Harm from Gambling


HealthWest has been funded to work with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to reduce the frequency of attending gaming venues with electronic gambling machines. For a current presentation on this topic, please click here.

The project is based on previous work undertaken by North East Primary Care Partnership and Gamblers’ Help Northern led by Dr Susan Rennie. HealthWest plans to use this model and expand its impact across six communities in the North and West region using health literacy, financial literacy and empowerment to support groups to make their own decisions about gambling and to support community leaders to make sustainable change in their communities.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • raise awareness in six CALD communities and groups regarding the cost of gambling losses on EGM within their communities
  • work with key communities to survey social groups attending gaming venues as a recreational activity
  • co-design with group leaders, develop responses unique to their CALD communities in order to reduce gambling as a social and recreational activity
  • build expertise within leaders of CALD communities to take sustainable actions around gambling within their community.

This is one of a number of projects funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF).

For further information, visit the Gambling Information Resource Office (GIRO) webpage here, and sign up for their newsletter here.

Reducing Gambling Harm: A Public Health Approach

This training manual is designed to raise awareness and reduce the frequency of gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Victoria. It has been developed to support communities to take action to reduce harm caused by gambling.

Evaluation Report: Reducing Gambling Frequency with CALD Communities

The Reducing Gambling Frequency Project is a prevention and intervention project funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF). Implementation of the project commenced in February 2015 and this report relates to the period February to May 2015. The Foundation has extended project funding until 1 December 2015.  The intention of the project is to reduce gambling frequency of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors groups that recreate at electronic gaming machine (EGM) venues. HealthWest Partnership has worked with six key ethnic community organisations and the Ethnic Communities Council to undertake this work.

View the Executive Summary, the full report.

Prior Project Resources

HealthWest was previously funded by the Department of Justice and VRGF to reduce gambling harm. A selection of resources from these projects are available below:

Working with the Karen community – a resource for service providers

The Karen community are a growing population group in the west.  This report, developed as part of a three-year project between members of the karen community, Gambler’s Help Western, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health and HealthWest Partnership, explores the strengths, opportunities and challenges for the Karen community settling in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.  This builds on earlier work with the Karen community that resulted in the A Karen Gambling Story DVD.

This resource aims to support service providers to engage with the Karen community by increasing their understanding of who the Karen people are and their experiences of settlement in Australia.



These factsheets highlight particular issues and at risk populations associated with gambling and are designed to support health promotion interventions.


These multilingual posters were developed in collaboration with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA). For use by senior groups who speak Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Macedonian and Maltese.


Kelly Lee Hickey

Project Manager, Reducing Gambling Frequency


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