The Consumer Voices program was funded in April last year for a 12-month pilot by the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund to train peer educators and deliver a minimum of 40 community education sessions in the South Coast, Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Southern Tablelands regions of NSW.
Is Gambling affecting you or someone you know
Do you gamble to escape worries or other uncomfortable feelings?
Are you increasing your bets or gambling more often?
Are you concerned about a partner, friend or relative’s gambling behaviour?
Are gambling related financial worries getting you down?
Is gambling affecting your relationships with family, friends or employers?
This guide is for financial counsellors working with clients who have gambling problems or are affected by problem gambling, such as family members.
Many clients who seek financial counselling are also struggling with serious financial, emotional, health and relationship problems related to problem gambling. It is also likely that they will not tell you about these problems unless you ask.
This guide is for people who work in the “helping professions,” including addiction specialists, General Practitioners (GPs), social and health care providers, community and welfare service providers, workers in the legal and criminal justice system, pastoral care workers and employee assistance program counsellors.
The aim of this self-help resource is to provide, what we hope, is a range of supportive information and ideas to assist families who may be struggling with the impacts of problem gambling.
The 2010 Productivity Commission’s Report into Gambling specifically identified the need for more self help information to be made available to individuals and family members affected by problem gambling in the community. We hope that this resource will contribute to meeting this need.