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Kava and driving: Aiding driver safety through language-friendly mediums

6 months
Approved budget:
Dr Apo Aporosa
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Knowledge Translation Grant
Lay summary
A recent HRC Pacific-funded research project found that kava, when drunk at traditionally influenced volumes, has a unique and concerning impact on driver safety. This project will translate (from an academic publication) a four-page summary of the findings into Bislama, Fijian, Tongan and Samoan languages, which will then be published in an open-access digital repository. This will provide an easily accessible, culturally appropriate means of knowledge translation to the most common kava drinking nationalities, together with research communities and participants, Pacific stakeholders, consultation groups and policy-makers (in their native tongue) on the potential dangers of driving following the drinking of traditionally influenced kava use volumes. It is anticipated this will increase driver safety following kava use, improve road safety, and in-turn reduce injury.