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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...

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.

Reclaim your life with the 100 Day Challenge

Take a break with the 100 Day Challenge

What would you do in 2019 with the time and money you could save by taking a break from gambling? The Foundation’s 100 Day Challenge advertising campaign will be on air until mid-February.

Look after your welfare and your wallet this holiday season

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Christmas can be a stressful time of year. It's a time when routines are disrupted and financial demands increase, which can put pressure on your personal relationships and affect your mental health.

Preventing gambling harm in CALD communities

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz launched a library of videos, forming part of suite of new resources aimed at reducing gambling-related harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities at a Refugee Week event in Hoppers Crossing today. Developed by the Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN), the videos form part of their 'Emerging Communities Responsible Gambling Program' designed to help new migrant communities understand the risks associated with gambling, overcome the stigma related to gambling harm and encourage people to seek advice and support.

100 ways to do more with your life

Take a break with the 100 Day Challenge

Victorians who think they may benefit from changing the role gambling plays in their life are encouraged to take up the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 100 Day Challenge, released today. Ideal for anyone who wants to take a break from, or cut down on the amount of time and money they spend on gambling, the 100 Day Challenge offers participants 100 alternative activities over 100 days.

Take a break from gambling: 100 ways in 100 days

Take a break with the 100 Day Challenge

The Foundation has released a new program for people who want to change their relationship with gambling – the 100 Day Challenge. Available in app and web-based formats, the 100 Day Challenge offers participants 100 activities over 100 days, allowing them to take a break from, or cut back on, their gambling.

New help seeking videos in Chinese, Arabic, and Vietnamese

Anyone can have an issue with gambling

The Foundation has released new videos in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic to explain the signs of gambling harm and describe what to expect during a consultation with a Gambler’s Help or other professional counsellor.

Former gamblers celebrate a decade of helping others to recover

Former gamblers are celebrating 10 years of helping others overcome their gambling issues at an event in Heidelberg today where the state's Gambler's Help peer program started in 2005.

Addressing problem gambling harm: Working with families and friends

The impact of problem gambling on the families and friends of gamblers is the focus of a new push from the body responsible for providing the state's gambling help services.

No wrong door for gambling help

With fewer than one in 10 people with gambling problems seeking formal counselling the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is working with doctors to promote early diagnosis and treatment.

New gambling support services for Aboriginal communities

Gambling help services for Aboriginal communities in regional Victoria have been boosted with new services being launched today in the Loddon Mallee, Goulburn Valley and Gippsland regions.

Collaboration supports ‘no wrong door’ approach to gambling support services

Collaboration between health and welfare services and gambling support services to help Victorians affected by gambling is the focus of a conference with over 300 health professionals in Melbourne today.

Putting clients first – New model for Gambler's Help services

New services for culturally diverse communities and a better service system for all Victorians are the key features of a brand new model for gambling help services unveiled by the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Edward O'Donohue today.

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.

Gambling study highlights need for culturally diverse education and services

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Language and culture can affect the way Tamil and Chinese speaking people in Victoria perceive gambling and can prevent those with gambling problems from getting help according to a study by Monash university.

Many ways to gamble, many ways to get help

With only one in 10 people with gambling problems reaching out for help, a new advertising campaign and website - - have been launched to promote help services.

Pilot study to inform future problem gambling treatment research

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Investigators from Flinders University have completed the first randomised control trial to compare the effectiveness of exposure therapy and cognitive therapy in treating people with gambling problems.

Counsellors back new problem gambling training and research program

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Counsellors tackling problem gambling have welcomed plans to establish a new clinical training and research program ultimately leading to better treatment for people with gambling problems.

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