Edition #7: Cultural Diversity Week

Elizabeth Papettas, photo: Paul Jeffers
Elizabeth Papettas, photo: Paul Jeffers
Elizabeth Papettas, photo: Paul Jeffers

Helping people realise they aren’t the only ones

A strict childhood and difficult marriage left Elizabeth with little self-confidence. Free at last at 50, the pokies seemed a safe place for a woman her age to go. She now volunteers for Gambler’s Help.

Chinese lanterns in the shape of roosters against a night sky
Chinese lanterns in the shape of roosters against a night sky

The allure of gambling for international students

Coming to Australia to study can be highly stressful, and gambling may seem a fun, new way to escape. Chinese Gambler’s Help supports students and others in the Chinese community to know the risks and recover from harm.

A smiling middle-aged woman sitting in a garden outside in the sun
A smiling middle-aged woman sitting in a garden outside in the sun

Five minutes with Arabic counsellor, Hoda Nahal

While there is no word for counselling in Arabic, Hoda Nahal is helping people from her community open up about gambling problems and recover from what often starts as a taste of ‘Australian culture’.

Seniors are doing it for themselves

With activities like dancing, picnics and iPad training on offer, older members of Melbourne’s ethnic communities are saying no to pokies and getting down to some serious fun. Seniors from the Italian and Macedonian communities show us how it’s done.

A group of eight men and four women from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Burma, standing smiling in a room
A group of eight men and four women from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Burma, standing smiling in a room

It takes a village

The Horn of Africa Communities Network is training leaders from newly arrived communities to talk to people about the risks of gambling and to support those who ask for help.

Three Vietnamese women in a large room, with joyous expressions and their arms in the air
Three Vietnamese women in a large room, with joyous expressions and their arms in the air

Breaking the silence through theatre

Sharing personal stories of gambling harm is helping Ky and other performers to heal, and allowing people in the Vietnamese community to open up about their own experiences.