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AOD Stigma and discrimination report

Apr 19, 2018

The Queensland Mental Health Commission has released a report titled "Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Options to reduce stigma amd discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use." The report explores stigma and discrimination faced by people using alcohol or other drugs, recent research in this space and options for reform. The report forms part of the Queensland Government's Alcohol and other Drugs Action Plan 2015-2017 and outlines how stigma and discrimination might affect people using drugs in a problematic way.  In particular the areas of health care, welfare services, police, employment and society at large are where stigma and discrimination are most pervasive for this group. Experiencing stigma and discrimination can create barriers for people and impact on their help seeking behaviours and future outcomes such as their ability to reconnect with community or obtain employment.  The report recommends that stigma and discrimination can be addressed through a number of reforms.

Download "Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Options to reduce stigma amd discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use" (1MB PDF)

For more information go to the Queensland Mental Health Commission website.