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Gambling Harm Minimisation
Gambling Brief Screening & Host Responsibility Training


Gambling Brief Screening & Host Responsibility Training

Although gambling harm affects many people, they are not always aware of when their gambling is becoming a problem for them, blaming their situation on other issues or having a run of ‘bad luck’. Gambling harm is also a ‘hidden problem’ because of stigma, and people often feel embarrassed or awkward about asking for help. In addition, people may not know what help is available and what happens in gambling harm minimisation services, so may procrastinate. Gambling is associated with many other problems, for example, mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, financial and relationship problems, and employment issues, which people may seek help for. In those services, when screening is offered in a sensitive manner, showing relevance to their presenting problems, motivation to deal with their gambling is increased and they are more likely to accept referral for help

This training includes Information on harm minimisation interventions in gambling venues, to provide insight into host responsibility expectations legislation and also brief screening training to assist practitioners to partner with social services to screen clients of those services to identify gambling problems at an earlier stage. Both activities assist those who may be experiencing gambling harm. Content includes:

  • Gambling legislation in NZ
  • Recognising signs of gambling harm in gaming venues
  • Approaching those who may be experiencing gambling harm in an effective way
  • Exclusion processes under the Gambling Act
  • What is brief intervention?
  • Advantages of brief screening at an early stage
  • Strategies to raise the issue
  • Why gambling screens should be used
  • Barriers to screening in non-gambling services
  • Useful techniques to encourage completion of screens
  • Screening practice
  • Resources available for those experiencing gambling harm

An NZQA registered certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion, and DAPAANZ points can be awarded to members.

Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health
6-8 Pioneer Street, Henderson, Auckland

Monday 12th August 2019 / 9.30am – 12.30pm

If you would like to register please contact:
Keryn at Abacus office@acts.co.nz