Associate Professor Gillian Gould is General Practitioner, Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Indigenous Health researcher at University of Newcastle. She is supported by prestigious fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cancer Institute NSW. Gillian has worked in Indigenous health research for over 10 years; collaboratively developing targeted smoking cessation strategies with the Aboriginal community. Her PhD on ‘developing salient anti-tobacco messages for Indigenous smokers’ was awarded in 2015 from James Cook University. She was previously medical director of the ‘No Smokes North Coast’ Indigenous Tobacco Control Initiative 2010-12. She is co-founder and a practising GP at the Coffs Harbour Refugee Clinic. Gould is on the RACGP Research Expert committee and GP Member for the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals Executive.
Gillian is has co-developed an innovative intervention to tackle maternal Indigenous smoking, called Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) Quit In Pregnancy. The intervention will train all health providers at Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in how to better manage smoking among pregnant women. The intervention has been pre-tested and piloted in three states. A full clinical trial will be conducted nationally called SISTAQUIT from 2018. Gillian leads a team that comprises Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, and international experts.
Gillian is also qualified in arts therapy (MA) and drama, and uses her expertise in both medicine and the arts to excellent effect through innovative media. One of the resources she led the development of is the award-winning motivational Blow Away The Smokes DVD, now distributed by several state based Quitlines to Aboriginal callers.