The University of Newcastle, Australia

Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Support Smoking Cessation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers

Closing Date: 29 May 2020Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

‘Which Way?’ is a community led research project that will partner with 5 ACCHS’ in New South Wales over 3 years to explore what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s needs and desires are for holistic smoking cessation during pregnancy. The project asks, “Which way?” to develop an Indigenous led evidence base for what our communities want and need to support smoking cessation during pregnancy that is non-pharmacological.

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Limited research and knowledge in the area of smoking cessation is drawn from the interests and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Building on the current evidence base for smoking cessation, in combination with Aboriginal communities knowledge, expertise and wisdom, 'Which Way?' will develop a culturally responsive program to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s uptake of smoking cessation care during pregnancy. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have called for ‘non-pharmacological approaches to be available to them to support smoking cessation during pregnancy. These approaches included but are not limited to: group therapy, yoga, mindfulness, counseling, acupuncture, and online support. This project is led by an Aboriginal health researcher, Michelle Bovill and will be co-owned and led by 5 Aboriginal communities and encompass Aboriginal Research Governance, data sovereignty and integrated knowledge translation.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Dr Michelle Bovill

Available to: Domestic students

Either PhD or MPhil

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who identity as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are highly encouraged to apply.

Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 29 May 2020.

Applications Close 29 May 2020 Apply Now

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