Stigma among people who inject drugs and people living with hepatitis C

Stigma and discrimination are major barriers to healthcare access for people who inject drugs and can also have significant negative effects on their wellbeing. Coinciding with World Hepatitis Day, this presentation will discuss recent results from the national monitoring system established to measure stigma among key population groups (the Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project). The presentation will focus on stigma experienced in relation to injecting drug use and hepatitis C status. Additional results regarding the expression of stigma towards people who inject drugs and people living with hepatitis C from health care workers and the general public will also be described. Further, this presentation will outline a follow-up project which aims to reduce negative attitudes and expressed stigma towards people who inject drugs among the Australian general public.

Joining the discussion will be Jude Byrne from AIVL and Jenny Heslop from the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

Dr Loren Brener's research focuses on stigma and discrimination in relation to people with blood-borne viruses such as HIV and viral hepatitis and the impact of this on health outcomes and quality of health care. In particular, her work focused on societal and health worker attitudes towards people who belong to stigmatised groups, for example people who inject drugs and people living with HIV. Her research is grounded in social psychology and aims to advance theoretical understandings as well as practical outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable groups.      

Dr Timothy Broady is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health. His current research interests include HIV prevention, addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly in relation to blood-borne viruses), and the lived experiences of marginalised groups within society. This work aims to further understand experiences of key population groups in order to inform both policy and practice with the goal of improving service provision, health, and quality of life outcomes.

Need assistance to register for this seminar? Ring +612 9385 6776.

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