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The Agents of Change seeks to support best practice political advocacy in the health sector. It outlines strategies for grass roots advocacy, where social policy change is made through collective action by members of the community who work on changing access, stigma and quality of services for those living with a mental illness or carers.
Every carer and consumer has a right to improve their situation. We seek to ensure they are well equipped to do so. We encourage anyone passionate about advocacy and mental health to get involved.
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The words “Schizophrenia” and “Schizophrenic” are commonly misused in the English language to refer to multiple or contrary points of view, or having multiple personalities. In its correct clinical definition, schizophrenia refers to a serious psychiatric illness which may include disturbances in thought, perception, behaviour and functioning in everyday life. We believe figurative use of the term schizophrenic and schizophrenia to contradictory elements further stigmatizes an already misunderstood condition.
One Door has successfully advocated to include usage notes that draws attention to our concerns with the use of the words to mean multiple or contrary points of view.
See an example of dictionary which has included a usage note: https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?id=S5143700
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Read our policy and advocacy blog posts written by our General Manager of Advocacy and Inclusion, Dr Ellen Marks, and Policy Officer, Dr Richard Schweizer.