Cannabis and tobacco use among Aboriginal Western Australians - understanding patterns and pathways of use and identifying opportunities and barriers for prevention and health promotion

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Expected end date: July 2020
  • Completion date: September 2020
  • Funded by: Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowship
  • Lead organisation:

The overarching aim of this research project is to prevent and reduce the burden of drug related harms to Aboriginal people in the South West of Western Australia. This will be achieved by enhancing health promotion and prevention responses to cannabis use and cannabis related harms through a better understanding of the relationships between cannabis and tobacco use. Specifically the proposed research aims to:

• Increase knowledge about the co-use of cannabis and tobacco among Aboriginal people (aged 18 years and over) in the South West of Western Australia. This includes developing a better understanding of the extent of cannabis and tobacco use, patterns of co-use, pathways into, and out of both cannabis and tobacco use, harms associated with use and drivers of use.

• Increase knowledge regarding systemic (including organisational and workforce) barriers and opportunities to delivering health promotion and prevention activities that target both cannabis and tobacco use.

• Examine the implications of findings for effective health promotion and prevention activities for cannabis, tobacco and related harms among Aboriginal people with a focus health promotion, screening and brief intervention and workforce capacity building.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Principal Investigator: Julia Butt, Edith Cowan University

Dr Julia Butt
Senior Research Fellow
Tel: 61 (0)8 6304 6235
View profile

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