Health and community professionals
Research shows people seeking help for gambling harm are often experiencing other problems, such as anxiety or substance use issues. A 2015 study found almost three in four people receiving help for gambling were experiencing co-occurring or ‘comorbid’ conditions.
Conversely, clients of other services may be experiencing harm from gambling. A recent Foundation-funded study reported that six per cent of clients of Victorian mental health services experience severe gambling problems, a rate eight times higher than the general population.
Only 10 per cent of people with gambling problems seek formal help. When they do come into contact with services, it is often for other issues such as health, relationship breakdown or drug and alcohol issues which can result in problem gambling being unrecognised and untreated.
Screening and supporting patients for gambling harm
General practitioners (GPs) and allied health professionals can play an important role in identifying gambling-related harm in patients and help connect them to gambling support services.
This section of the website provides advice and resources to GPs and allied health professionals to help them:
- understand and identify signs of gambling harm
- initiate conversations with patients about gambling harm
- screen patients for gambling harm using a simple one-question screening tool
- learn how to refer patients to support and treatment services.
Read more about screening and supporting your patients.
Learning and professional development
Our learning and professional development program aims to strengthen the skills of Gambler’s Help professionals and others who work with people affected by gambling. It is informed by the needs and feedback of counsellors, community educators and venue support workers from our mainstream, In-language and First Nations Gambling Awareness Programs. We also collaborate with other sectors in providing and receiving training so we can deliver more holistic services.
Visit our Professional Development Centre.
Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)
The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) is the standardised measure of at risk behaviour in problem gambling. Assessing where your client is now can help you make informed decisions on how to assist them.
View the PGSI quiz.