Compulsive gambling

Discussion paper

01 Sep 2017

Electronic gambling machines (EGMs), or poker machines, are a high-intensity form of gambling and the most harmful form of gambling available in Australia. While less than a third of the Australian adult population (30%) use EGMs annually, and 5% use them weekly, around 30% of weekly users...

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Discussion paper

17 Jul 2017

A new report from Hobart-based think tank, The Australia Institute Tasmania, has found that previous estimates of the impact of phasing out poker machines on employment are inconsistent with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.   

ABS data suggests gambling employment in...

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Discussion paper

11 Jul 2017

The purpose of this paper is to provide policy makers, regulators and others with information about key design characteristics of electronic gambling machines (EGMs). These characteristics include auditory and visual cues, “game maths”, and price and prize structure. They also include elements...

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Journal article

11 May 2017

In many countries where gambling is legalised, there has been a strong public policy focus on the need for strategies to reduce gambling related harm. These have often included policies requiring staff in gambling venues to identify and/or assist people who might be experiencing gambling-related...

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Commentary

Article

02 Nov 2016

Child abuse is associated with an increased risk of gambling problems in adulthood, according to a systematic review published recently in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. The association was significant for multiple forms of maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and...

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Audio program

31 Oct 2016

Medicos, experts and former gambling addicts say they have grave concerns about the closure of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service in South Australia. The free service, successfully run from the Flinders Medical Centre for two decades, will shut at the end of the year, with government...

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Commentary

Article

21 Oct 2016

Our recently published research suggests a link between the number of poker machines in an area and levels of domestic violence.

We compared publicly available data on poker machine numbers with police-recorded domestic violence incidents in Victoria between 2005 and 2014. Specifically,...

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Website

25 Jul 2016

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) publishes monthly data on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria. June 2016's data set completes the 2015-16 financial year expenditure report and is now available on the Data web-page.

Total expenditure for...

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Policy

26 May 2016

The poker machines industry is an industry based on exploitation and greed. No matter how powerful and cashed up the pokies lobby is, the fact is most Australians want to see sensible practical reforms to curb the damage caused by pokies.

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Policy

26 May 2016

There's one first Australians shouldn't be proud of -- we're number 1 in the world with per capita gambling losses and problem gambling.

Poker machines cause too much damage already. Online gambling -- including sports betting -- can dramatically increase the damage to the community.

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Guide

Report

15 Dec 2015

Funded through a foundation grant for clinical research on gambling, this project aimed to create guidelines to help members of the public assist people with gambling problems.

The guidelines cover:

  • warning signs
  • talking to a person with gambling problems about their
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Research report

15 Dec 2015

This research investigated consumers' perspectives on the use of online and venue-based electronic gaming machines (EGMs).

Interviews with recent EGM gamblers showed that the social aspect of gambling was important for many, reflecting their choice to gamble in a venue. This was also seen...

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Research report

03 Dec 2015

This  study aimed to determine the nature and relative intensity of stigma for problem gambling in Victoria, and to analyse how this stigma is perceived and experienced by different groups. It also considered how stigma may impede treatment and interventions among first-time and relapsed help...

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Research report

03 Dec 2015

This study explores the convergence between gambling and gaming and the implications it has for young people.

The study reports gambling and gaming are converging. Gambling products are increasingly incorporating gaming themes and elements, such as elements of skill. Video games may...

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Research report

03 Dec 2015

A randomised controlled trial was conducted to examine the effectiveness of four psychological treatments for problem gambling:

  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • motivational interviewing
  • behaviour therapy
  • client-centred therapy.

The study, one of...

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Research report

01 Dec 2015

The Study of gambling and health in Victoria presents findings from a 2014 exploration into participation in gambling in Victoria and the prevalence of problem and at-risk gambling.

This is the first major study to measure problem gambling in Victoria in six years. The report...

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Research report

19 Feb 2015

This paper on gambling research priorities is intended to assist researchers and policy makers to develop research focused on improving the short- and long-term health and wellbeing of Australians who gamble and who are affected by gambling.

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The Australian...

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Research report

26 Nov 2014

Summary: Reviews the growth of sports betting and the accompanying proliferation of sports betting advertising, with particular focus on its integration into sporting events and broadcasts.It draws on lessons from the advertising of other potentially harmful products, and...

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Research report

26 Nov 2014

Summary: One of the most significant changes to the gambling environment in the past 15 years has been the increased availability of interactive or Internet gambling. Interactive gambling, including mobile gambling, is the fastest growing mode of gambling. This paper describes...

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Research report

26 Nov 2014

Summary: This paper synthesises information published about Indigenous Australian gambling, and summarises issues and implications for key stakeholders. It is relevant for raising awareness and promoting community education about gambling for Indigenous Australians.

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