Media coverage of methamphetamine use in SA “demonising”

InDaily Adelaide, August 1, 2018

The head of South Australia’s drug and alcohol services network says recent reports on the use of methamphetamine in the workplace are misleading and could cause people to turn away from seeking treatment.


The Project showed last night that sex worker stigmatisation is alive & well

SIN (commentary), Pedestrian TV (article), Posted on: May 04, 2017 2:30AM

The Project showed last week that sex worker stigmatisation is alive & well.

An Uber driver’s recent interaction with a sex worker made headlines for all the wrong reasons. While sex workers use services like Uber every day, stigmatising behaviour is sadly also an everyday occurrence affecting that community.

One journalist took the time to explain how a segment about the incident, aired on popular evening show ‘The Project’, was problematic and stigmatising for sex workers.

Introducing AOD Media Watch

AOD Media Watch, 

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Media Watch is based on the same premise as the ABC show Media Watch. AOD Media Watch is run by a group of researchers and clinicians who work in the field, that aims to highlight poor examples of journalism regarding AOD-related issues in the hope that they can assist journalists to report more objectively using science and evidence rather than perpetuating myths, opinions and moral panic.

Research has found moral panics in the media can actually be detrimental, by counter-intuitively leading to increased drug use since it increases the perception that more people are using the drug than actually are. It has also been found that moral panics reduce the degree to which some people believe that the drug being reported on is harmful. It also reduces the credibility of AOD information in the media.


  • AOD Media Watch fact-checks stories here