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Previous Prevention Partnerships Program projects

Prevention Partnerships Program 2017–2019 projects

Banyule Community Health Service

This project ‘Gambling Harm, Prevention and Recovery – Podcast Strategy’ involved the production of 16 podcast episodes based on lived experiences of gambling harm, and focused on topics related to gambling prevention, harm and recovery. Watch a video about this project: 'Not a Dollar More' Podcast Series – Exploring Gambling Addiction, Harm And Recovery

Community Houses Association of the Outer Eastern Suburbs (CHAOS)

The ‘Together We Do Better’ project worked with CHAOS member organisations (Neighbourhood Houses) to develop their understanding and confidence in reducing gambling harm in the community. Neighbourhood houses were then resourced to develop locally relevant strategies to reduce risk.

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria

This project – ‘Gambling: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring – BREAK IT’ – focused on capacity building, the reduction of stigma and raising awareness of gambling harms in culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities in Melbourne and regional centres in Victoria.

Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN)

The project ‘Emerging Communities Responsible Gambling Program’ built on a pilot funded by the Foundation in 2016–2017. HACN developed community-driven, culturally and linguistically appropriate initiatives to assist refugee communities in west, north and south-east Melbourne to adopt strategies to reduce their risk of gambling harm. Watch a video about this project: Culturally Appropriate Initiatives For Refugee Communities

Incolink

The ‘Apprentice Prevention Education Project’ reduced gambling harm among building and construction industry apprentices through tailored, face-to-face education sessions delivered at TAFEs across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Institute of Games

The ‘No Gambling in Games’ project aimed to limit access and exposure of young people to gambling in video games through engaging prominent video game industry representatives in a series of workshops and conversations.

IPC Health

Based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, the ‘Young Leaders of the West’ project engaged young men and women to lead and highlight the role they can play in preventing harm from gambling. The project was led by IPC Health in partnership with Sons of the West (Western Bulldogs) and Brimbank City Council.

Link Health and Community

The ‘Three Sides of the Coin’ project used the dramatic arts with people who have lived experience of gambling harm, as a tool for recovery and peer support, and to reduce stigma. Watch a video about this project: Channelling Lived Experience Through Theatre Performance

Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS)

The ‘It's not all about the money' project worked with Elders and other community members in the Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang Aboriginal communities to co-design and implement interventions to reduce gambling harm in their communities.

Moreland City Council

The ‘Libraries After Dark’ project piloted a variety of after-hours programming provided through local libraries across four council areas (Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland), designed to provide at-risk groups with a range of social or recreational options during the evening.

North East Primary Care Partnership (auspice through Banyule Community Health Service)

The ‘ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau’ project recruited, trained and supported people affected by gambling to share their stories and raise awareness of gambling harm through community education sessions delivered to diverse audiences across Victoria.

Reclink Australia

The ‘Regional Football Leagues – Gambling Prevention Project’ established football leagues in Central Victoria and Gippsland as a model of engagement to break cycles of disadvantage and, working with Gambler’s Help regional agencies, break pathways to high-risk behaviours, such as gambling and other comorbidities.

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)

The ‘#BeAware of Gambling Harm’ project adopted a strengths-based community development approach to preventing gambling harm and embedded this into the existing work of the Healthy Lifestyles Team at VAHS.

Victorian Local Governance Association

The ‘Councillor Champions, Civic Communities’ project raised awareness among local government councillors about possible tools councils may use in the development of gambling policies. The project also assisted local communities to participate in decision-making processes related to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Watch two videos about this project: Helping Communities Prevent Gambling Harm, Taking Community Action Against Gambling Harm

2018–2019 regional and rural prevention projects

Bendigo Family and Financial Services

This project conducted a pilot education program – ‘Youth Gambling Support Program’ – in the Bendigo region for people under 25 years receiving Centrelink Newstart or Youth Allowance to learn about risks associated with micro transactions and loot boxes and the normalisation of gambling through gaming.

