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Stigma & Attitudes

People with AOD-related problems are often stigmatised by the public as well as by health and human services professionals. Negative attitudes toward people with AOD-related problems can be a major barrier to receipt of optimal care. This can occur, for example, when the stigma associated with AOD problems is reflected in workers' views about the deservingness of AOD clients for high quality and timely care.

NCETA has undertaken a number of projects to help raise awareness of the negative impact of adverse attitudes and the stigmatised nature of AOD work.  For more information see: 

Health Professional Attitudes resource.jpg Health Professionals' attitudes towards licit and illicit drug users: A  training resource [pdf, 1.5MB]


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Roche, A.M., Hotham, E.D., et al. (2002). "The general practitioner's role in AOD issues: Overcoming individual, professional and systemic barriers." Drug and Alcohol Review 21(3): 223-230.

Roche, A.M., Watt, K., et al. (2001). "General practitioners' views of home detoxification." Drug and Alcohol Review 20: 395-406.

Skinner, N., Feather, N.T., et al. (2007). "Stigma and discrimination in health-care provision to drug users: The role of values, affect and deservingness judgments." Journal of Applied Social Psychology 37(1): 163-186.

Skinner, N., Roche, A.M., et al. (2009). "Health professionals' attitudes towards AOD-related work: Moving the traditional focus from education and training to organizational culture." Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 16(3): 232-249.