Tag Archive: problem gambling

Problem Gambling Foundation: Conflict Of Interest Revealed

New Zealand’s gambling market was shocked when it was revealed that the government would stop funding the Problem Gambling Foundation. The decision seemed to come out of nowhere, leaving industry professionals to wonder what happened. Now, it has been revealed that two of the panel members involved in the decision had a conflict of interest….

New Study Finds Potential Cause For Problem Gambling

When it comes to problem gambling, psychologists tend to be stumped about its causes, which results in difficulty determining suitable treatment. Now, researchers have discovered a potential cause of gambling addiction, which suggests that problem gamblers have developed a different brain patterns to non-players. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered that a part…

Gambling Researchers Offer Guidance On Pokie Harm Minimisation

In a recent article in The Conversation, two gambling experts in Academia offered up some unique insight into minimising gambling harm from poker machines. PhD Candidate Francis Markham and Senior Lecturer Martin Young listed eight pieces of advice that would help to reduce problem gambling rates across Australia. Firstly, the researchers noted that prevention is…

Problem Gamblers Falling in With the Wrong Crowd

One of the major dangers of addiction is falling in with the wrong crowd. Many individuals with compulsions eventually have difficulty paying for their habit and they resort to crime for funding. At The Star Casino, this situation is being taken to the extreme, as gang members are recruiting problem gamblers as drug mules to…

Opinions Vary On Funding Cuts For Problem Gambling Foundation

New Zealand’s federal government has recently pulled the majority of funding from the Problem Gambling Foundation and cancelled its contract with the organisation. The Salvation Army will take over the responsibilities of the Problem Gambling Foundation in July 2014, and industry experts have varying opinions on the matter. The Problem Gambling Foundation has been around…

NZ Problem Gambling Foundation Loses Government Funding

The New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation is an organization that provides support to compulsive gamblers and runs prevention programs. Unfortunately, the group will no longer offer its services as it has lost its government funding. The loss is tragic, as the Problem Gambling Foundation will no longer be able to help thousands of people across…

$2.4 Million in Funding Available for Problem Gambling Programs

Treatment is an important facet in the fight against problem gambling, but more focus should be on prevention. Since gambling has become ubiquitous in the entertainment industry, it is important that young people and other vulnerable groups are taught to control their gambling spending before losing control ever becomes an issue. The Victorian Responsible Gambling…

Sydney Launches Problem Gambling Program For Chinese Players

Problem gambling is a growing concern among Chinese communities in Australia. To help combat this problem, the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has established the ‘Multicultural Problem Gambling Program for Chinese Communities’. According to the WSLHD, nearly half of all Western Sydney residents speak a language other than English in their homes. Seven percent…

Judge Stresses Importance of Problem Gambling Treatment at Auckland Conference

This month, Auckland Technical University hosted the International Gambling Conference, which dealt with major issues regarding problem gambling. Judge Mark Farrell, a speaker at the conference, raised some important points, noting that it is more effective and affordable to treat problem gamblers rather than jail them. In recent years, we have heard many cases of…

Pokie Spending At Its Lowest in New Zealand

Responsible gambling advocates across New Zealand have recently been concerned about rising rates of problem gambling across the country. Over the course of the past five years, pokie spending has been rising significantly – but things have taken on a different direction recently. According to Radio New Zealand, pokie spending is now at the lowest…