Edition #8: Early signs of harm from gambling
Fourteen new community projects are about to kick off across Victoria, each taking a tailored approach to reducing and preventing gambling harm among local communities.
Aboriginal communities along the Murray know that, like the river, gambling can have positive effects and also bring devastation. New research is opening up conversations to help communities take the good while managing the harm from gambling.
A new paper looks at the harm experienced by people who don’t have severe gambling problems but are considered at risk of developing them – and what to do about it, given its wide impact on Victorians.
A new study will ask gaming venue customers across Victoria about their personal strategies to limit time and money spent on poker machines, to find out what works best and why.
Keeping track of our spending is something many of us don’t do well. But when gambling is also in the mix, financial harm can fly under the radar. Gambler’s Help clients and counsellors say recognising it early can prevent bigger problems developing.
Gambling advertising has been picking up momentum for a decade. While welcoming reforms to restrict advertising, Tony Phillips reflects on 10 years of gambling ads, and looks at the challenges ahead.