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Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in Pregnancy: Developing an Evidence-Based Intervention for Smoking Cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pregnant Women



This research project targeted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers at risk of smoking during their pregnancies.

The aim of the project was to develop a culturally appropriate intervention to improve the provision of evidence-based smoking cessation care to pregnant women attending Aboriginal medical services. The three phases of the study were:

The project is currently at phase three of the initiative, and has transitioned to SISTAQUIT program

The project builds on previous work. Key related publications can be found below.

Abstract adapted from Research Gate


Dr Gillian Gould
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Brain and Mental Health
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Related publications

Gould GS, Bittoun R, Clarke MJ (2014)

A pragmatic guide for smoking cessation counselling and the initiation of nicotine replacement therapy for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers.

Journal of Smoking Cessation; first view(

This paper provides a pragmatic approach to addressing the complexities of smoking in pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and informs clinicians about the initiation of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in pregnancy. It provides information on how to raise the issue of smoking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and also addresses some of the educational needs of health professionals to help them become more adept at tackling smoking in disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bar-Zeev Y, Bonevski B, Bovill M, Gruppetta M, Oldmeadow C, Palazzi K, Atkins L, Reath J, Gould GS (2017)

The Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in Pregnancy Pilot Study protocol: a feasibility step-wedge cluster randomised trial to improve health providers' management of smoking during pregnancy.

BMJ Open; 7: e016095

Retrieved 4 August 2017 from


Last updated: 28 September 2017
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