Review of kava use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Review of kava use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Journal Article

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

  • Author(s): Butt, Julia
  • Published: 2019
  • Volume: 19
  • ISBN: 1445-7253

Abstract: This review provides a comprehensive synthesis of key information on the use of kava among Aboriginal people in Australia. The review begins by summarising how kava is used traditionally, its immediate effects, and its chemistry. This is followed by a summary of the research into the effects of kava on health. The paper will then review the use of kava in Australia; the history of its introduction to Aboriginal people and the impacts of kava on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians. This discussion is focussed on the use of kava in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory) communities because concerns regarding the prevalence and effects of kava use are limited to this geographic region.The review critically discusses the regulation of kava in Australia, including the impacts these regulations have had on Aboriginal communities. The paper reviews strategies to reduce kava related harms and concludes by discussing possible future directions for research and action for minimising further harm.

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Butt, Julia, 2019, Review of kava use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Volume:19, Journal Article, viewed 15 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=15233.

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