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Bushfire trauma and gambling


The thoughts of the staff and board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation are with those whose lives have been affected by the recent bushfires that have ravaged large...

OAM honour to Three sides of the coin director

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Catherine Simmonds, the artistic director of Three sides of the coin, was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the performing arts in the January 2020 honours list.

New leadership for Responsible Gambling Foundation

Tass Mousaferiadis has been appointed the new chair and board member Monique Conheady has been appointed deputy chair of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation board. Mr Mousaferiadis succeeds the outgoing chair, Julie Ligeti, who has served in the role since 2016, championing the public health approach to gambling harm adopted by the Foundation. Ms Conheady’s appointment coincides with the resignation of Belinda Duarte, a Wotjobaluk and Dja Dja Wurrung descendent. The Foundation thanks Ms Legeti and Ms Duarte for their leadership and service.

Reconciliation Action Plan launch

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched at Parliament House in late November 2019.

Geelong Cats love the game, not the odds

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation acknowledged the Geelong Cats’ announcement that the club has finalised arrangements to exit the last of its gaming venues early next year.

Reducing the Risk sports forum

The vulnerability of sports people to gambling harm was highlighted at a recent AFL Players Association (AFLPA) forum, ‘Reducing the Risk’. Supported by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the forum involved researchers, psychologists and industry experts discussing gambling risks for professional and community sportspeople.

Doggies’ decision to separate sport from gambling welcomed

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has welcomed the news today that Western Bulldogs FC has finalised arrangements to divest itself of any interest in pokies. An early...

Shifting the goal posts on sports betting

Most people under 25 have never experienced a time when sport and betting were considered separate activities. They’re the first generation to be exposed to saturation gambling advertising from...

Making the connection between stress and gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Thirty-two per cent of Victorian residents who experience side effects such as stress from gambling speak a language other than English at home. Compelled by this research and a 2018 survey finding that 48 per cent of Victorians are not aware that gambling can lead to negative emotional side effects, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has translated the Think… is that true for you? campaign into a range of languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Melbourne Victory and Cricket Victoria still love the game

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Melbourne Victory and Cricket Victoria have re-signed with the Love the Game Sporting Club Program, which means they will continue...

Anna Bardsley, Victorian Senior of the Year award recipient

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The Foundation’s Lived Experience Advisory Committee member Anna Bardsley was the recipient of the Healthy and Active Living Award at this week’s Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Teenage gambling linked to multiple public health issues

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New research into the prevalence of gambling among adolescents estimates that 25,600 students in Victoria aged 12–17 years may be spending $2.9 million on gambling each year, despite being under the age at which Australians can legally gamble. Released to coincide with Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October), the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation-funded research found 31 per cent of kids in the study had gambled at some point in the past – and six per cent had gambled in the previous 30 days.

Funding to tackle local gambling harm

The Andrews Labor Government is preventing gambling harm across Victoria through state-wide grants for 14 community-based, not-for-profit organisations. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today attended a Gambling Harm Awareness Week workshop in Bendigo and announced $2 million in grant funding.

Kids high ‘consumers’ of TV’s 374 daily gambling ads

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New research released today to coincide with Shifting the goal posts on sports betting, a Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October) panel event, has found gambling ads are played four times more often during sports programming than during non-sport TV.

Everyday heroes overcome the stigma of gambling harm

Gambling Harm Awareness Week – 7-13 October 2019

The stigma associated with gambling harm is so strong that many people would rather acknowledge a drug or alcohol addiction than disclose a gambling problem. During Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October 2019), Victorians are being asked to consider the negative consequences of their own or someone else’s gambling, to listen to the stories of others who have been affected, and to support the people in their lives who may be struggling.

Support For Mental Health And Gambling Harm Program

Alfred Health’s Mental Health and Gambling Program will receive a $1.2 million funding boost over three years from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. This will strengthen the model of care for clients and provide them with better health outcomes.

Public libraries open doors as gambling alternative

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has announced the expansion of the Libraries After Dark program, which gives vulnerable Victorians access to six additional libraries for evening activities. Dandenong, Springvale, Sebastopol and Moe were the successful funding recipients for the next stage of the Libraries After Dark project. Werribee Plaza and Bairnsdale will both receive funding from 2020.

Application for new venue with 52 pokies by Ellinbank Football & Netball Club withdrawn

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Ellinbank Football & Netball Club Inc has withdrawn the application it made to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for approval of a new gaming venue with 52 pokies at Club Newmason in Warragul.

Encouraging all women to love the game

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It’s fitting that this Women’s Health Week falls in the midst of the Swisse Wellness VFL Women's Love the Game finals series. The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is delighted to be caught up in the footy fever, sharing the naming rights to this month’s competition.

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