Stigma is recognised as being a critical barrier to effective responses to blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections. Each of the national strategies addressing HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections has a clear objective to eliminate the negative impact of stigma and discrimination. Despite this, there has previously been no system in place to assess and monitor experiences of stigma among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.
In this seminar, Professor Carla Treloar will present findings from the first, ongoing government-funded system to assess and monitor stigma among priority populations identified by the national strategies. Data will be presented from the first round of the Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project, comprising survey data among people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people living with hepatitis C and health workers. This is an important piece of work as measurement of the experiences of stigma at the national level is the first step towards implementing strategies for reducing these experiences and their negative impacts. Carla will also discuss the ongoing monitoring and future expansion of this project.
Professor Carla Treloar is Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. She has been a member of the NSW and Australian Ministerial Advisory Committees and numerous advisory committees for government, health agencies and non-governmental organisations.
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