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Teenage gambling linked to multiple public health issues

Teenagers on an iPad

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.

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.

Foundation-funded researcher awarded ABC residency

Researcher Dr Alex Russell

A gambling researcher funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation since 2013 has been awarded one of the ABC’s highly-prized Top Five residencies for 2019

Foundation cited in the British Medical Journal

Kristal Yeung, Kate Scalzo, David Hunt and Rosa Billi of the Research and Evaluation team.

Research funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has been cited in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ), read across the world by medical and allied health professionals.

Funding opportunity for researchers

Applications are now open for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research Program.

Participants needed for LGBTIQ+ gambling study

People who identify as LGBTIQ+ are invited to participate in a new study examining their gambling experiences.

Early career researcher grants announced

Five new projects have been awarded a total of almost $250,000 as part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s early career researcher grants.

Australian Racing Fact Book 2017–2018 edition published

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A Guide to the Racing Industry in Australia 2017–2018 outlines the key results and statistics from the Australian thoroughbred sector.

Latest edition of the Australian Gambling Statistics

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This edition contains 2016–2017 gambling statistics for all Australian states and territories.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: The Foundation's third biennial conference—Gambling Harm 2018: Taking Action for Change, new research, Gambling Harm Awareness Week, awareness campaign 'The Talk', the formation of a lived experience advisory committee.

Young men vulnerable to betting inducement ads

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Betting operators are using direct marketing channels, like SMS, to advertise inducements to regular sports and racing bettors – predominantly young men – that effectively encourage them to gamble more frequently and with larger amounts of money, thereby increasing their risk of harm.

Gambling-like apps: not suitable for children

Louise speaking at Taking Action conference

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation-funded CQUniversity research led by Professor Matthew Rockloff suggests there may be a role for legislative intervention to play in preventing harm from electronic gaming machine/pokies-themed apps.

Victorians lose $2.695 billion on pokies in 2017–2018

Rows of pokie machines with shallow depth of field.

On 27 July 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2017–2018 financial year.

More Research Funding To Reduce Gambling Harm

Minister Marlene Kairouz MP at the launch of early career research grants 2018

The Andrews Labor Government will provide a further $300,000 in grants for early career researchers to study Victoria’s gambling behaviours and ways to reduce harm. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today launched the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s (VRGF) grants program and Research Agenda 2018–2022 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

$300k for gambling harm early career researcher projects

University students

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, today invited applications for up to six individual gambling harm-related early career researcher projects, with a total funding pool of $300,000 GST excl. available.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: National Reconciliation Week, gambling harm in Aboriginal communities, Love The Game, Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study, The Foundation’s third biennial conference, Gambling harm: Taking action for change, Inside Gambling.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: our new websites, Melbourne Football Club's commitment to phase out pokies, Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study, The Foundation’s third biennial conference, Gambling harm: Taking action for change.

New study to shine light on Victorian gambling

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A new major study examining the impact gambling has on the health outcomes of Victorians has been announced by Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz.

Attitudes to gambling – latest Victorian data

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Stigma remains a significant issue for people experiencing gambling harm, with more than 50 per cent of adults who participated in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2017 community attitudes survey declaring most people would think less of a person who struggles with their gambling.

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