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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

3 December 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:

- New on the GIRO web pages

- Foundation news

- Australian Gambling Research Centre discussion papers

- Community news

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

New on the GIRO web pages

Research update:

GIRO has just published its sixth research update. The December 2014 edition looks at six studies published in 2014:

  • A comparative study of men and women gamblers in Victoria
  • What is the evidence for harm minimisation measures in gambling venues?
  • Understanding positive play: an exploration of playing experiences and responsible gambling practices
  • Problem gambling and the youth-to-adulthood transition: Assessing problem gambling severity trajectories in a sample of young adults
  • How the causes, consequences and solutions for problem gambling are reported in Australian newspapers: a qualitative content analysis
  • Parents and adolescents discuss gambling advertising: a qualitative study

And remember

As well as bi-monthly research updates, we continuously add short summaries of the latest research to our recent research pages.

Foundation news

Upcoming presentation – Accepting money from the gambling industry as a dangerous consumption

The foundation is hosting a presentation by Peter Adams who is deputy head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research.

Peter Adams has published widely on the ethics of receiving funding from dangerous consumption industries. He is currently working on a manuscript for Cambridge
University Press on accepting money from tobacco, alcohol and gambling industries.

His presentation will explore the way those who accept industry money engage in a wider system of linkages aimed at influencing policy and regulation. Profits from gamblers provides the financial base to engage health services, community groups, government agencies and researchers in this area, and their contribution has played a key role in blocking and diverting gambling policy and regulation.

When: Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 12:15 – 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 Eithne McGettrick at by 5 December 2014. Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

Australian Gambling Research Centre discussion papers

The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) recently published the following four discussion papers on their website.

Interactive Gambling

  • Written by Sally Gainsbury, this paper reviews the literature on interactive gambling. Key findings indicate interactive gambling is the fastest growing form of gambling in Australia and interactive gamblers are more at risk of developing a problem with gambling than other gamblers.
  • Download the discussion paper or visit GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Sports betting and advertising

  • Written by Nerilee Hing, this paper reviews the growth of sports betting and sports betting advertising. Key findings indicate that sports betting advertising is a significant contributor to problem gambling, and especially influential on young males.
  • Download the discussion paper or visit GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Indigenous Australians and gambling

  • Written by Nerilee Hing and Helen Breen, this paper reviews studies on Indigenous Australians and gambling. Key findings indicate that gambling is a part of the social and cultural fabric of many Indigenous communities and transferred between generations.
  • Download the discussion paper or visit GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

The impact of gambling problems on families

  • Written by Nicki Dowling, this paper reviews the literature exploring the impact of gambling problems on families. Key findings indicate that gambling problems have a negative effect on family members, and that children of a person with gambling problems are at greater risk of developing their own gambling problems.

Community News

Daring to explore alternatives to gambling in 2015

Chrysalis Insight Inc. is recruiting participants and volunteers for an innovative prevention program. Dare to Connect provides recreational and educational opportunities to people who feel they gamble too much, too often. For a short term investment of 3 hours per week for 8 weeks, participants will experience what alternative activities their community has to offer in a safe, fun and supported way.

When: beginning 31st January 2015
Where: Moreland, Hume, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Brimbank

For further information or to order promotional material please email Gabriela Byrne at or on 0428 304041. Places are limited and filling fast.

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: or Freecall: 1300 260 019.

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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