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Gamble Aware Month

Join us this September 2023 for a frank conversation about gambling and the related harms to the Tasmanian community.

By sharing information and talking openly about this issue, you can help to reduce the stigma around gambling harm and seeking support.

Each week in September we will focus on a different aspect of gambling and its harms. We’ll be providing clear information, holding special events, and promoting the free support services available to Tasmanians.

Quick links to each week

Week 1 – What’s the Real Cost?

1st to 10th September 2023

This week the focus is on raising awareness of the harm that gambling has on individuals, their friends and family, and the wider Tasmanian community.

We share local information about gambling harms, with Tasmanian content from our Social Action and Research Centre report ‘What’s the Real Cost?’

Read more 'What's the Real Cost?'

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Week 2 – Supporting the Supporters

11th to 17th September 2023

This week we acknowledge the impact of gambling on the family and friends of people experiencing a gambling addiction.

We explore the far-reaching and intergenerational impacts of gambling on the community and share more details from the Social Action and Research Centre report ‘What’s the Real Cost?’.

During this week we are holding Support the Supporter events in both the north and south of the State. These events feature the voices of people with lived experience from the Three Sides of the Coin Project.

Anglicare Tasmania provides important supports for family and friends.  Join us in raising community awareness of this free service.

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Week 3 – Know Your Odds

18th to 24th September

This week we focus on the significant impact of poker machines to the Tasmanian community – and highlight ways to reduce this harm.

Anglicare Tasmania has welcomed the announcement by the Tasmanian Government that our State will move to cashless gaming with mandatory pre-commitment by December 2024.

On Friday 22nd September we release a new report about the benefits we can expect from this cashless gaming system, ‘The poker machine card. Simple as.’ Report.

Read about 'The poker machine card. Simple as.' Report

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Week 4 – Get into the Game

25th to 30th September

This week we focus on the rapidly growing problem of online sports betting, the fastest growing gambling segment in Australia.

We share some alarming facts about the impact of sports betting and explain who is being targeted by on-line gambling providers.

On Wednesday 27th September we are hosting a free webinar with Lauren Levin, who will share her learnings from her Churchill Fellowship studying Gambling regulation in Europe.

We highlight the new national BETSTOP exclusion program and launch a new initiative to reduce harm at the grass-roots level called Get into the Game.

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Gambling Related Blogs

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Supporting someone affected by gambling harm? Our family resource booklet can help.

Are you supporting someone with a gambling problem?

Anglicare’s Gamblers Help Family Resource Booklet will help you support the person you care about while also taking care of yourself. Read full story
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Do you know how your gambling affects others?

Gambling can have a wide ripple effect. It’s estimated that for every person experiencing gambling harm another seven other people are affected, too. Read full story
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Staying active can help you control your gambling

Many people who gamble say it’s a way to avoid boredom, or cope with stressful situations. Here are some ideas for activities that can keep you busy and fulfilled. Read full story

Latest Stories

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BetStop program introduced

BetStop – a national self-exclusion register for people who want to be blocked from some types of gambling – started operating on 21 August. So how does it work? Read full story
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Gambling harm reduction measures welcome

Anglicare welcomes some recent developments that will reduce the harms of gambling. Read full story
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Card-based gaming system will save lives, money and families

The Liberal Government’s decision to introduce a card-based system for electronic gaming machines will have enormous benefits across the State. Read full story

Funding

Gamblers Help is funded by the Tasmanian Government through the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet for more information.

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