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Round 10 – Grants for Gambling Research Program

The Grants for Gambling Research Program encourages researchers from a variety of disciplines to undertake independent, investigator-initiated research. The program builds on our knowledge of how gambling affects the Victorian community. It also informs the advice we provide to government and the strategies and activities we support to address harm.

Seven grants were awarded to researchers to better understand and address gambling harm.

Investigator grants of up to $200,000 over three years

Measuring the impact of gambling harm on health and wellbeing

Professor Matthew Browne
CQUniversity
$178,818

Beginning with a mixed-method approach of surveys and in-depth interviews, this project aims to produce globally accepted and validated measures suitable for population assessment of gambling harm. The data will then be analysed to generate internationally benchmarked health and wellbeing measurements. These will be scored to health utility weights which are the preference values people place on their overall health status. This application will build on previous Foundation-funded studies and enhance the Foundation’s evidence base in the measurement of gambling harm.

Responses and readiness to address intimate partner violence in Gambler's Help services

Dr Sean Cowlishaw
Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
The University of Melbourne
$97,200

By examining the readiness of Gambler’s Help services to address intimate partner violence, the study aims to inform ways to improve service capacity to both identify the issue and respond to it appropriately. Using a mixed-methods approach involving surveys and interviews of Gambler’s Help service providers, the findings will be presented and discussed with key stakeholders from gambling and family violence sectors. This application will provide evidence towards the Foundation’s work to support specific at-risk populations affected by gambling harm.

Addressing gambling harm to affected others: A scoping review

Associate Professor Nicki Dowling
Deakin University.
$26,000

This review of academic literature and reports, working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluations will explore the types and levels of gambling harm experienced by affected others. It will also consider the need for, acceptability of and interventions for affected others, identifying interventions employed in the treatment of affected others across the addiction literature. This application will provide evidence for the Foundation’s work to support people affected by gambling harm.

Early Career Researcher grants of up to $50,000 over 18 months

Gambling harm experienced by children of parents who gamble: The hidden voices

Dr Aino Suomi
Australian Catholic University
$49,925.20

This project will examine the specific types of gambling harm experienced by children of parents who gamble. Starting with a literature review to map gambling harm directly experienced by children of parents who gamble, it will then proceed to an online survey of children and parents. In‐depth interviews will be conducted in the final project stage to explore the relationship between parental gambling and harm experienced by children. This application will provide evidence for the Foundation’s work to support people affected by gambling harm.

Gambling problems after military service: Prevalence and links with anger, aggression, and violence in the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme

Dr Olivia Metcalf
Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
The University of Melbourne
$48,100

This project will examine the frequency of gambling problems in Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who have recently transitioned out of the full-time military, as well as its relationship to anger, aggression and exposure to violence including intimate partner violence. The study will involve secondary analyses of a large data set collected from ex-serving ADF members, providing evidence towards the Foundation’s work to support specific at-risk populations affected by gambling harm.

From adolescence to young adulthood: Risk factors in the transition from gaming to gambling-related harm

Dr Alex Russell
CQUniversity
$49,949

This project will explore whether adolescent engagement in games with gambling-like features is a unique risk factor for subsequent gambling engagement and related harm. The project will use a life course calendar survey methodology to capture longitudinal information from people aged 18–25 years about their gaming and gambling during adolescence and young adulthood. The research will provide evidence to support the Foundation’s activities aimed at preventing gaming harm among young people.

The receptivity of young people to gambling marketing strategies on social media platforms

Dr Hannah Pitt
Deakin University
$49,603

This project will explore young people’s exposure and receptivity to sports betting advertising on social media platforms. A content analysis of sports betting companies on social media and an online survey of people aged 16–24 years will provide evidence to support the Foundation’s activities aimed at preventing gaming harm among young people.

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