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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

14 April 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

- ‘No Pokies for Euroa’ VCAT appeal

- The Goldsmiths report

- Local government gambling news

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

New on the GIRO web pages

Research support:

GIRO has continued publishing research reading lists categorised by theme. Our latest additions include lists on co-morbidities and gambling and prevalence studies.

Foundation news

Background paper on co-occuring conditions of problem gambling:

The foundation has published a background paper – Co-occurring conditions of problem gambling. The paper provides a summary of evidence about the co-occurring conditions of problem gambling. ‘Co-occurring conditions’ of problem gambling include a range of health conditions such as mental illnesses, substance use disorders, other health conditions, family issues and social problems. The results of this review suggest the most common co-occurring conditions are mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

Upcoming presentation on the prevention of problem gambling:

On 2 May 2014, the foundation will host a special presentation by Professor Rob Williams from the University of Lethbridge on the prevention of problem gambling.

To book your place or for further information, please contact Kristal Yeung on (03) 9452-22621 or email
Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

'No Pokies for Euroa' VCAT appeal

In November 2013, Strathbogie Shire Council approved a planning application for the redevelopment of the Euroa Hotel, including the addition of 30 electronic gaming machines (EGMs). A local community organisation, ‘No Pokies for Euroa,’ objected to the Council’s decision and filed an appeal in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). At a VCAT mediation on 4 April 2014, parties to the dispute were unable to reach a compromise. A full hearing is scheduled for May 2014.

The Goldsmiths report

A new report from Goldsmiths University of London highlights many important issues in gambling research including the limitations of the concepts ‘responsible gambling’ and ‘problem” gambling’. Fair Game: producing gambling research is based on interviews with 109 stakeholders in the gambling research sector about the production and consumption of gambling research.

Local government gambling news

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) recently published its March 2014 edition of the Gambling News ebulletin.

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

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North Melbourne, 3051, Victoria.