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Building an Indigenous-led evidence base for smoking cessation care among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women during pregnancy and beyond: Research protocol for the which way? project

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posted on 10.03.2021, 22:45 by M Bovill, Catherine ChamberlainCatherine Chamberlain, J Bennett, H Longbottom, S Bacon, B Field, P Hussein, R Berwick, G Gould, P O’mara
© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Strong and healthy futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people requires engagement in meaningful decision making which is supported by evidence-based approaches. While a significant number of research publications state the research is co-designed, few describe the research process in relation to Indigenous ethical values. Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies is crucial to the continuation of the oldest living culture in the world. Developing meaningful supports to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers to quit smoking during pregnancy is paramount to addressing a range of health and wellbeing outcomes. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have called for non-pharmacological approaches to smoking cessation during pregnancy. We describe a culturally responsive research protocol that has been co-designed and is co-owned with urban and regional Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. The project has been developed in line with the AH&MRC’s (Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council) updated guidelines for ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Ethics approvals have been granted by AH&MRC #14541662 University of Newcastle HREC H-2020-0092 and the Local Health District ethics committee 2020/ETH02095. Results will be disseminated through peer reviewed articles, community reports, infographics, and online social media content.


M.B. is funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, grant number 1158670. The study is funded by the National Heart Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award, grant number 102458.


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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health





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ARTN 1342


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