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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

15 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

- New research

- Tribunal approves increase in EGMs at Braybrook Hotel

- Did you know?

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


Foundation news

Upcoming presentation – Online counselling for problem gambling: who, why, what and how

The foundation is hosting a presentation by Simone Rodda, a research fellow at Deakin University, about online counselling. Simone is currently involved in the development of a self-directed online program with Deakin as well as an evaluation of the use of self-help strategies for problem gambling at Turning Point.

While online chat counselling attracts large numbers of clients across Australia and internationally, there is limited information on its effectiveness. Simone will present the findings from five empirical published papers investigating the who, why, what
and how of online counselling for problem gambling. This includes new information on the characteristics of gamblers accessing online counselling and their readiness to change, as well as their motivations and experiences of accessing a single session of online counselling.

Simone’s presentation will provide important information for future service development, configuration and promotion as well as workforce development for the treatment of problem gambling.

When: Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Where: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

To book your place or for further information, please email Kristal Yeung at kristal.yeung@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au. Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.


New research

Gambling in China: socio-historical evolution and current challenges

Recently published in Addiction, this article provides an overview of gambling in China including the development of gambling and gaming in China, Hong Kong and Macau, an explanation of the cultural values related to gaming in Chinese society and government policy responses to gambling. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Gambling harm in the Northern Territory: an atlas of venue catchments

Released by the Northern Territory government in August 2014, this report features an atlas of maps showing gaming venues by catchment alongside information about the vulnerability of populations and likely levels of gambling within these catchments. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.


Did you know?

GIRO now has a video resources page. A recent addition is the 30 minute documentary Growing up gambling. It examines the world of online gaming and gambling and centres on a young person losing his way, and features interviews with gambling experts.

If you know of any video resources that you think may be of interest to our readers please let us know.


Tribunal approves increase in pokies at Braybrook Hotel

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal granted the application by the Bakers Arms Hotel Pty Ltd to increase the amount of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) it operates at the Braybrook Hotel from 31 to 45. See GIRO’s what’s new section for a short summary.


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.

Please contact us if you spot an error on our website or in one of our publications.

We also welcome your ideas for new content, so please let us know if there is something you would like to see on our web pages.

Email: giro@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or Freecall: 1300 260 019.






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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne, 3051, Victoria.