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WA Alcohol and Other Drug Conference 2021

7-8 October Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

WANADA are seeking people to make a statement to assist us to shift perspectives and promote the conference.

People willing to help shift perspective should read the Request Form here.

Matt

Peer support worker. Student.

"A shift in perspective on alcohol and other drugs use in the community will contribute to reducing the social and structural stigma that is felt by so many people with alcohol and other drugs issues. It has the potential to ‘normalise’ alcohol and other drugs issues in the community to reduce social isolation and increase the likelihood of people establishing links with community support systems. My shift in perspective came when I was challenged on a number of fronts whilst in residential rehab and I realised that distress caused by alcohol and other drugs use, was a community wide issue and the support I received from virtual strangers, saved my life."

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"A shift in perspective on alcohol and other drugs use in the community will contribute to reducing the social and structural stigma that is felt by so many people with alcohol and other drugs issues. It has the potential to ‘normalise’ alcohol and other drugs issues in the community to reduce social isolation and increase the likelihood of people establishing links with community support systems. My shift in perspective came when I was challenged on a number of fronts whilst in residential rehab and I realised that distress caused by alcohol and other drugs use, was a community wide issue and the support I received from virtual strangers, saved my life."

Deb

Mother.

“If people across the community had a greater understanding of why people used drugs and alcohol, and recognised the complexity of factors that influence use, there may be a chance for more compassion and less stigma for both users and their families. This shift in the community’s perspective, to a more holistic view, could lead to the development of more effective services and supports, for both users and their families.”

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“If people across the community had a greater understanding of why people used drugs and alcohol, and recognised the complexity of factors that influence use, there may be a chance for more compassion and less stigma for both users and their families. This shift in the community’s perspective, to a more holistic view, could lead to the development of more effective services and supports, for both users and their families.”

Stephen

Senior Lecturer Addiction, Edith Cowan University.

"A shift in perception could see evidence-based drug policy that has the potential to significantly improve the public health of Australians and a move away from stigmatising people who use illicit drugs so they are more likely to seek support.”

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"A shift in perception could see evidence-based drug policy that has the potential to significantly improve the public health of Australians and a move away from stigmatising people who use illicit drugs so they are more likely to seek support.”

Luke

Consumer. Support Worker.

“The community having a positive shift in perspective on alcohol and other drug use will allow an addict who is in their recovery to become a productive, functional, valuable member in society. This will reduce harm in our community.”

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“The community having a positive shift in perspective on alcohol and other drug use will allow an addict who is in their recovery to become a productive, functional, valuable member in society. This will reduce harm in our community.”

Kristy

Consumer. Support Worker.

“Often society labels someone with a serious addiction and writes them off. They don’t take into consideration the possibility of serious trauma or the fact that this person could be a mother, father, son, daughter, husband or wife. They are quite often kind, caring, productive members of society. I was given a place to stay, professional support in a caring non - judgmental environment. [I] now work in homelessness. I see myself in so many of the residents where I work, and now I know that there is hope and a future in every one of them. As long as they are ready, and the professional support is available to them, they are able to succeed in life, just like I did."

Headshot of Kristy
“Often society labels someone with a serious addiction and writes them off. They don’t take into consideration the possibility of serious trauma or the fact that this person could be a mother, father, son, daughter, husband or wife. They are quite often kind, caring, productive members of society. I was given a place to stay, professional support in a caring non - judgmental environment. [I] now work in homelessness. I see myself in so many of the residents where I work, and now I know that there is hope and a future in every one of them. As long as they are ready, and the professional support is available to them, they are able to succeed in life, just like I did."