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Reducing Gambling harm in the ACT

Event Details
Date: 11th Sep 2019
Venue: Canberra, ACT
CPD hrs: 7


Organiser: Relationships Australia and ACT Gambling and Racing Commission

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Preventing gambling harm starts with recognising it. Recognising it starts here.

  • What is gambling harm and how does cause harm in someone's life?
  • Who's at risk of experiencing gambling harm, and is it just the gambler?
  • What can we do if we know or suspect someone is experiencing harm from gambling?

Content areas to be covered:

  • Overview of gambling in ACT and Australia
  • Impacts of gambling on individuals and communities
  • Defining gambling harm
  • Taking a harm minimisation approach to gambling
  • Screening for gambling harm
  • Engaging people to reduce gambling harm
  • Referral options.

Learning outcomes

  • Highlight the impacts of gambling in Australia and, more specifically, in the ACT
  • Raise awareness of the spectrum of gambling harms to individuals, families and communities, with a particular focus on co-morbidities and statistical likelihood
  • Understand how and why gambling harm in its continuum is being viewed through a public health framework
  • Help participant to screen and identify people who are impacted by gambling related harm

Presenter details

Alison Bell has a background in nursing and psychology, and has worked in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field since 1987. Alison has been involved in the development of motivational interviewing since 1989 when she became involved in researching the clinical application of the model in collaboration with Dr Stephen Rollnick at the Nationa Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Alison has published several papers on the application of motivational interviewing in broader health and welfare settings, and works as a consultant to a number of organisations including the Mental Health Coordinating Council, NSW Department of Education and Communities, NSW Department of Corrective Services, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, NSW Juvenile Justice, NSW Community Services and the College of Nursing

Location and date

Deakin - Canberra

11 September 2019



This one day training program is being delivered free of charge on behalf of the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be included.

Please email any special dietary requirements to after registering.



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