How Victorian Communities Are Tackling Gambling Harm

How Victorian Communities Are Tackling Gambling Harm


Shane Rogers: Hello all, welcome to the very
first episode of this exciting new podcast
series ‘not a dollar more’.
My name is Shane Rogers and this is Australia’s
first podcast series dedicated to helping
people who want to make changes to their gambling.
It’s fantastic that people have an opportunity
to be able to speak to somebody that’s gone
through it.
The day to day struggles, the struggles with
not being able to afford to put petrol in
your car, all these things that people can’t
talk to other people about, I think this podcast
is going to be great for.
Rachel Paterson: One of the most rewarding
aspects of working on this podcast series
is being able to work on something that is
different to a lot of the other services and
help and support that’s out there at the moment
for gambling harm.
We can capture a whole bunch of stories and
have them available to everyone.
It’s really about inspiring people to be able
to think about what’s happening to them to
kind of go, oh, that’s possibly me, I hadn’t
really thought about it.
The beauty of that medium is that you can
access them anywhere, they’re free.
I think the podcasts could definitely give
people hope.
Hope that things could change for them.
Heather McTaggart: Neighbourhood houses are
a great place for people to connect when they
feel socially isolated.
It’s almost a third place, not their home
or their workplace, they can come and connect
to the varied activities that we offer, feel
safe and secure and make new friends.
Sometimes people need to reflect on their
behaviours and having a conversation with
someone can trigger a support mechanism.
Through this project our staff and volunteers
will be trained to recognise the signs of
gambling harm and to refer people on to services
or connect them into community activities.
We’re all embracing the opportunity to raise
awareness of gambling related harm and provide
alternatives to our communities.
The CHAOS network with our 30 houses recognises
the impact that gambling has on our communities
so we were very proud to be part of this project.
Darlene Thomas: We’ve been delivering the
family wellbeing program in Mildura, Swan
Hill and Kerang and that has been totally
well received.
When people are talking in groups about topics
that are a little bit sensitive, or a little
bit of an uncomfortable topic—once somebody
starts to talk about it.
The gambling, responsible gambling and gambling
harm, then others are able to say, you know
what?
I think I have a gambling problem.
So it’s being able to actually, bring out
the conversation, in a positive way.
Without judgement.
For the elders, definitely the yarning circle
model mimics the kind of social environment
they’d have at bingo and the conversations
that are coming out of it, although they are
serious conversations, especially around gambling,
drug addiction, mental health—it’s easy
for them to talk.
I’ve not seen the elders so engaged and so
able to talk and share.
Always, those topics that have a lot of stigma
attached to them—you need to approach that
with humour.
Being able to talk about serious issues with
humour enables things to actually not seem
so bad and it makes people more comfortable
to share.
Aboriginal people share stories and we have
for thousands and thousands of years and for
that reason, you learn more by sharing your
story than telling people how they should
do this or how they should fix that.

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