Bethany Community Support Inc

The ‘A Young Person’s Message’ project involved working with 15- to 25-year-olds in Hamilton, Warrnambool and Geelong to develop localised messages with the aim of reducing gambling harm experienced by young people.

Mallee Sports Assembly

The ‘Sport is a Game Not a Shame’ project engaged local sporting clubs in the Northern Mallee region to investigate the prevalence of gambling in these venues and the impact on the community, especially for Aboriginal and young people, and to provide support through information sessions.

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation

This project – 'Cultural Festivals – the Heart of Community Health' – developed a ‘Koori Event Kit’ to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and members of the Aboriginal, African, Nepalese and Filipino communities in Wodonga to run events that increase local understanding of the risks of gambling and awareness of Gambler's Help services. Watch a video about this project: Bringing People Together To Raise Awareness Of Gambling Harm

South Gippsland Shire Council

The ‘Community Champions Go Gambling Free’ project worked with the rural communities of Mirboo North and Leongatha to develop policies and activities to reduce harm from pokies and other forms of gambling.

2018 CALD prevention projects

Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council

This project – ‘The GAME: Gambling Aware, for Multicultural Empowerment’ – trained community members as ‘gambling aware champions’ to help deliver workshops for CALD communities on how gambling works, how to identify problem gambling and what they can do about it. The project also raised awareness of gambling harm through developing, translating and disseminating print and online resources.

Arabic Welfare

This project – ‘Pleasure for Leisure: social club for Arabic-speaking people wanting to have fun and learn’ – worked with newly arrived Iraqi/Syrian refugees and migrants in Melbourne’s north. Navigating the culturally powerful language of ‘stigma’, the project raised awareness among participants of the risks of gambling and strengthened help-seeking behaviours.

Australian Greek Welfare Society

The ‘Gambling – Secret No More’ project delivered a series of bilingual forums to the Greek community, with panellists including GPs, mental health professionals, Gambler’s Help counsellors, financial counsellors and a mathematician. At least 1000 participants from the Greek community drew on the expertise and lived experience of the panellists. Watch a video about this project: Questioning Gambling Cultural Norms Among Greek Australians

Australian Vietnamese Women's Association

The ‘CALD Gambling Prevention for Vietnamese’ project raised awareness of gambling harm within the Vietnamese community by working in partnership with Link Health and Community through the ‘Three Sides of the Coin’ project to organise a series of creative workshops in both English and Vietnamese. These led to the development of theatre performances aimed at reducing stigma associated with gambling harm and encouraging help-seeking.

Cambodian Association Victoria

This project – ‘Tackling Problem Gambling in the Cambodian Community in the City of Greater Dandenong’ – ran forums for members of the Cambodian community in the City of Greater Dandenong and surrounding areas to raise awareness about the risks of gambling. The project also delivered recreational activities that encouraged social connection in non-gambling environments for at least 500 Cambodian community members, and trained at least 10 Cambodian senior citizens to raise awareness and reach out to affected community members.

Ethnic Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria

The ‘Don't bet on it’ project used the radio station 3ZZZ to run a targeted media campaign directed at CALD communities of Melbourne, including radio commercials, interviews with prevention specialists and interviews with people who have had difficulties with their gambling.

Geelong Ethnic Communities Council – Diversitat

The ‘Simulated Gambling Games and Adolescence’ project conducted a series of workshops with community leaders, bilingual workers and community development workers. The workshops raised awareness of simulated gambling within online games and gaming for adults in the CALD community and promoted a broader understanding of the dangers these games present for adolescents, families and the wider community.

Migrant Resource Centre North West Region

This project – ‘By New Settlers for New Settlers (BNS4NS)’ – delivered a series of monthly information sessions/workshops from May to November 2018 aimed at newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker communities in the north and west of Melbourne. In collaboration with community leaders, multilingual information was provided online and in print, along with the face-to-face workshop sessions.

