ESF 4077 began as a Research Project at The Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care funded by the Commonwealth Tackling Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Smoking Initiative under an innovation grant. The project’s focus was on reducing tobacco use amongst young pregnant Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women. ESF 4077 achieved some encouraging results with some women making positive changes in their smoking. However, a lot was learnt from this research about the challenges faced by pregnant urban Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women and the support required to enable and empower them to contemplate and embark on smoking cessation and other life style changes.
Leigh-Anne is passionate about improving the Health of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. She has a Bachelor in Applied Health Science- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and has worked in the Indigenous Community for the last 15 years, she has held a variety of roles as a Health Worker specialising in youth work and sexual health to her current role as Case Manager ESF 4077 at The Southern QLD Centre Of excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Inala Indigenous Health).