Smoking during pregnancy is a NSW Health priority because of the increased risk of health problems for the developing baby. Aboriginal mothers’ smoking in pregnancy has decreased by a third over the last generation. Further efforts are needed to build on this improvement, as over 40 per cent of Aboriginal women continue to smoke tobacco when pregnant.
The NSW Ministry of Health funded the implementation of the Quit for new life initiative (QFNL) by local health districts (LHDs) from 2013 to 2018. QFNL was designed to embed best practice smoking cessation care in routine service delivery for women having an Aboriginal baby.
This snapshot outlines three promising QFNL service models, including key features, strengths, challenges and sustainability. These models may be a good source of practical ideas for service managers.