Edition #10: Working together to prevent harm

Ken Wolfe, photo: Paul Jeffers
Ken Wolfe, photo: Paul Jeffers
Ken Wolfe, photo: Paul Jeffers

The talking cure: the sooner the better

Teenage gambling seems a new problem. But Ken Wolfe got caught in a nightmare of debt and destruction 50 years ago. It lasted for decades. Now he’s reaching out to young blokes heading the same way.

Photo of a middle-aged Aboriginal man, smiling beyond the camera, wearing a brightly coloured polo shirt with stylised details of an Aboriginal painting, standing in front of a mural featuring signs that say: Treaty, Land rights, Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands, Land rights now.
Photo of a middle-aged Aboriginal man, smiling beyond the camera, wearing a brightly coloured polo shirt with stylised details of an Aboriginal painting, standing in front of a mural featuring signs that say: Treaty, Land rights, Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands, Land rights now.

For love of Country

John Egan, a leader in the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS), talks about how connection to family and to the land are vital in addressing health problems, including addiction, among Aboriginal people.

Photo of a middle-aged woman standing beside a seated older woman, showing her how to thread lace using bobbins on the table in front of her, other women in the background, nightime outside the window.
Photo of a middle-aged woman standing beside a seated older woman, showing her how to thread lace using bobbins on the table in front of her, other women in the background, nightime outside the window.

Shelter from the storm

By staying open late and offering interesting activities in a warm, safe and welcoming environment, a group of libraries in Melbourne’s north is seeking to turn a common tale of gambling harm on its head.

Photo of six older people sitting at a round table as part of an audience, watching a point behind the camera, other audience members sitting at tables in the background.
Photo of six older people sitting at a round table as part of an audience, watching a point behind the camera, other audience members sitting at tables in the background.

Supporting communities to know the risks

After leaving your homeland in traumatic circumstances, the stresses of settling in a new country can be acute. Gambling may seem a way to fit in and offer escape from grief. The Serbian Community Association of Australia is helping people understand the risks.

Illustration of a young boy walking along a footpath, holding a softdrink and staring at a tablet device with an AFL football field on it – so he can't see the warning sign and open manhole in the footpath in front of him, which he is about to fall into.
Illustration of a young boy walking along a footpath, holding a softdrink and staring at a tablet device with an AFL football field on it – so he can't see the warning sign and open manhole in the footpath in front of him, which he is about to fall into.

Fantasy footy: alcopop of sports betting

Self-confessed fantasy football obsessive Tony Wilson laments the gamblification of his favourite pastime, and asks what effect it will have on all the kids with dream teams.