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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database addressing kava use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.


Kava (2018)

Australian Drug Foundation

This factsheet provides information on the drug kava.

Content covered includes:

  • what kava is
  • how kava is used
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and kava use
  • effects of kava
  • using kava with other drugs.

The resource was produced by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, and is not Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Kava radio educational programs (2016)

Aboriginal Resource Development Services

Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc. (ARDS) have developed a selection of kava educational programs (11 in total) that are playing on air on the Yolŋu Radio Service.

The files are in MP3 audio format and should play in the default Media Player when the Play Audio button is clicked. Each program has a different focus, from the effects of kava on the liver to the origins and trade of kava.

Abstract adapted from ARDS


Wainiqolo I, Kool B, Nosa V, Ameratunga S (2015)

Is driving under the influence of kava associated with motor vehicle crashes? A systematic review of the epidemiological literature.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting - key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the main findings from the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) Services Reporting data collection. Data were collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) from primary health-care services, substance use services and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services that received funding through OATSIH in 2010-11. The health services included those provided through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

The information covered the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. This information helps to inform Indigenous health policy, and program development and implementation. Primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to about 428,000 Indigenous clients; substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 28,600 clients and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services were accessed by about 11,800 clients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lea T (2012)

Other drugs.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 217-236

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on other drugs, including:

  • kava
  • GHB
  • ketamine
  • hallucinogens (magic mushrooms and LSD)
  • other sedatives
  • betel nut (areca nut)
  • khat
  • steroids.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Last updated: 14 February 2018
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