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Attendees at the launch of the My Quit Journal in Toormina.

Attendees at the launch of the My Quit Journal in Toormina.

Journal aims to improve mums and bubs’ health

Aug 31, 2022

The MNCLHD Health Promotion team launched the My Quit Journal at Nyami Gawbarri, a culturally safe space for Goori women to connect and support each other, in Toormina last week.

The journal was created in partnership with Mid North Coast Local Health District, Western Sydney Local Health District and funded by Cancer Institute NSW.

Health Promotion Officer Mel Ricketts said the journal aimed to support Aboriginal pregnant women who smoke, and their families, and is full of beautiful Aboriginal artwork, local photos and motivational stories from Elders, including Aunty Belinda Jackson.

The journal was also designed as a tool for Maternity staff to help guide conversations with Aboriginal pregnant women who smoke, providing information and support to help them on their quitting journey.

Three more events will be held across the Health District to celebrate the availability of the My Quit Journals:
– Wednesday 31 August at Macksville District Hospital 9.30 – 10.30am (Cultural courtyard)
– Wednesday 7 September at Kempsey District Hospital 10 – 11am (Wutu room)
– Thursday 15 September at Port Macquarie Base Hospital 10 – 11am (The Atrium).

For more information about the upcoming events, or about the My Quit Journal, contact Mel Ricketts via email Melinda.Ricketts@health.nsw.gov.au

For more photos from the launch, please click on the image below and scroll through the library.

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