does better understanding of the meanings of smoking to Aboriginal women living in remote areas of the Pilbara, WA and provision of a women-centred approach to cessation initiatives help address women’s smoking in realistic, holistic and sustainable ways?

Experimental design

The project will use qualitative and participatory action research methods and will be conducted with cultural sensitivity, in a series of workshops with local Aboriginal women. These workshops will focus on women’s health and wellbeing, rather than focusing only on smoking cessation.

The research will take on a collaborative approach that is transparent and aligned with NHMRC values and ethics relating to conducting research with Aboriginal people.

It will also make recommendations and advocate for translation of the results of data collection, analysis and evaluation into policy and practice to ensure long-term sustainability.