Australian Professor Receives $100,000 Grant to Study How to Help Pregnant Indigenous Australian Women Quit Smoking

Important Quit-Smoking Research

Associate Professor Gillian Gould

Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme, which funds cancer research, has awarded $100,000 towards research that examines whether or not behavioral counseling can help Indigenous Australian women quit smoking.

Associate Professor Gillian Gould with the School of Public Medicine and Health at the University of New Castle Australia was awarded this grant through the Priority-Driven Collaborative Research Scheme. This scheme funds research that helps reduce the impact of cancer in the community as well as improve the lives of people with cancer.

Cigarette smoking is a serious issue for many Indigenous Australians. Dr. Gillian and her team are dedicated to working to help advance people’s efforts to quit smoking. Previous quit smoking research conducted by Dr. Gillian found that there is a high prevalence of smoking in the Indigenous population. In spite of this, little is known about the type of counseling that Indigenous Australians receive about quitting. Dr. Gillian hopes that her research will help health professionals tailor tobacco cessation programs to the Indigenous Australian population.

Dr. Gould’s study examines how well behavioral change counseling works in the Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine Quit in Pregnancy smoking cessation training program. This training is specifically for health providers at Aboriginal Medical Services.

The funding will help Dr. Gould determine whether culturally-appropriate training helps health providers with the Aboriginal Medical Services use evidence-based behavior change techniques to help pregnant women quit smoking. The evidence-based behavior counseling techniques will be compared with the clinic’s standard model of care.

Dr. Gould says that the award will help provide important quit smoking research about how health providers counsel Indigenous pregnant women to help them quit smoking. She believes that it will help the Aboriginal Medical Services provide better approaches for helping pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women quit.