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Foundation & partner events

Stigma, stories, science & solutions

Monday 18 October 2021

This year’s event will put the spotlight on stigma, which causes people who experience gambling harm to feel guilty, embarrassed and ashamed, and prevents them from seeking help. When people understand the underlying causes of their gambling, however, they often feel empowered to act and the stigma starts to fade.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, the Hon. Melissa Horne MP will officially launch the week and highlight the campaign's approach to the subject.

Stuart McDonald will share how he battled a pokies addiction that followed him for years across the state, exacerbated by alcohol and drug use as well as mental ill-health. Stuart is now a ReSPIN speaker, sharing his story to raise awareness of gambling harm.

Neuroscientist Dr Jared Cooney Horvath features in the Foundation’s latest campaign and he will join the launch to explain what happens in the brain when an addiction is developing, and how this is entirely reversible.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email: with your request.

Gambling harm is complicated

Understanding our diversity of experiences

Wednesday 20 October 2019

Gambling harm can happen to anyone, but the experience is not universal and some communities are at greater risk than others.

This Gambling Harm Awareness Week online event will focus on the highlights of studies conducted by Foundation-funded researchers into experiences of gambling harm among select groups in Victoria’s diverse communities. A Q&A session will follow.


Dr Aino Suomi, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, has developed a framework for engaging with people experiencing both mental ill-health and gambling harm, as described in her report, Lived experience of help-seeking in the presence of gambling related harms and coexisting mental health conditions.

Dr Andrea Waling, La Trobe University, with Associate Professor Nicki Dowling, Deakin University, studied the relationship between LGBTIQ+ status and gambling behaviour, and how LGBTIQ+ people characterise their engagement with gambling. Their research report is called Examining risk and protective factors for the development of gambling-related harms and problems in Victorian LGBTIQ+ communities.

Dr Hannah Pitt, Deakin University, conducted interviews and focus groups with people living with intellectual disability to better understand their experiences of gambling harm. She will share the findings, which are included in her report, People with intellectual disability and their lived experiences of gambling.

For more information, please visit this page.

Partner events

Behind gambling harm: neuroscience and comorbidity factors

Held by Gambler's Help City, a program of The Salvation Army

Tuesday 19 October 2021

Dan Lubman, Turning Point and Rethink Addiction; Sue Rosehain, Women's Health in the North; and Stuart, lived experience speaker will share their perspectives on gambling harm and recovery. Collectively, they will uncover the myths, secrets and stigma to provide evidence for hope and recovery.

ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter Adrian Eagle will join to provide sounds of hope.

Register to attend on this page.

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What songs mean the most to you

Held by Cafs and Ballarat North Neighbourhood House

Tuesday 19 October 2021

Participants will choose their favourite song and reflect on its significance to them, and use this opportunity to open up and share stories with other attendees. Lived experience speakers will be in attendance to share their stories, and live performers will sing and play their own music.

Register here to attend.

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Online environment, sports betting and our community

Held by Gambler's Help Southern, a program of Connect Health & Community

Tuesday 19 October 2021

An interactive online session for councils and community organisations to connect and learn how gambling is affecing our communities. Dr Alex Russell, CQUniversity, will speak about the online gambling world, and a lived experience speaker will share their story.

Register hereto attend.

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A cross-sector conversation to analyse the interplay between gambling and other issues

Held by Gambler's Help Southern, a program of Connect Health & Community

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Join a sector of professionals who will discuss and examine the hidden impacts of gambling on children, relationships, family violence, drug and alcohol use, financial stress and mental health. This event will be of vital interest to service providers, workers and volunteers in the Mornington Peninsula region.

Register here to attend.

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Gambling and mental health

Held by the Mental Health Professionals' Network

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Carmelo Genovese, psychiatrist at The Alfred Hospital, & Chris Darwin, registered nurse and coordinator for Gambling Minds, will discuss the intersection of mental health and gambling harm including the use of a case study, and the impact of psychopharmacology medication on gambling harm.

Attendance is certificated by the MHPN for continuing professional development requirements of many registered health professions.

Register to receive the meeting link.

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Supporting schools in a pandemic

Held by EACH and Eastern Health

Wednesday 20 October 2021

This event is designed for school staff. Learn how to support engagement with students and families, identify and support vulnerable children, and appropriately escalate concerns, and identify two common wellbeing concerns: self-harm and gaming addiction. There will be special presentations from a counsellor, clinician and community engagement officer.

Register here to attend.

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Gambling harm awareness community forum

Held by Anglicare Victoria

Thursday 21 October 2021

This community forum will highlight neuroscientific research into how the brain changes and responds to gambling, and how an addiction can develop.

Guest speaker Jan Brunswick will talk about how her partner’s 25 year gambling problem affected her and their children.

For more information, please visit this page or email:

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eSafety keeping young people safe online

Held by Salvation Army and Gambler’s Help Inner North

Thursday 21 October 2021

Are you a parent or carer wondering how to keep young people healthy and safe online? This session will give you skills and tools to support kids to have a safe, positive online experience.

Register here to attend.

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Elder abuse and gambling harm

Held by EACH and Eastern Legal Centre

Thursday 21 October 2021

In this session, elder abuse will be discussed, including how to identify and respond, the connection with gambling harm as well as the referral pathways. The session will be interactive and provide an opportunity to workshop the complexities of this topical challenge within our community.

Register here to attend.

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Are you risking more than just money?

Held by Arabic Welfare

Friday 22 October 2021

Join Arabic Welfare for an informative session on to understand the signs, risks and impacts of gambling addiction beyond financial consequences.

Register here to attend the 1 to 2.30pm session.

Register here to attend the 7 to 8pm session.

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