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The Indigenous community action to reduce harms associated with heavy cannabis use in remote communities in the Cape York region project is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council grant. The project aims to identify the full extent of cannabis use and the impact of that use on communities in the Cape York region of Queensland and Torres Strait Islands.
There are smaller programs being run as part of this umbrella research project. One project, Weed it out, is a crime prevention initiative run by the Queensland Police Service Far Northern Region Drug Squad in partnership with James Cook University. The project was initiated in October 2007, is funded until 2012, and aims to:
A set of culturally relevant cannabis posters have been produced as part of the Cape York cannabis project. The Pacha/ku-ul resource was released in March 2011 and outlines the effects of cannabis use and promotes prevention of its use. It was distributed in an Indigenous community in far North Queensland and is written in Creole (their native language).
Abstract adapted from James Cook University
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Associate Professor Alan Clough
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James Cook University
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This set of posters was created as part of the Cape York cannabis project and the Weed it out initiative, produced by the Queensland Police Service and James Cook University. The four posters offer an Indigenous perspective on the impact of cannabis use in their communities and on their culture.
Abstract adapted from National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
This booklet was developed as part of the Weed it out initiative in northern Queensland, and is designed to be distributed as a health promotion resource to the Indigenous people of far North Queensland. The booklet is written in Creole, their native language, and outlines the effects of cannabis use and how to reduce its use.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract