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Stigma and the structure of health systems

21 October 2021
9.00am – 10.00am AEDT
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In the third seminar of our Spotlight on Stigma series, we will explore the organisation and structure of health systems. Our expert panel will discuss how these organisational and structural factors can produce stigma and give us tools for tackling stigma within health systems.

Sione Crawford has been working in peer-based organisations of people who use drugs since 2003. Much of this work has focused on challenging and reducing the stigma related to illicit & injecting drug use, and has spoken, written and presented in a variety of forums. Sione is currently the CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria: the organisation representing people who use drugs in Victoria, Australia and has previously worked in the ACT and NSW at sibling organisations.

Associate Professor Fiona Haigh is Director of the Health Equity Research Development Unit (HERDU) a joint initiative between the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and the Sydney Local Health District. Fiona is an equity focussed applied public health researcher with over 20 years’ experience internationally working with health and other sectors to strengthen the consideration of health and health equity in decision-making. Her main focus is equity focused planning and decision-support tools such as Health Impact Assessment, health equity, the role of different types of knowledge in decision making, and the relationship between health and human rights.

Dr Thomas Ungar is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital of the Unity Health Toronto and Associate Professor University of Toronto with clinical and health leadership experience as a family physician, addiction medicine provider and psychiatrist. He is a thought leader using human centered design to improve quality of care addressing Equity and systemic implicit bias of Mental Health and Substance use disorders as part of the Mental Health Commission of Canada structural stigma research team. He is an award winning educator, communicator and creator of the You Tube web-series Think You Can Shrink?

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.


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