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News and media releases from 2022

Commission approves additional 15 pokies at McKinnon Hotel

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On 13 December 2022, VGCCC approved an application from McKinnon Hotels Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the McKinnon Hotel from 45 to 60.

10 years of addressing gambling harm


The Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, proud of our public health approach and our funded research which provides a solid evidence base in the push for reform and the development of innovative partner programs.

One simple question on the path to recovery

In the past 12 months, have you had an issue with gambling?

A panel of healthcare professionals consider the value of an in-consultation screening question inviting patients to disclose gambling harm alongside other health issues, and improving pathways to services for those seeking help.

The role of gambling in family violence


A gambling harm module incorporated into a men’s behaviour change program running in the Upper Murray gives participants the opportunity to understand the effects of gambling within the context of family violence.

Unlocking loot boxes: gaming hype, or gambling-like?


With a dramatic increase in the popularity of in-game microtransactions such as loot boxes, researchers are alert to their gambling-like properties which can influence the behaviour of gamers and lead to gambling harm.

First Nations’ approaches lead to prosperous futures


First Nations community leaders Cormach Evans and Dr Luke Martin yarn about healthcare equity and the importance of a connection to Country in social and emotional wellbeing.

Collective action targets gambling harm


Ballarat’s All-In initiative brought together healthcare organisations, businesses, sporting clubs and community groups to commit to actions to raise awareness of gambling harm, reduce stigma, encourage help seeking and promote alternative recreation.

Join the Lived Experience Advisory Committee

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The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from people who have personal experience of gambling harm, including as an affected other, to join our Lived Experience (LEX) Advisory Committee.

How gambling products cause harm

There needs to be more recognition of the harmful nature of many gambling products, especially pokies, sports betting, and casino table games.

Now open: funding opportunity for researchers

Applications are now open for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research Program (Round 12).

Innovative pilot tackling gambling harm in Ballarat

The Foundation has piloted an innovative new program in Ballarat, which equips allied health professions with a new way of screening patients to determine the best treatments to get them back on track. It will increase access to, and training for, practitioners who operate within the mental health, alcohol and other drugs sectors and are treating people vulnerable to gambling harm.

Victorians lose $2.237 billion on pokies in 2021-22

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On 22 July 2022, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2021-22 financial year.

Building on the public health approach


The Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, proud of our partnership approach and our solid research base.

Gambling addiction: where does treatment belong?


The Foundation’s Principal Clinical Advisor Tony Clarkson addressed the 2022 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference on the place of the gambling treatment sector within the broader suite of mental health and alcohol and other drug services.

Playing their part: engaging parents in online gaming


A webinar series on gambling-related risks for young people developed by Bethany Community Support is designed to help parents understand the immersive world of online gaming, and introduce them to support services across the Barwon and Great South Coast regions.

Fighting against all odds

It shocked me to learn through recent media reports that an average of 948 gambling ads are shown every single day on free-to-air TV in Victoria. Worse,...

Hawks congratulated for flying away from pokies

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation today welcomed the announcement by Hawthorn Football Club that it has finalised arrangements to completely divest itself of pokies. With the sale...

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