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2015–2017 projects

Prevention Partnership Program projects

  • Starting the conversation (Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative) – working with local Aboriginal groups, artists and organisations in the Greater Geelong area, this project developed a short film and resources with culturally safe and appropriate messages about gambling harm.
  • Promoting responsible gambling in local workplaces (Child and Family Services Ballarat – CAFS) – CAFS partnered with local businesses to pilot workplace activities that aimed to prevent the onset and stigma associated with gambling harm in the Ballarat area. A number of resources for workplaces were also produced and can be accessed via the CAFS website link above.
  • Increasing the odds for safety and respect (Women's Health in the North) –focusing on the link between family violence and gambling in Melbourne’s north and east, this project aimed to strengthen risk assessment mechanisms, referral pathways and service delivery across the gambling and family violence sectors, to both increase the safety of women experiencing violence, and reduce harm from gambling. Resources developed can be accessed via WHIN’s website link above.
  • Reducing gambling frequency (Carer's Victoria – HealthWest) – HealthWest partnered with six culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) organisations to increase awareness among seniors in Melbourne’s north-west of the risks associated with gambling and the alternative recreation opportunities available. The project also involved the training of staff in local government and community services who work with vulnerable seniors. A number of resources for CALD communities were developed and can be accessed via HealthWest’s website link above.
  • Don't bet your life (Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc.) – this project worked with the Victorian Vietnamese community in a number of settings to increase awareness of gambling harm. One activity involved partnering with LINK Health and Community to produce theatre workshops (Three sides of the coin) to inform the Vietnamese community's discussion about gambling harm and reduce stigma related to seeking help.
  • ReSPIN (Banyule Community Health) – ReSPIN recruits, trains and supports a pool of volunteers to talk to community members, groups, media and professionals about their experiences with gambling. It aims to encourage community conversations about gambling harm by providing speaking opportunities for people to talk about their experiences with gambling and reduce the stigma associated with problem gambling.
  • My moola (First Nations Foundation) – this project aims to reduce gambling harm in Aboriginal communities by providing financial literacy training to staff in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across Victoria.
  • Aboriginal gambling and financial management project (Latrobe Community Health Service – LCHS) – LCHS collaborated with the local Aboriginal community to develop financial literacy and gambling resources, and worked with partner agencies to embed gambling harm prevention policies within their organisations.
  • Three sides of the coin (Link Health and Community) – this project sought to build on an existing repertoire of theatrical vignettes to support education and raise awareness of gambling harm within vulnerable communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse groups in outer urban areas and people in prison settings.
  • Building the capacity of Gambler's Help community educators (Monash City Council) – Monash City Council developed a capacity-building toolbox to support the work of the foundation's Gambler's Help community educators. This included best-practice templates for engaging and communicating with local communities about gambling harm.
  • Clayton CANVAS (Monash City Council) –this project delivered an innovative communications campaign within the local community of Monash. With a focus on ‘at-risk’ groups, it built the capacity of local champions to understand and respond to the issue of gambling, and equipped them in discussing gambling harm within the community.
  • Apprentices Project (Incolink) – targeting young male apprentices aged 16–35, this project raised awareness of the risks associated with gambling and developed a network of support within the construction industry. It also focused on enabling workers either experiencing or at risk of harm from gambling, to access support services.

Wyndham gambling project

Horn of Africa Communities Network

This project aimed to develop sustainable, culturally and linguistically appropriate education, skills and resources to five refugee and newly arrived migrant communities in Melbourne’s outer west.

Statewide training package and resources, alcohol and other drugs services

Odyssey House Victoria

An accredited online training course for the alcohol and other drugs workforce about the identification and treatment of gambling harm.

Building the capacity of the criminal justice system

St Luke's Anglicare

Developed training, screening tools and resources to build the capacity of workers in the criminal justice system to both identify and appropriately respond to clients affected by gambling harm.

Community solutions

Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA)

The VLGA provided information sessions for local government employees and assisted local governments to implement organisational policies that reduce gambling-related harm. The project also provided local communities with information and resources to assist them to participate in the EGM planning a decision making processes.

Putting the health and wealth back into Whittlesea

Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC)

This project involved engaging with local employers and jobseeker organisations who employ or work with people at significant risk of gambling harm. WCC developed gambling awareness action plans with employers, including training, information sessions, access to alternative recreation and the development of workplace policies.

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