Category Archives: Problem Gambling

Public Invited to Create Responsible Gambling Slogans

The Independent Gaming Authority has recently decided to replace South Australia’s existing gambling message. To back the state’s new, strict stance on problem gambling, IGA Director Robert Campbell has asked for residents to propose a new ‘hard-hitting’ slogan to urge players to gamble responsibly. Currently, the state’s gambling message consists of the quite generic motto,…

Opinions Voiced About New Welfare Cards that Prohibit Gambling Spending

Last week, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest announced his plans to introduce a new ‘health welfare card’ that would prohibit benefits recipients from using their money to gamble or purchase alcohol. As expected, the idea is quite controversial as residents are split in their support. A poll carried out by Perth Now shows that residents are not…

Study Shows That Children of Punters Have Greater Risk of Being Problem Gamblers

In academia, we have seen a new focus on youth gambling research. While research on problem gambling among adults is still prevalent, we are seeing more studies based on young people. A recent study by researchers at the Australian Institute of Family Studies takes a look at the children of punters and the effect that…

Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Problem Gambling Services

Across Australia, problem gambling has become a major concern for politicians, and they are constantly considering new ways to deal with the issue. Recently, Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Minister Troy Grant has devised one solution that could help to reduce problem gambling rates, as the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between clubs and counselling services…

Ballarat Group Wants Pokie Limits

Across Australia, responsible gambling advocates are doing their part to ensure that players gamble safely. In Ballarat, a group called the Ballarat Action on Gambling Harm has taken up this cause, and they will fight for the local government to introduce gambling limits on pokies. The group is made up of advocates from various organisations…

Relationships Australia Will Operate ACT’s Gambling Helpline

This week, Relationships Australia will become the new operator of the problem gambling helpline in the Australian Capital Territory. The organisation will take over for Mission Australia, providing telephone counselling for residents across the ACT for the next three years. Relationships Australia is a renowned organised that provides a wide range of counselling services in…

Diocese of Sydney Expresses Concerns Over Normalised Gambling

Concerns about gambling addiction are coming from a wide range of sources. From scholars to concerned parents, many individuals are making their worries known when it comes to the potential growth of gambling addiction rates in Australia. Now, the Church is getting involved, as the Diocese of Sydney has proposed a state inquiry into gambling…

NSW Budget Allocates $30 Million For Problem Gambling and Community Projects

This week, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government announced that $16 million of the 2014-15 NSW Budget will be allocated to problem gambling programs. The money will be used to fund counselling programs and research initiatives as well as education and awareness programs across New South Wales. Troy Grant, Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing,…

Study Offers Insight Into Youth Gambling Concerns

While problem gambling has taken centre stage as a major concern in Australia and New Zealand, youth gambling remains an important issue. In addition to presenting concerns about underage gambling, problem gambling also effects the wellbeing and mental health of younger individuals. UniServices and the University of Auckland carried out the Youth’12 Health and Wellbeing…

Monash University to Lead Neurological Study on Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling is becoming a huge concern in Australia, as more and more punters are becoming addicted to casino games. Many studies have been conducted to discover the causes of problem gambling and determine which treatments would be most effective. These studies usually use questionnaires and survey data to get results, but a new study…