MSPGH Seminar: 31st Aug 2016 – When you’re labelled a scrounger, a slacker or a bludger – understanding welfare stigma and its mental health consequences

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 31st August 2016
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Peter Butterworth, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health and Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne

The income support (or welfare) system is a key element of Australia’s social safety net, providing assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the community. However, negative views of those receiving welfare payments, stigma and discrimination may undermine the goals of welfare policy and be a cause of poor health and wellbeing. In this talk Professor Butterworth will present early findings from an ARC-funded project, drawing on data from community attitude surveys, longitudinal cohort studies and experiments to better understand the nature of welfare stigma, its health and social consequences, and help identify potential policy responses.

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