Edition #15: June 2019

Lynda Genser, photo: Darcy Conlan
Lynda Genser, photo: Darcy Conlan
Lynda Genser, photo: Darcy Conlan

In search of a fresh start

Lynda Genser’s pokies habit led to a criminal charge, but she quit with the support of her family and is now making a difference as a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Lived Experience Advisory Committee.

Man in his 30s wearing casual blue winter clothing stands on the footpath of a narrow Melbourne street and smiles at the camera.
Man in his 30s wearing casual blue winter clothing stands on the footpath of a narrow Melbourne street and smiles at the camera.

‘Plus means more’: the good life after sports betting

Mat Crompton’s love for sport turned into an online sports betting compulsion that isolated him from friends and family and consumed his early 20s. His way out was to ask why: why was he gambling and what could life be like if he gave it up.

Two women in black smiling at the camera in front of some greenery, one tall with long hair while the shorter woman has red hair.
Two women in black smiling at the camera in front of some greenery, one tall with long hair while the shorter woman has red hair.

Complex treatment at the crossroads

The Alfred Mental Health and Gambling Harm Program’s clinical assessment team works in the short term with services such as Gambler’s Help, establishing effective treatment options for clients with mental health issues who also experience gambling harm.

Man in his 30s wearing casual blue winter clothing stands on the footpath of a narrow Melbourne street and smiles at the camera.
Man in his 30s wearing casual blue winter clothing stands on the footpath of a narrow Melbourne street and smiles at the camera.

Prisoners of shame no more

Profound shame about their gambling and its impact on their family’s reputation is stopping many gamblers in the Australian-Vietnamese community from seeking help - and leading some to jail.

Woman in her 40s wearing black with a pink scarf stands in front of some greenery and smiles at the camera.
Woman in her 40s wearing black with a pink scarf stands in front of some greenery and smiles at the camera.

Justice Project approaches the Bench

A health justice partnership between Gambler’s Help Southern and a local community legal service is educating the legal fraternity about gambling harm as a public health issue and pushing for its consideration as a mitigating factor when sentencing.