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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Kava usage in Indigenous and Pacific Islander Communities

Project Team

Chief Investigators:

Dr Julia Butt, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Associate Professor Edward Wilkes, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Professor Dennis Gray, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Project

The overarching aim of this project is to examine the health impacts of kava use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Islander peoples in Australia. The project will: 1. Examine the health impacts of kava use. 2. Examine the current population rates of kava use. 3. Examine the current extent and patterns of kava use (including polysubstance use and reported changes in substance use over time) in one Aboriginal and one Australian Pacific Islander community. 4. Examine the observed consequences of kava consumption and behaviour related to the access and distribution of kava on individuals and communities. 5. Review intervention options available to reduce harmful consequences of kava use. 6. Examine community awareness of the effects and consequences of kava among both an Aboriginal and Pacific Islander group. 7. Examine community and key informant attitudes regarding opportunities for intervention, current available interventions and barriers to interven.

Publications

Butt, J. (2013). Kava Usage in Aboriginal and Pacific Communities in Australia. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-1 [T225]