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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2016

The often hidden aspect of Australia’s enormous appetite for gambling is the harm caused by significant gambling losses to many gamblers and their families. It is estimated that for every problem gambler, another seven people are adversely affected. The vast majority of gambling-related harms occur to users of Electronic Gambling Machines (EGMs) or ‘pokies’. The design of these machines has been shown to be a factor in the development and maintenance of these harms.

Many people experiencing problems associated with their own or a loved one’s gambling find it difficult to ask for help because of feelings of shame, embarrassment and guilt. During Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (last week in May), Relationships Australia SA will be holding a number of events to raise awareness about gambling harm. This includes several public screenings of Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, a documentary that reveals how the machines really work and why they are so addictive. See below for the full schedule of events.

In addition to these events, “It’s Only a Dollar” is a 20-minute play written and performed by people who have lived the struggle with gambling “addiction” and understand what it takes to overcome it. This performance provides a powerful insight into the insidious and dangerously immersive nature of EGMs and the harm that can follow.  Filmed during a live performance in November 2015, we invite you to watch the full play here.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2016 Events

GHS group Activity When Where Contact
 

Ceduna Kooniba Aboriginal Health Service

Partnership with Aboriginal Gambling Therapy Service

 

 

Night Forum – Ka-Ching movie viewing including community/parent education

Day Forum – Community/parent education with a BBQ lunch

 

Tues 24th May

Wed 25th May

 

Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex–

Koonibba Aboriginal Community

 

Jessie Sleep
8626 2500
Jessie.sleep@ckahsac.org.au

 

 

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service

Partnership with West Coast Community Youth Service and Office of Sport and Recreation

 

 

Aboriginal Community Family BBQ

 

Wed 25th May

 

Port Lincoln Foreshore

 

Warren Clements
08 8683 0162
Warren.clements@plahs.org.au

 

Cambodian Gambling Help Service

 

 

Community engagement/ awareness raising event targeted to Cambodian women.

 

Friday 27 May
9.30am – 2pm

 

Salisbury Church
Church Street
Salisbury

 

 

Vira Thach
8409 3680
vtach@anglicaresa.com.au


 

Community Access and Services SA (CASSA) – Vietnamese GHS

Partnerships with Vietnamese Catholic Association, RASA and CASA Youth Services and Drug and Alcohol services

 

 

Family focus Community forum

 

 

Sunday 29th May
12 – 5pm

 

 

Vietnamese Community Hall

 

Lan Nguyen
8447 8821
Lan.mongnguyen@sa.vnca.org.au

 

 

PEACE Multicultural GHS
Relationships Australia

Partnerships with several CALD community groups including African, Asian and Middle Eastern community groups

 

 

Games 4 Change Night – using different interactive role plays, scenarios and games to engage with CALD young people.

 

Sat 4 June
11-2pm

 

Relationships Australia

Orsmond Ave

Hindmarsh

 

Gimms Andrews
0420 598007
g.andrews@rasa.org.au

 

 

Lifeline South East (Limestone Coast)

Partnership with Mount Gambier prison

 

 

Gambling Awareness Q & A activity, including a graffiti board to encourage anonymous comments in a casual non threatening way.

 

Thursday 26 May

 

Training area within the main block of the Mount Gambier Prison.

 

Eve Barratt
8723 2299
ebarrattt@lifelinese.com.au

 

 

Uniting Care Wesley Country SA  – Yorke and Mid North

 

 

Peer Support luncheon

 

Friday 27th May

 

North Star Hotel in Melrose

 

Jenny Scarce
8633 8639
Jenny.scarce@ucwcsa.org.au

 

 

Giving the Consumer a Voice (RASA)

Partnership with local GHS in each region and local councils

 

 

Two community sessions in Port Adelaide TAFE and Junction Community Centre.  Each session will include an introduction by a Consumer Voice speaker on stigma and shame, followed by the screening of the Ka-Ching documentary

 

 

Wednesday 1 June
Friday 27 May

 

 

Junction Community Centre
Port Adelaide TAFE

 

Diana O’Neil
8245 8172
d.oneil@rasa.org.au

 

 

Uniting Care Wesley Country SA – Eyre and Western

 

 

Peer Support luncheon

 

Thursday 24th May

 

Tumby Bay venue

 

Jenny Scarce
8633 8639
0428 192 913
Jenny.scarce@ucwcsa.org.au

 

 

Overseas Chinese Association

Adelaide Casino Host Responisibility Coordinator

Gaming Care

 

Information session at Adelaide Casino

Information session at Findon Hotel

 

 

TBA – Contact for more info

 

 

Adelaide Casino
North Terrace
Adelaide

Findon Hotel
Grange Road
Findon

 

 

Fong Ung
8445 1677
Grsoca2008@yahoo.com.au

 

 

Statewide Gambling Therapy Service

 

Sausage sizzle at the newly renovated plaza at Flinders University

 

 

Tuesday 24 May
12 – 2pm

 

Student plaza at Flinders University

 

Tracey Nye
8204 6982
Tracey.nye@health.sa.sa.gov.au

 

 

PEACE Multicultural GHS Relationships Australia

 

 

CALD community activities to tackle stigma associated with gambling problems

 

TBA – Contact for more info

 

Different venues

 

Enaam Oudih
0420 598 007
e.oudih@rasa.org.au

 

 

Relationships Australia
(Northern and Barossa)

 

 

Interactive public display (including Sausage Sizzle) to promote GHS in an appropriate outdoor site in city centres

 

Tuesday 24th May
10am -1pm

Wednesday 25th May; 10am – 2pm

Friday 3 June
10am – 1pm

 

John Street Mall Salisbury

Playford Civic Centre Elizabeth

Tolley Reserve
Nurioopta

 

Darren Hayward
8250 6600
dhayward@rasa.org.au

Grant Pearson
8216 5200
g.pearson@rasa.org.au

 

 

Relationships Australia
(Murray Mallee)

 

 

Screening of the Ka-Ching documentary followed by a Q & A forum, and light refreshments

 

Monday 30 May
12.30pm

 

Cameo Cinema
Murray Bridge

 

Grant Pearson
8216 5200
g.pearson@rasa.org.au

 

 

Relationships Australia

(Eastern)

 

 

Public screening of the Ka Ching documentary followed by a Q & A forum, and light refreshments

 

Monday 23rd May
12.30pm – 3.00pm

 

Hutt Street
Day Centre

 

Rosemary Hambledon
8216 5200
r.hambledon@rasa.org.au 

 

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