The Australian Stigma Conference
The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) was first incorporated as an association in 1992. 2022 was a historic milestone and celebrated 30 years of an organisation that was one of the National leaders in the response to the HIV epidemic in Australia.
More than 30 years on, we are still here fighting for the health and human rights of people who use and inject drugs. One of the most stigmatised groups of people in Australia.
The inaugural Australian Stigma Conference was held on the 17th of November 2022, in the Great Hall at the Australian Parliament House. The forum-style conference brought together policymakers, healthcare professionals and people who use drugs to engage in dialogue and hear about how stigma impacts people who use drugs. The 2019 Australian Drug household survey confirmed that around 43% of Australians over the age of 14 are willing to admit to illicit drug use at some point in their lifetime, indicating that stigma and drug use continues to have some type of impact on almost half of Australia’s adult population.
The Stigma conference presented issues including the impact of stigma on illicit drug overdoses in Australia, stigma impeding Australia’s 2030 Hep C elimination goals, stigma and language, stigma and people's experiences with pharmacotherapy and stigma undermining harm reduction more broadly.