How health professionals discuss treatment with patient’s matters and language can be a powerful tool, especially when talking about alcohol and other drugs to people who use them.

The NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA) and Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) have developed a poster resource to encourage honest conversations with patient’s in a non-stigmatising way. Using appropriate language is a simple way to strengthen the therapeutic alliance with people who receive opioid agonist treatment and is a small way of showing you respect their agency, dignity and worth.

While this isn’t a definitive list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ around language use, this resource promotes the use of ‘person-centred’ language that is respectful to the patient.

Visit the NUAA website to access the Language Matters Poster, or contact NUAA for more information.

 

Posted – 12 July 2019