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Gambling Harm Minimisation
Everything you wanted to know about gambling and gambling harm


Everything you wanted to know about gambling and gambling harm

Everyone is welcome to attend a new three-part presentation on gambling and the effects of gambling harm. Attendees will include those harmed by gambling; those with concerns about family/whanau, employers, social and health service practitioners; or those curious and seeking knowledge. You may have a particular interest in only one of the session topics however participants are encouraged to attend all three presentations. Privacy is respected and people can attend without registering. Facilitators will be available following the sessions for anyone wishing to talk in confidence. Handouts and other informative material will be provided.

Venue: Odyssey community services hub, Te Tāwharau, 4/3029 Great North Rd, New Lynn

Understanding Gambling Tuesday
12 June / 7.00pm-8.30pm

  • What is gambling and gaming?
  • Gambling in NZ: types of gambling and types of risk
  • What happens to your money when you gamble? (odds/levies)
  • How gaming machines (pokies) work
  • Gambling harm and risks to health
  • Addiction: similarities and differences between gambling and alcohol and drugs
  • How common are gambling problems in NZ?
  • How are gambling problems treated?

Gambling and Family/Whanau Tuesday
19 June / 7.00pm-8.30pm

  • Gambling harm and ‘affected others’; short and long-term effects on family/whanau
  • Gambling and trust issues/financial protection, for affected others
  • Effects of gambling on children
  • Do gambling problems run in families?
  • Gambling and family violence
  • How can family/whanau get help if they are affected by someone else’s gambling?

Staying on track: how to make changes
Tuesday 26 June / 7.00pm-8.30pm

  • Identifying high-risk situations
  • Recognising early warning signs of being at risk of gambling harm
  • Developing a plan and strategies to avoid relapse
  • How should family/whanau deal with a relapse?
  • The role of budgeting/financial literacy
  • Setting personal goals
  • Where to go for help

Tea and coffee and a light supper will be provided after the presentations.

To register or for more information: please email Keryn Lovie-Tyler at ABACUS office@acts.co.nz

Healthcare professionals attending can access continuing education points to inform their practice

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