Reducing Stigma and Discrimination
All Western Australians have the right to fair and equitable access to health and other human services.
People experiencing alcohol and other drug-related issues must be able to access health and community services when they need them without feeling stigmatised in the process. This supports people to engage support, improve their health and wellbeing and to make positive changes in their lives.
If people feel that they will be judged negatively by others, misunderstood, ignored or discriminated against because they – or someone they know – uses alcohol and other drugs, they may not ask for the information or help they need.
You can make a difference.
Family, friends, and community members can support people with alcohol and other drug-related issues by maintaining open and non-judgemental communication and by maintaining personal boundaries.
Human services workers can improve health and social outcomes by taking a non-judgemental, trauma-informed, person-centred approach.
Consumers can make a difference by learning about their rights and responsibilities and sharing this information with others who may need it.
If you are contacting a service or making a referral, ask if the service is certified against a recognised quality standard. These quality-certified services are non-judgemental and confidential.
Learn more about how stigma and discrimination can impact on health outcomes, and how we can all make changes that will improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. You can access the resources below for useful information, guidance and suggested action.