Video transcript: Sarah Hare on gambling and health in Victoria

[Sarah Hare: Schottler Consulting]

Sarah Hare: The study itself is actually a study of problem gambling prevalence in Victoria. That's actually a type of study that measures the extent there is various degrees of problem gambling issues in the community, ranging from I guess non-problematic gambling which is recreational gambling right through to the other end of the continuum which is problem gambling.

The major highlight of this study was there was no change in the prevalence of problem gambling or moderate-risk gambling in Victoria from 2008 to 2014. However, we did see an increase in the proportion of the community who were low-risk gamblers.

We generally saw some interesting shifts in the type of gambling activities that people participated in, in the past 12 months. Particularly I guess it was notable that gaming machine participation had decreased to 15 per cent from about 21 per cent in 2008.

There's also been some increases in sports and event betting, which is about roughly three to four per cent participation overall within the community.

In problem gamblers, we saw I guess in spite of no change overall in the number of problem gamblers in Victoria, the people who were I guess problem gamblers were gambling more frequently on pokies, casino table games and also horse race betting.

We do find that problem gamblers have a high proportion of people aged between 35 and 44 years. So that's certainly reflecting in the results that problem gambling is generally a mid-life phenomenon. So it's not something that is generally affecting a high proportion of your very young people.

Another interesting finding in this study was the prevalence of problem gambling for Indigenous peoples is 8.71 per cent, and this was significantly higher than for the people of non-Indigenous background. So I think that really is saying that we need to look at further policy programs and strategy responses for Indigenous people and certainly other states have also found that gambling is an issue for many Indigenous communities, so that's something we continually need to work on and look at.

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