This project documented the health impacts of kava use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Islander peoples in Australia. It examined: (1) the health impacts of kava use; (2) population rates of use; (3) extent and patterns of 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) intervention options available to reduce harmful consequences of use; ( 6) Aboriginal and Islander community awareness of the effects and consequences of kava use; and (7) community and key informant attitudes regarding opportunities for intervention, current available interventions and barriers to intervention.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Julia Butt, Edith Cowan University
  • Chief Investigator: Edward Wilkes, Curtin University

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

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