Serbian Community Association of Australia

The project – ‘Addressing Problem Gambling in the Serbian Community’ – raised community awareness by providing information in Serbian about gambling harm, disseminated through information sessions and in-language resources. The project used Serbian language media, including radio and print, to further raise awareness about the risks of gambling. Alternative recreational activities were also organised to address social isolation within the Serbian community.

Somali Australian Council of Victoria

This project – ‘Prevention through Education, Inclusion and Engagement’ – worked in consultation with community leaders and mainstream service providers to deliver eight community forums. The project also trained leaders within the Somali community in West Heidelberg to support gambling harm prevention strategies within their area.

Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association

The 'Vietnamese Group in Action' project established a new group to recruit people at risk of gambling harm to teach them how to take photos using a camera and video equipment and participate in monthly information sessions.

Victorian Arabic Social Services

The ‘Know the Odds’ project used weekly workshops and activities to raise awareness among Arabic-speaking young people under 30 years about the risks of gambling. The sessions focused on topics such as social isolation, the difficulties of resettlement in Australia, stigma, where to find help, navigating Australian society, the dangers of online gambling and gaming, and the impact of trauma and other influences that place community members at risk of gambling harm.

Prevention Partnerships Program 2015–2017 projects

Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc.

The ‘Don't bet your life’ 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.

Banyule Community Health

The project ‘ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau’ recruited, trained and supported a pool of volunteers to talk to community members, groups, media and professionals about their experiences with gambling. It aimed 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.

Carers Victoria – HealthWest

The ‘Reducing gambling frequency’ project partnered with six 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 trained staff in local government and community services who work with vulnerable seniors. Resources for CALD communities were developed and can be accessed via HealthWest’s website.

Child and Family Services Ballarat (CAFS)

This project – ‘Promoting responsible gambling in local workplaces’ – partnered with businesses in the Ballarat area to pilot workplace activities aimed at preventing gambling harm and the stigma associated with it. The project also produced resources for workplaces, which can be accessed via the CAFS website.

First Nations Foundation

The ‘My moola’ project aimed to reduce gambling harm in Aboriginal communities by providing financial literacy training to staff in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across Victoria.

Horn of Africa Communities Network

The ‘Wyndham gambling project’ aimed to develop sustainable, culturally and linguistically appropriate education, skills and resources relating to gambling harm for five refugee and newly arrived migrant communities in Melbourne’s outer west.

Incolink

The ‘Apprentices Project’ targeted young male apprentices aged 16–35. It raised awareness of the risks associated with gambling and developed a network of support within the construction industry. The project also focused on enabling workers either experiencing or at risk of harm from gambling to access support services.

Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS)

The ‘Aboriginal gambling and financial management’ project 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.

Link Health and Community

The ‘Three Sides of the Coin’ project built 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.

Monash City Council

This project – ‘Building the capacity of Gambler's Help community educators’ – 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.

Monash City Council

The ‘Clayton CANVAS’ 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 by discussing gambling harm within the community.

Odyssey House Victoria

This project produced an accredited online training course for professionals in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector about the identification and treatment of gambling harm.

St Luke's Anglicare

This project 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.

Victorian Local Government Association

The ‘Community solutions’ project provided information sessions to local government employees and assisted local governments to implement organisational policies to reduce gambling-related harm. The project also provided communities with information and resources to assist them to participate in decision-making processes relating to poker machines in their local area.

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

The ‘Starting the conversation’ project worked with local Aboriginal groups, artists and organisations in the Greater Geelong area to develop a short film and resources with culturally safe and appropriate messages about gambling harm.

Whittlesea Community Connections

The ‘Putting the health and wealth back into Whittlesea’ project involved engaging with local employers and jobseeker organisations who employ or work with people at significant risk of gambling harm. The project developed gambling awareness action plans with employers, including training, information sessions, access to alternative recreation and the development of workplace policies.

Women's Health in the North (WHIN)

The ‘Increasing the odds for safety and respect’ project focused on the link between family violence and gambling in Melbourne’s north and east. The 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.

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