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Grand Final week ideal time to talk about gambling harm

Gambling Harm Awareness Week (19–25 October), which this year coincides with AFL Grand Final week, was today launched at a virtual event highlighting the risks sports betting can pose to young men, including footy players.

$500k for new research into gambling harm

Seven new research projects have been awarded funding under the annual Grants for Gambling Research Program (Round 10) administered by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. The projects have...

‘Rolling with resistance’: managing difficult client behaviours


A professional development workshop for financial counsellors considered ways to manage challenging client behaviours while also negotiating complex financial arrangements.

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.

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.

New report shows gambling problems and mental illness frequently occur together

Problem gambling in people seeking treatment for mental illness

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation today released a research report that shows problem gambling prevalence in gamblers who attended mental health services was eight times higher than in the Victorian general population, with one in two gamblers experiencing some level of gambling harm.

Survey of financial counsellors and clients released

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Financial Counselling Australia has released a new report, Problem Gambling Financial Counselling: Survey and Case Studies. The report is based on two surveys of specialist problem gambling financial counselling agencies conducted in late 2015.

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.

Evidence shows people with gambling problems often experience other problems

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Research highlighting the multiple health and social problems that people with gambling problems can experience is the focus of a new paper from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Social support helps build resilience to gambling triggered by stress

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New research indicates people with gambling problems are more likely than recreational gamblers to increase their gambling activity in response to challenging life situations such as financial concerns, physical illness, relationship or family stress, work problems and mental health issues.

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