After nearly 30 years of a destructive pokies addiction, Ann has drawn the line, with support from her family and a group of ‘lovely, caring’ people to whom she’s bared her soul, but never met.
What started out as a childhood hobby led me to the dream job where I could live and breathe betting and racing. But along the way it consumed my life.
The Demons, Kangaroos and Magpies are the first three AFL Women’s teams to join the Love the Game program, keeping the vibe family-friendly and free from gambling.
After years of addiction, Peter is an expert on the havoc gambling can wreak, including on relationships, health and career. He’s now on a committee advising the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation on how to reduce gambling harm.
Mario Bird found gambling at 16 and says it was a match made in heaven. Now, after a hard-won recovery, he wants young men, in particular, to know what it can do to your life.
The Uber of Australia’s lottery industry is using an online sports bookmaker licence to offer Australians lottery on steroids.
Leading psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg knows peer pressure and the need for instant gratification make teenagers a prime target for betting companies, and suggests ways to help them resist the temptation.
A day in the life of the Gambler’s Help team in Geelong is a day of compassion, advocacy and enthusiasm as they support local community members to avoid, or recover from, gambling harm.
Fleeing war in Lebanon 32 years ago, Nabil came to Australia to start a new life. After marriage and five kids, an unfortunate turn of events saw him seek comfort in gambling.
Luck plays big part in Chinese culture, especially at Chinese New Year, when revellers gamble to ensure a lucky year ahead rather than to win money. We talk to two organisations working to help Victoria’s Chinese communities avoid gambling harm in the Year of the Pig.
The Australian Greek Welfare Society, PRONIA, is drawing on strong community networks to raise awareness about gambling harm and the culturally relevant help at hand.
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.
Tyrone Mitchell grew up with gambling around him, and now it’s all his friends want to do at the pub. He wants his community and his mates to realise what they’re losing and to break the habit.
Two-time AFL premiership winner Brent Guerra had a big win on the races in 2011. It made him feel on top of the world, but ended up being the worst thing that has ever happened to him.
When eight-year-olds can name four or five gambling companies without drawing breath, sporting codes, broadcasters and governments must take responsibility.
A theatre project that uses performance to help people with personal experience of gambling harm to recover is also having a profound effect on audiences.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Hear what parents and gambling experts have to say about the risks of teen gambling and how you can help your teenager without starting World War Three.
The foundation has teamed up with Reclink Australia to bring people together to play sport and also learn about the risks of gambling and the help services available.
A new study by Dr Daniel King looks at whether gambling-themed games infect or protect teenagers when it comes to the gambling bug.