Tackling Indigenous Smoking Innovation Grant – Waminda
Waminda South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation
Duration: January 2017 – June 2018
The Waminda South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health Tackling Indigenous Smoking Innovation Grants to deliver the Waminda’s Balaang and Binjilaang – South Coast NSW Aboriginal Women’s Tobacco Intervention Project. The Balaang and Binjilaan project has been designed to encourage and support Aboriginal women and young women to attend support groups, to reduce the psychological distress of tobacco intervention and reduce nicotine dependence while increasing quit attempts for participants within the project- while being delivered within a culturally safe framework. Professor Kathleen Clapham was commissioned to conduct an evaluation of Balaang and Binjilaang across the three implementation sites - Nowra, Wollongong and Bega.
What we did
The research aims are to:
- Assess the impact both separately and together, of group attendance and reductions in psychological distress on tobacco use;
- Assess the impact of the intervention on the intentions and confidence of Aboriginal women of child bearing age not to smoke when pregnant;
- Identify core components of the intervention that contribute to its effectiveness
- Assess the potential for scalability.
The project commenced in January 2017. To date the research team ethical approval has been obtained from the UOW Human Research Ethics Committee and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council. Study protocols and tool development has been completed and qualitative and quantitative data collection is due to commence at the Nowra site in the first half of 2017. As implementation will be staggered across the other sites data collection will continue in the other two sites during 2017. The research will be conducted within Waminda’s cyclical model of care and in line within the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) Ethics Committee approval. Capacity building for Aboriginal researchers and health workers is an important component of the research.