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A Novel Approach to Transforming Smoking Cessation Practice for Pregnant Aboriginal Women and Girls Living in the Pilbara

Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth 6872, WA, Australia
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Healthcare 2018, 6(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6010010
Received: 23 October 2017 / Revised: 8 December 2017 / Accepted: 29 December 2017 / Published: 23 January 2018
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Abstract

Tobacco smoking during pregnancy contributes to a range of adverse perinatal outcomes; but is a potentially modifiable behavior. In Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women face a range of barriers that hinder; rather than support smoking cessation. Few smoking cessation programs consider the broader social determinants of women’s lives; the gendered nature of these or the complexities which impinge on behavior change in the presence of social and economic disadvantage and substantial individual and intergenerational trauma. Drawing on the salient gender and trauma-informed literature this paper describes the rationale underpinning formative research which will inform the design of a localized, culturally meaningful smoking cessation program for Aboriginal women living in the Hedland and Western Desert communities of the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. We contend that a women-centered, trauma-informed approach to smoking cessation has much to offer those seeking to address this critical public health issue View Full-Text
Keywords: smoking; Aboriginal women; pregnancy; trauma; gender; culture; rural; remote; Western Australia smoking; Aboriginal women; pregnancy; trauma; gender; culture; rural; remote; Western Australia
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Wyndow, P.; Walker, R.; Reibel, T. A Novel Approach to Transforming Smoking Cessation Practice for Pregnant Aboriginal Women and Girls Living in the Pilbara. Healthcare 2018, 6, 10.

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