Health Professionals' Attitudes Towards Licit and Illicit Drug Users: A Training Resource 2006

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    Stigma and Deservingness

    The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has a brief to improve the manner in which health and human service providers address alcohol- and other drug-related issues. It is increasingly recognised that a major barrier to receipt of optimal clinical care by clients with alcohol- and drug-related problems is the stigma attached to these behaviours and any associated problems. The stigmatised nature of this area of work is reflected in views about the deservingness of clients for high quality and timely care. Yet, in spite of the
    common understanding of the pervasive nature of stigma in relation to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) matters, relatively little systematic effort has been directed to addressing this pivotal issue.

    NCETA has undertaken a number of small projects to help raise awareness of the negative impact of adverse attitudes and the stigmatised nature of this field. These projects have included professional meetings on inequalities and addiction, the most recent of which was held in Adelaide in September 2006, conducting research examining the impact of attitudes of staff on service provision and clinical care, and developing resources, such as the one provided here, to assist workers and trainers to enhance AOD-related attitudes held by general health and human service providers.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherNational Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University.
    Number of pages20
    Place of PublicationSouth Australia
    ISBN (Print)1 876897 11 2
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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