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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

30 October 2014
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The Gambling Information Resource Office is part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. GIRO alerts are designed to keep you up to date with the latest information including: new developments in research, policy, regulations and laws at local, state and federal government levels. It also includes decisions from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the courts. GIRO alerts also list upcoming events concerning gambling.

In this issue:

- Foundation news

- Community news

- New game to combat problematic video gaming

- New research

- News from the VCGLR

Contact us if you would like to inform others about any events or publications.

Foundation news

BetRegret campaign launched

On 23 October 2014, the foundation launched BetRegret, a new awareness campaign that features real people talking about their feelings of loss, guilt and regret as a result of their gambling. The campaign urges punters to stay within their limits to avoid feelings of BetRegret and prevent those feelings leading to something bigger. With evidence indicating a link between the frequency of gambling and an increased risk of developing problems, the foundation recommends gambling less than once a week.

Timed to coincide with the Spring Racing Carnival, BetRegret aims to reach people who gamble that aren't necessarily experiencing problems but who may be at risk if they don't keep their gambling in check with other forms of entertainment and responsibilities in their life. On, punters can find tools and tips to avoid BetRegret and try the regret-o-meter.

For more information read the media release or visit the Betregret website.

BetRegret news video

The foundation has also produced a news video on the BetRegret campaign featuring interviews with international prevention expert Dr Rob Williams, foundation CEO Serge Sardo and other representatives from our support services.

Foundation’s Annual Report released

On 16 October 2014, the foundation’s Annual Report 2013-2014 was tabled in parliament. The report is publicly available on the foundation’s website.

Many ways to help conference 2014

Last week the foundation hosted its first conference to support and encourage innovation in the treatment and prevention of problem gambling. Focused on the ‘many ways to help’ the conference was by all accounts a great success.

Delegates from prevention and treatment services enjoyed a showcase of presentations and workshops designed to enhance their knowledge and skills. It was also a fantastic opportunity to network and share experiences. 

Organised by the foundation’s Professional Development Centre, the conference is set to be an annual event.

A series of videos and presentations from the conference will be available soon.

Photos are available on Flickr.

Community news

Enough pokies campaign launch

On 16 October 2014, local councils across Victoria in conjunction with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Salvation Army launched the Enough Pokies campaign. For more information see the media release.

New game to combat problematic video gaming

Soul Crush Story is a new video game from the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario. Designed to teach young people about healthy gaming and to help them understand the ways in which games are used to manipulate their behaviour. This is an educational tool that should not be provided to young people without adult guidance and supervision as the game uses similar hooks that commercial games use to keep players engaged.

Read the media release or download the facilitator’s guide and other materials available online.

New research

Report into the effects of recent amendments to Qld gambling legislation

Recently published by the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, this report assesses changes in pokies regulation and legislation in Queensland. The report finds many of the intended changes are likely to increase the harm caused by pokies. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

What is the evidence for harm minimisation measures in gambling venues?

Recently published in Evidence Base, this article provides a review of responsible gambling measures, examining the effectiveness of these measures as well as regulatory measures and codes of conduct for EGMs. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

News from the VCGLR

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) recently published its spring 2014 edition of VCGLR News. Feature articles include: changes to liquor and gaming legislation and the spring racing carnival.

Visit GIRO for more…

Don’t forget GIRO is more than just a useful online resource! We have an extensive hard copy and digital library including research that cannot be published on our website for copyright reasons. If you would like to visit the office please call or email to make sure we can accommodate you. The office is usually available between 9.30am and 5pm most week days.

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