New model for Gambler’s Help services
On 15 August 2014, The Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Edward O’Donohue, launched the foundation’s new gambling help services model. This will improve access and flexibility within treatment and support services for Victorians affected by gambling.
New multilingual services are a key feature of the new program, with six agencies contracted to provide in-language, tailored, culturally appropriate services and community education to Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese communities.
While these agencies will focus on their communities, Gambler's Help services will continue to provide culturally appropriate support to members of all Victorian communities. The foundation is also offering free gambling counselling training to multilingual counsellors already working in these communities through its Professional Development Centre.
For a list of the new agencies go to in-language counselling.
Webinar: The impacts of gambling on families and young people
In collaboration with the foundation, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is hosting a webinar on the impacts of gambling on families and young people.
Presented by Nicki Dowling, Associate Professor of Psychology at Deakin University and Sophie Vasiliadis, Senior Research Officer at the Australian Gambling Research Centre, this webinar will discuss the family impacts of problem gambling and describe recent research that examined young people’s gambling behaviour.
When: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 1:30-2:30pm
Register for the webinar.
For more information on how to participate please see AIFS’ web page on frequently asked questions about webinars.
Gambling education at the Australian teenage expo
The foundation’s ‘Gambling’s not a game’ school education program team will be at the Australian Teenage Expo in Melbourne on 28 - 29 August, 2014. The expo will showcase experts on teen related issues, acting as a one-stop shop for teenagers, parents, youth workers and educators.
Please note there is an after school hours session open to parents and the public until 9pm on the Friday 29 August, 2014. The team will be sharing information about its programs for schools and sporting clubs, and running interactive games with great prizes.
When: Thursday 28 & Friday 29 August 2014
9am – 3pm (schools only) and 3pm – 9pm (public)
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale
For more information please visit the expo’s website.