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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

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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



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


Cambodian Gambling Help Service



Community engagement/ awareness raising event targeted to Cambodian women.


Friday 27 May
9.30am – 2pm


Salisbury Church
Church Street



Vira Thach
8409 3680


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



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


Relationships Australia

Orsmond Ave



Gimms Andrews
0420 598007



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



Uniting Care Wesley Country SA  – Yorke and Mid North



Peer Support luncheon


Friday 27th May


North Star Hotel in Melrose


Jenny Scarce
8633 8639



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



Uniting Care Wesley Country SA – Eyre and Western



Peer Support luncheon


Thursday 24th May


Tumby Bay venue


Jenny Scarce
8633 8639
0428 192 913



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

Findon Hotel
Grange Road



Fong Ung
8445 1677



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



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



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


Darren Hayward
8250 6600

Grant Pearson
8216 5200



Relationships Australia
(Murray Mallee)



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


Monday 30 May


Cameo Cinema
Murray Bridge


Grant Pearson
8216 5200



Relationships Australia




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