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New funding targets problem gambling

Projects targeting young people, seniors, Vietnamese families, apprentices, at-risk gamblers and Chinese restaurant workers are being funded under a new program to prevent problem gambling.

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's new local prevention program has awarded $2.2 million to 15 health and community organisations to deliver projects across the state.

The projects will also target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, international students, prisoners and the wider community.

Chief executive Serge Sardo says the Foundation received more than 40 applications for funding from across the state.

"We understand this is the biggest local prevention program targeting at-risk communities and groups in Australia.

Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O'Donohue says the new program will reinforce Victoria's position as a leader in addressing problem gambling.

"Like with other public health issues, prevention is critical. These projects will target vulnerable communities and groups where the risk factors for developing issues with gambling are highest," he said.

Projects being funded for 2014-2015 including:

  • Promoting alternative recreation for regular gamblers
  • Increasing awareness about the risks of gambling with apprentices and international students
  • Working with seniors groups to promote alternatives to visiting gambling venues for social outings
  • Training workers in mental health and drug and alcohol services on how to address the link between addictions
  • Working with prisoners with gambling issues to address recidivism
  • Targeting schools and sporting clubs in regional communities to reach at risk young people
  • Tackling problem gambling relating to family violence

Mr Sardo says the new program builds on the Foundation's existing prevention and community education activities including public information campaigns and programs for schools and sporting clubs.

"Over the past two years, we have boosted community education and prevention significantly and these new projects will build on that legacy," he said.

Local prevention projects - 2014-2015

Applicant Population group/s Catchments Project funding (ex GST)
Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc CALD – Vietnamese families 3 $149,955
Banyule Community Health/North East PCP - The Consumer Voices Project Diverse ages, cultures, genders, media 4 $157,000
Banyule Community Health/North East PCP – Transforming Spin to Community Win All communities, males, < 25yr 16 $158,950
Bentleigh Bayside Community Health 18-24yr, 25-35yr, international students 2 $94,916
Chrysalis Insight Inc. Catchment population, mental health 2 $200,769
Macedon Ranges / North Western Medicare Local CALD 4 $180,000
Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local/PCP CALD – Chinese communities 1 $ 252,574
Latrobe Community Health Indigenous, international, Gippsland residents 2 $ 111,062
Monash City Council Young sportsmen, isolated CALD & older people, trades & labourers, international students, mental & other health conditions, Monash residents 1 $ 205,052
Odyssey House Victoria AOD sector, mental health 16 $122,771
Redundancy Payment Central Fund/Incolink Apprentices (building & construction) 16 $165,200
St Luke's/Anglicare Victoria Prisons 1 $70,068
UnitingCare Goulburn North East Vulnerable young people 1 $73,000
Whittlesea Community Connections Whittlesea residents 1 $99,000
Women's Health in the North People affected by family violence 5 $185,000

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