This paper is based on field practice. It presents community work experiences and reflections about how rural communities can be engaged in the process of addressing issues of mental health and specially in challenging the myths of stigma attached to mental health. The paper describes the methods used in developing community networks and partnerships in rural South Australia and analyses how these methods have supported in creating positive environment in the local communities to promote mental health. It also outlines some of the challenges and issues faced in the field. The paper examines the strengths of rural communities by exploring the nature of existing safetynet groups, and analyses the partnerships and net works that were formed during the tenure of author’s employment. This is highlighted with case examples to illustrate how strength based partnership models enhance creating supportive environment in communities, under the initiative of developing Mental Health Support Groups and Mental Health Action Groups in rural South Australia. Additionally the paper examines the strengths of the evolving role of communities in promoting mental health and suggests intervention strategies and raises questions for further research in social work practice with communities.
Sex industry clients are often cast in deviant stereotypes that are fuelled by moral philosophies but not supported by evidence. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore experiences of buying sex from the perspective of long-term clients themselves.
Women living with HIV are living long and often healthy lives in Australia. However isolation, stigma and discrimination remain prominent concerns for these women. This study sought to identify the primary concerns and experiences women encounter across a life span of living with HIV.
This presentation will outline some key points from the UNAIDS and partners' visions in shaping the conversation on the future of the AIDS and health response in the post-2015 development agenda.
Stigma associated with abortion prevents the provision and uptake of abortion services globally. This study aimed to establish baseline levels of community abortion stigma before implementing interventions to address this stigma.