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Training resources

The Foundation's Professional Development Centre is committed to sharing knowledge and providing training to health professionals working with clients affected by gambling.

As part of our program, we regularly ask gambling experts to deliver webinar presentations.

Behaviour and attitudes of fans towards sports betting

This session is presented by Dr Emma Seal from RMIT University and Buly Cardak from LaTrobe University. They go through the results based on a survey conducted with 15,000 Victorian sport fans, which was undertaken in partnership with the Foundation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest sample of sports fans that has addressed sport betting behaviour, attitudes to sport betting and perceptions of the attitudes and behaviours of others (social norms).

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In it to win it: An interdisciplinary investigation of sports betting

This presentation by Dr Ross Gordon will share findings from an Australian Research Council Discovery project that aims to better understand how young adults use, communicate about and experience mobile phone sports betting applications.

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Monitoring adolescent gambling in Victoria

Dr Megan Freund from the University of Newcastle, NSW provides an overview of the 2017 Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey. Dr Freund presents on the research methods, summarises the findings of the final report, and provides a preview of additional analyses that have been completed.

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Loot boxes and gaming addiction

Dr Jim Sauer (University of Tasmania) and Dr Aaron Drummond (Massey University) uncovers important psychological and legal similarities between loot boxes and conventional forms of gambling, present some data demonstrating behavioural associations between loot boxes and gambling, and address the idea that engagement with loot boxes might serve as a gateway for future gambling.

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Gambling problems among military personnel after deployment

Dr Sean Cowlishaw from Melbourne University’s Phoenix Australia Centre presented findings from his study highlighting the extent, risk-factors, and implications of gambling problems among current members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) following deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

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Lunchtime Learning: Bingo in Victoria: new technologies and challenges for regulation

Bingo is generally considered to be a relatively harmless form of gambling, however digital technologies are changing the nature of the game. Sarah MacLean outlines findings from a collaborative study of bingo in three communities where disadvantage is prevalent.

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Gambling and homelessness among older people in Victoria: understanding the two-way relationship

This presentation by Dr Brian Vanderberg from Monash University presents the findings of an exploratory study of how gambling and homelessness is linked in older age.

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Counting the costs of pokies: how those with greater access lose more

In this presentation, Prof David Johnston from Monash University will share new evidence on the potential benefits and harms of greater geographic accessibility to suburban gambling venues containing electronic gaming machines (pokies) will be examined.

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The second national study of interactive gambling in Australia (2019-20)

This webinar will present updated key findings from the second national study of interactive gambling in Australia since the first study was held in 2014.

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Gambling live streams: what are they, and why do they matter?

This webinar will explore this rapidly-evolving ecosystem of gambling live streaming, and why it should be of interest to gambling researchers, and policymakers.

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COVID-19: Telehealth in practice with Dr Gabi Bryne

This webinar presented by Dr Gabi Bryne will present findings from a Foundation-led research project which gathered detailed information from Gambler’s Help counselling staff about their experiences, and that of their clients, on telehealth counselling during COVID-19.

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Gambling harm in Aboriginal communities

In this presentation, findings from two exploratory studies of gambling will be shared. The studies were initiated and conducted by Mallee District Aboriginal Services and Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Services, in collaboration with La Trobe University.

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Loot boxes in video games and gambling harm

This presentation outlines evidence on how common loot boxes are in popular video games in Australia and examine survey research on the relationships between loot box use, gambling problems and harm.

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Gambling activity among teens and young adults in Australia

Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and other Australian Institute of Family Studies research into sports betting among young Australians, this seminar presents important new insights.

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Youth/Young adult webinar series – Insight into esports

Nancy Greer, AIFS talks about esports becoming increasingly popular worldwide and are particularly attractive to children, adolescents, and young adults.

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Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on gambling and relapse

This webinar examines what we know so far about the impact of COVID-19 on gambling behaviour, promoting "healthy isolation" to mitigate risk and relapse associated gambling behaviour and common comorbidities, factors contributing to lapse and relapse, why relapse is common and why relapse prevention strategies should be integral to any treatment plan.

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Responsible Gambling, Customer Support and Exclusion – Tabcorp

Brett Hetherington speaks to Tabcorp about their responsible gambling and exclusion support options available for both online and land-based customers.

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Third party exclusion program - Crown Melbourne

Brett Hetherington speaks to Crown Melbourne about their third-party exclusion offering for their customers.

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Sticking to limits in gaming venues: A new type of intervention

Dr Simone Rodda presents the findings of a series of studies that were conducted in Victorian pokies venues.

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How social networks influence gambling behaviour

Dr Alex Russell discusses 'Social influences on gamblers by risk group: An egocentric social network analysis'.

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Professor Matthew Rockloff discusses 'Mobile EGMs apps – The perfect substitute or the perfect storm?'.

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The impact of gambling advertising on vulnerable adults

Professor Nerilee Hing discusses 'Effects of wagering marketing on vulnerable adults'.

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Webinar – What is meant by the term 'evidence-based'?

Tony Jorm discusses 'What does 'evidence-based' mean?

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Webinar – Gambling activity in Australia

Andrew Armstrong discusses findings from the 2015 'Household, income and labour dynamics in Australia' Survey.

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Self exclusion programs in Victoria

Brett Hetherington speaks to self-exclusion providers to provide insights on their operation.

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Webinar – In-venue observations of gambling

Dr Jason Landon discusses 'The feasibility of in-venue observations of EGM gambling'.

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Webinar – Lived experience: helping people through gambling addiction and recovery

Gabi Byrne discusses the benefit of lived experience when supporting others through recovery stages.

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Webinar – Coherence therapy

Simon d'Orsogna discusses coherence therapy and provides and overview of how it works.

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Webinar – How gambling really works

Rob Wootton busts common myths about various gambling forms.

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Webinar – Gambling addiction and recovery

Dr Sophie Vasiliadis discusses 'Journey's through gambling: Strategies across life stages'.

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Webinar – Family violence and gambling

Dr Maria Bellringer discusses how common family violence and gambling is and what the implications are.

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