Why is it relevant to me?
Health and social welfare workers outside the Gambler's Help services are often the first port of call for people seeking help with problem gambling.
As a health and social welfare professional, you can play a crucial role in:
- identifying clients with gambling problems
- offering advice and support
- referring clients to a specialist problem gambling service
- providing advice and support to the families and friends of problem gamblers
By understanding and recognising the symptoms, impacts and dynamics of problem gambling you will be better equipped to:
- effectively assess your client's problem
- make appropriate treatment or referral interventions
Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)
The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) is the standardised measure of at risk behaviour in problem gambling. It is a tool based on research on the common signs and consequences of problematic gambling. Assessing where your client is now can help you make informed decisions on how to assist them.