ATODA was contracted by ACT Health to undertake a project to identify strategies to address high smoking rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women in the ACT. The project involved scoping the literature and conducting discussions with stakeholders involved in providing care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant or who have young children. These stakeholders included workers, managers, and policy makers from: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and mainstream sectors; the primary and tertiary health sectors; antenatal, birthing, and postpartum services and programs; and from programs for young women and men (pre-pregnancy).
The findings and recommendations from this Project were reported to various ACT Health policy groups, and have informed policy and program responses in the ACT to reduce smoking among all women who are pregnant and who have young children. The project report was published online as an ATODA Monograph and is available on the ATODA website.
ATODA thanks the front-line workers, managers, policy makers and researchers involved in the consultation discussions who had input into this project. In particular, we acknowledge the input from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation.
Last updated 21 December 2015