Category Archives: Problem Gambling

Researchers to Look at the ‘Psychology of Gambling’

Problem gambling is an important concern around the world. Australian researchers are working hard to get to the root of the issue, and international scholars are doing the same. This week, the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada launched the Centre for Gambling Research, which will look at the psychology of gambling. The centre…

Forum Focuses on Problem Gambling in Vulnerable Communities

Last week, gaming industry professionals and representatives from welfare organisations gathered in Dandenong to discuss the impact of poker machines in vulnerable communities. They want to ensure that more careful consideration is given to new pokie applications in low-income neighbourhoods to help reduce the negative impact of gambling on individuals who live in  these areas….

More Help Required For Young Problem Gamblers

More and more young people are getting involved in gambling activities, and many are finding themselves developing unhealthy gambling habits. While many problem gambling support organisations are improving and expanding their support for adults, it is also crucial for these groups to consider the growing need for assistance that is geared towards younger individuals. According…

New Stay On Track SA Mobile App Promotes Safe Gambling

The Spring Racing Carnival has just begun. While the event marks a time of fun and excitement for racing fans across Melbourne, it is important for spectators to exercise caution if they plan on making wagers. To help punters maintain control over their spending, the Minister for Communities has launched a new smartphone app called…

Study: Gambling Expansion Does Not Cause a Rise In Addiction Rates

In recent years, the gambling market has seen huge expansion. As the gambling industry continues to grow, responsible gaming experts are concerned that problem gambling rates will rise along with it – but a new study suggests that this is not the case. A recent study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions…

New BetRegret Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Problem Gambling

It is no secret that problem gambling is a growing issue in Australia, and local organisations are working hard to help players kick their compulsive behaviour. Recently, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation launched a campaign called ‘BetRegret’, which puts actual problem gamblers in the spotlight so they can share their struggles with the general public….

Extended ‘Gambler’s Help’ Services From St Luke’s Anglicare

Problem gambling continues to be a major issue across Australia. However, as problem gambling rates continue to climb, we are seeing welfare organisations rise to the occasion by extending their support services. This week, St Luke’s Anglicare will do just that by providing more support for problem gamblers in Victoria. On Tuesday, St Luke’s Anglicare…

Parkinson’s Drug Linked to Problem Gambling

Problem gambling continues to remain one of the most mysterious addictions. Scientists and researchers are still unsure as to what causes the disease but they seem to be getting closer. According to Reuters, a new study has found that drugs used to treat Parkinson’s Disease may cause impulse control disorders such as problem gambling. Thomas…

Study Finds That Social Gambling Can Help Addicted Players

When social casino games were first introduced, they were criticised for potentially tempting problem gamblers and underage players. Now, a new study finds that they may actually be productive for problem gamblers in helping them kick their addictions. If you are unfamiliar with social casino games, they are free-play titles which look exactly like roulette,…

Doctors To Help Out Victorian Problem Gamblers

In many states across Australia, local governments have enacted various measures to reduce problem gambling rates. Most of these programs focus on setting limits for players and changing the rules in gaming venues, but the Victorian government’s latest initiative is a little bit different. In a new program, doctors across the state will be trained…