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2020 Gambling Harm Conference supporter kit

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s biennial conference is Australia’s only conference dedicated to addressing gambling harm in our communities.

The aims of Gambling Harm Conference 2020: Every conversation counts are to exchange knowledge and share experiences about, and inspire new ideas for, preventing and reducing gambling harm.

Conference delegates will largely comprise professionals who work in:

  • gambling treatment services
  • mental health
  • allied health
  • public health
  • research
  • community organisations
  • government.

This supporter kit will assist you to share information about the conference through social media, newsletters and workplace or community groups.

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Key messages

  • Gambling Harm Conference 2020: Every conversation counts will take place on 23–25 March 2020 at the Frankston Arts Centre in Frankston, Victoria.
  • The theme ‘Every conversation counts’ focuses on bringing gambling conversations into the open and reducing stigma.
  • The conference provides a unique opportunity for all sectors with an interest in gambling harm in Victoria and beyond to share experiences and learn from each other.
  • The multi-disciplinary conference has attracted more than 80 local, national and international presenters from across the public health, allied health, community, research and government sectors, as well as people with lived experience of gambling harm.
  • The conference features a diverse line-up of renowned keynote presenters including Professor Samson Tse, Professor Anita Heiss, Professor Robin Room and Jason Stephenson.
  • Through practical case studies and the latest research, the conference will explore the full spectrum of responses to gambling harm – from prevention and early intervention through to treatment.
  • The conference will showcase responses to gambling-related issues by Aboriginal communities, with a focus on Aboriginal leadership, knowledge, art and culture.
  • Gambling harm in vulnerable populations will be explored at the conference. At-risk groups include culturally and linguistically diverse communities, young people, and people experiencing family violence, mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.
  • A vibrant program of art and performance across the three days will encourage engagement, learning, reflection, and understanding.
  • Three-day tickets are available for $295. Register by visiting gamblingharmconference.com.au/register.
  • Due to venue capacity, sessions are strictly limited to those who register by 5pm on Friday, 6 March 2020 or earlier, if booked out.
  • Visit the conference website for the full program and information on keynote speakers and accommodation, and to access the conference app.

Quick facts about gambling harm in Victoria

  • Gambling harm is a significant public health issue. People who experience gambling harm often face other challenges at the same time, such as mental illness, addiction to alcohol and other drugs, or family violence.
  • The social costs of gambling harm to the Victorian community are estimated to be $7 billion a year.
  • Each year, more than half-a-million adults in Victoria experience negative consequences from their gambling. Damaging attitudes to, and perceptions of, gambling harm increase stigma, rejection, discrimination and exclusion of people who experience it.
  • It is estimated that for each person who experiences severe gambling harm, up to six others are affected, most often family and friends.
  • Research suggests fewer Victorians are gambling today than a decade ago, but many of those who are gambling are doing it more often and spending more.
  • Many Victorians who do not gamble regularly or spend large amounts of money, and who would not identify as having a gambling problem, do not make a connection between their gambling and a range of negative side effects, such as stress.

Social media

Social media is a great way to share information about the conference online:

  • create your own posts and tag them with the conference hashtag #EveryConvoCounts
  • copy and paste the sample social media posts below
  • share posts by the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Don’t forget to tag us in your posts:

  • Twitter posts
    • We’re proud to be attending Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s ‘Gambling Harm Conference 2020: Every conversation counts’. You can join us by registering here: gamblingharmconference.com.au/register #EveryConvoCounts
    • Gambling harm is a significant public health issue. At Gambling Harm Conference 2020, hear practical case studies and the latest research on prevention, early intervention and treatment in Victoria and beyond. gamblingharmconference.com.au/register #EveryConvoCounts
    • Gambling Harm Conference 2020 is happening 23–25 March. Join more than 90 international and local speakers at Australia’s only conference dedicated to addressing #gamblingharm #EveryConvoCounts gamblingharmconference.com.au/register
  • Facebook and Linkedin posts
    • Be part of Australia’s only conference dedicated to addressing gambling harm in our communities. Hosted by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, ‘Gambling Harm Conference 2020’ is taking place 23–25 March in Frankston. Register: gamblingharmconference.com.au/register #EveryConvoCounts
    • A diverse community of people with an interest in gambling harm will come together 23–25 March to share experiences, exchange knowledge and inspire new ideas to tackle this public health issue. Register now for Gambling Harm Conference 2020: gamblingharmconference.com.au/register #EveryConvoCounts
    • Across three days, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation will bring hundreds of people together to encourage conversations about gambling harm, share experiences and learn from each other. Registrations now open: gamblingharmconference.com.au/register #EveryConvoCounts
    • Aboriginal services and communities are invited to attend Gambling Harm Conference 2020. This conference showcases Aboriginal leadership, knowledge, art and culture, as well as community responses to gambling-related issues. Registrations now open: gamblingharmconference.com.au/register #EveryConvoCounts

Social media tiles

Download a selection of social media assets that you can use with your posts across the different social media platforms.

Newsletter templates

  • Long version (150 words)

    Gambling Harm Conference 2020

    Renowned keynote speakers Professor Samson Tse, Professor Anita Heiss, Professor Robin Room and Jason Stephenson will headline the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s biennial conference in Frankston, 23–25 March.

    Featuring practical case studies and the latest research, the conference will explore responses to gambling harm across prevention, early intervention and treatment in Victoria and beyond. This year’s theme – ‘Every conversation counts’ – highlights the importance of talking openly about gambling harm to reduce stigma and encourage help seeking.

    Join delegates from a range of sectors including public health, allied health, community, research and government, as well people with lived experience of gambling harm, to learn, connect, share experiences and inspire new ideas.

    Join us for Australia’s only conference dedicated to addressing gambling harm in our communities:

  • Short version (75 words)

    Gambling Harm Conference 2020: Every conversation counts

    Renowned keynote speakers Professor Samson Tse, Professor Anita Heiss, Professor Robin Room and Jason Stephenson will headline the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s biennial conference in Frankston, 23–25 March.

    The conference will explore gambling harm prevention, early intervention and treatment activities in Victoria and beyond.

    Don’t miss Australia’s only conference dedicated to addressing gambling harm in our communities – learn more or register.

Contact details

If you have any queries about using this supporter kit, please contact us.

General enquiries

Rachel Tan
Communication Advisor
T: 03 9452 2619
E: Rachel.B.Tan@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

Media support

Fiona Skivington
Media Manager
T: 03 9452 2650
M: 0428 248 931
E: fiona.skivington@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

Social media support

Andrew Brown
Digital & Social Media Coordinator
T: 03 9452 2641
E: Andrew.D.Brown@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

Thank you for supporting Gambling Harm Conference 2020: Every conversation counts.

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