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Introduction to stigma for the BBV workforce

17 August 2021
1.00pm – 2.00pm AEST
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Kicking off the Spotlight on Stigma series, this seminar covers some of the key concepts and ideas in stigma. We will hear from key community leaders regarding the central stigma-related issues of concern and the strengths communities have in managing stigma and its effects.

Dr Loren Brener is an Assistant Professor at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health. Her 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 focuses 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 Senior Research Fellow at the UNSW 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.

Darryl O’Donnell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). AFAO leads Australia’s national effort to end HIV and supports stronger civil society responses to HIV in Asia and the Pacific. He has 25 years’ experience working in HIV community, research and public sector roles. From 1999 to 2013, he worked for the NSW Government, including as the Director responsible for statewide HIV, STI and viral hepatitis policy and programs. He joined AFAO in early 2016. In addition to his community roles he holds an Adjunct appointment as Professor at UNSW Sydney.

Aaron Cogle is the Executive Director of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA). Before that, he worked for the NHS in HIV prevention and sexual health. He has qualifications in Law and Policy.

Facilitator: Scientia Professor Carla Treloar, Director, UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health & UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

Spotlight on Stigma

This occasional seminar series presented by the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health explores the cutting-edge of stigma science, policy and practice. We will draw on insights from national and international experts with the aim of building awareness and skills in the use of stigma concepts and evidence. Through this series, we hope to contribute to developing a shared literacy around key concepts in stigma, centrally involve people with lived experience in examining and unpacking research, and advance our efforts to reduce the effects of stigma in Australia.