Edition #19: June 2020

Nathan Buckley: betting on each other

As a former player and now a coach, Nathan Buckley knows Aussie Rules footy inside out. He’s watched the game he loves get swept up in the waves of sports betting. With the welfare of his players at heart, he shares some insights as the season kicks off again.

National Reconciliation Week shines a light

Across four virtual events, Foundation staff and guests were entertained by comedians and singers, challenged by calls to action from Aboriginal partner organisations, and inspired by both messages of hope and passionate calls for social justice.

Lost in the game: pulling back from the grip of gaming

At age 18 Kevin Chan began a new life as a student in Australia, but he didn’t want to leave his friends in Hong Kong behind. When staying in regular contact with them on gaming platforms caused him to disconnect from his Melbourne life, however, he knew he needed to change.

Out from the shadow of gambling harm

Growing up in China, Joey Li always tried to protect her younger sister from the truth about their parents’ arguments – their father was gambling and borrowing money to pay off debts. Meanwhile their mother tried to stay positive and keep her daughters’ dreams alive.

Fears of a gambling bounce as footy seasons restart

As COVID-19 restrictions ease up and the NRL and AFL seasons restart, Dr Alex Russell shares his concerns about vulnerable bettors being swamped by sports betting advertising. He warns that when wagering operators offer inducements, there’s always a catch.