Reducing Stigma and Discrimination
Stigma and discrimination related to alcohol and other drug use can impact on prevention, education and treatment - with repercussions for the whole community.
The Social Inclusion Action Research Group (SIARG) is a partnership between WANADA, Mental Health Commission (formerly Drug and Alcohol Office - DAO) and the wider WA alcohol and other drug sector that aims to reduce alcohol and other drug-related stigma and discrimination.
SIARG aims to promote social inclusion and reduce stigma experienced by people who have problems related to their own AOD use, as well as family members, significant others and people who work in the alcohol and other drug sector.
SIARG launched Reducing Stigma and Discrimination Relating to Alcohol and other Drugs in Western Australia in 2013.
WA Research into Stigma and Discrimination
In late 2013, four ECU Psychology Honours students worked with SIARG and the sector to explore the issue of stigma and discrimination related to alcohol and other drugs for consumers, workers, and families.
WANADA, with funding from the former Drug and Alcohol Office, engaged social research company Colmar Brunton to investigate further. WANADA invited workers and consumers to take part in the research, which involved talking about stigma and discrimination related to alcohol and other drug use in a confidential, anonymous discussion. Progress has been made since the report's completion in 2014. Results and strategies to address stigma and discrimination from that time can be read in:
- pdf Reducing AOD Related Stigma - Presentation to the 2014 WA AOD Conference (2.27 MB) - WANADA and Marketing for Change
- pdf Reducing AOD Related Stigma - Next Steps (1.57 MB) - Marketing for Change, December 2014
- pdf WANADA General Public and Mental Health Survey Topline Quantitative Research Report (801 KB) - Colmar Brunton, December 2014.
- AIVL - Stigma and Discrimination - policy papers and reports, anti-discrimination training, and knowing your rights.
- C The Person, Not The Disease
- Lives of Substance
- National Center for Stigma & Empowerment - US
- Stigma Research and Action - International Journal