Women’s Health Victoria welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy.
This submission focuses on the ‘what’s missing’ consultation question – Are there any critical issues or actions to address stigma and discrimination that are not referenced or sufficiently prioritised in the Draft Strategy?
Women’s Health Victoria argues that gender bias and stereotypes faced by women in the mental health system are critical issues that are not adequately addressed in the draft Strategy. Given how poorly women have been treated within the mental health system, WHV believe that sexism and gender discrimination must be specifically named and addressed in the Strategy, including in specific actions aimed at educating and training mental health and other professionals.
Summary of recommendations
Find out more about the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy consultation here.
Women's Health Victoria (2023) Submission on the draft National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy. Women's Health Victoria. Melbourne.