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Policy approaches to support local community control over the supply and distribution of kava in the Northern Territory (Australia)

Clough, AR and Jones, PJ (2004). Policy approaches to support local community control over the supply and distribution of kava in the Northern Territory (Australia). Drug and Alcohol Review,23:117-126.

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Title Policy approaches to support local community control over the supply and distribution of kava in the Northern Territory (Australia)
Author Clough, AR
Jones, PJ
Journal Name Drug and Alcohol Review
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 23
ISSN 0959-5236   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 117
End Page 126
Place of Publication Abingdon, UK
Publisher Carfax Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The health consequences of kava abuse in Arnhem Land Aboriginal populations in the Northern Territory (NT) and the persistence of an illegal kava trade with its associated social harms have been a cause for concern for 20 years. Despite these concerns, some Arnhem Land groups seek to continue using kava and to control its sale, distribution and the profits from the enterprise. In response, policy makers in the NT have embraced principles of harm reduction and created regulatory mechanisms to address broader public concerns and to support local management of kava supply while reinforcing control over the consequences of its use. This paper describes the kava regulatory system now being implemented in the NT which features kava management plans developed in consultation between Aboriginal communities and licensing authorities. It complements the earlier Harm Reduction Digest 9 by McDonald & Jowitt which looked at Kava in the South Pacific.
Keywords arnhem-land
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09595230410001645619   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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