Heavy cannabis use in two remote Aboriginal communities

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: September 2000
  • Expected end date: July 2004
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: NHMRC to Menzies School of Health
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The aim of this study – led the Menzies School of Health Research – described patterns of cannabis use among Aboriginal men in three age groups in two Aboriginal communities. Life history data to model recruitment to and ongoing involvement in patterns of harm and cannabis use focused on interactions with the justice and service systems. Participant interviews were used to describe knowledge and attitudes to harm and cannabis use.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Alan Clough, James Cook University
  • Co-investigator: C Burns,
  • Co-investigator: Robert Parker, Northern Territory Government
  • Co-investigator: Peter d'Abbs, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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Clough, A., R., d'Abbs, P., Cairney, S., Gray, D., Maruff, P., Parker, R. and O'Reilly, B. (2005). Adverse Mental Health Effects of Cannabis Use in Two Indigenous Communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia: Exploratory Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39, (7), pp. 612-620. doi:10.1080/j.1440-1614.2005.01634.x [RJ455] View web page

Clough, A., R., Cairney, S., d'Abbs, P., Parker, R., Maruff, P., Gray, D. and O'Reilly, B. (2004). Measuring exposure to cannabis use and other substance use in remote Indigenous populations in northern Australia: a 'community epidemiology' approach using proxy respondents. Addiction Research & Theory, 12, (3), pp. 261-274. [RJ437] Abstract

Clough, A., R., d'Abbs, P., Cairney, S., Gray, D., Maruff, P., Parker, R. and O'Reilly, B. (2004). Emerging patterns of cannabis and other substance use in Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory: a study of two communities. Drug and Alcohol Review, 23, pp. 381-390. [RJ440] Abstract