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.