Theorising stigma and the experiences of injecting drug users in Australia

Tindal, Christine, Cook, Kay and Foster, Nena 2010, Theorising stigma and the experiences of injecting drug users in Australia, Australian journal of primary health : the issues influencing community health services and primary health care, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 119-125.

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Title Theorising stigma and the experiences of injecting drug users in Australia
Author(s) Tindal, Christine
Cook, Kay
Foster, Nena
Journal name Australian journal of primary health : the issues influencing community health services and primary health care
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 119
End page 125
Total pages 7
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2010-05-19
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Summary This paper examines the stigma of injecting drug use as an underlying factor in the poor health status of
Australian injecting drug users. Drawing on various models of stigma described in the literature, we examine injecting drug users’ experiences. As a case study, examples from Victorian (specifically Melbourne) policy and practice are included to exemplify community and societal attitudes towards injecting drug users and the implications of these for injecting drug user health. We conclude that redressing the negative effects of stigma requires political will, financial support, increased community commitment and a better understanding of the links between the social determinant of health and the poor health status of injecting drug users.Without reducing the stigma of injecting drug use the health of this marginalised population is likely to get worse, which will have broader negative population health effects.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, CSIRO Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030476

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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