Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is a time to engage with the community about why gambling harm matters. This year’s theme is Talk. Share. Support. You can help start the conversation about gambling addiction.

Quick Facts about Gambling Harm in Victoria

  • The social cost of gambling harm to the Victorian community is estimated to be $7 billion.
  • In 2018–19, 630,000 Victorian adults experience some form of harm from gambling activities.
  • Common effects of gambling harm include financial difficulties, relationship problems, work or study performance issues, and emotional and psychological distress.
  • Many people experience emotional effects from gambling, like stress, regret and guilt, no matter how much or how often they gamble. These effects can start off small and build up, causing stress in their lives.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2021 Events

18 October 2021

1:30 - 3:00pm


Exploring the impact of gambling normalisation on young people

Hear from researcher Samantha Thomas, Professor of Public Health at Deakin University's Institute of Public Health, Christy Collier, General Manager of the Melbourne Boomers, and Paul Fung, ReSPIN speaker, as they share their different perspectives in relation to gambling and young people.

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20 October 2021

10:00 - 10.45am

Gambling harm is complicated: understanding our diversity of experiences

Hear from Responsible Gambling Foundation-funded researchers about their studies across three very broad communities and their experiences of gambling harm: people living with mental health issues, LGBTQI+ and people with intellectual disability.

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20 October 2021

1:00 - 2:00pm

A cross sector conversation to analyse the interplay of gambling and other issues

Hear from an expert panel across a range of sectors in a community discussion on the effects of gambling, the services available and how their work makes a difference to others.  A lived experience speaker from Three Sides of the Coin will also share their journey to recovery.

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21 October 2021

6:30 - 7.30pm

Stopping the stigma webinar

Kate Seselja, founder of The Hope Project, shares her story of addiction, and discusses what we need to do to protect our communities and put an end to gambling harm.

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