Presentation by: Alison Penfold
As a part of a workforce analysis project, contracted by the Ministry of Health, Abacus has met with all current clinical problem gambling treatment providers to consider whether the findings of 20 months ago remained current. Information has been sought on whether services considered that a much wider intervention approach remained appropriate, that incorporated aspects such as budgeting, stress management and liaising with organisations such as Work and Income. Information on all other forms of treatment and support that is offered to those with gambling problems and their family/whanau was also gathered. Consideration was given to the cultural appropriateness of a wider intervention approach, and what ongoing training needs and resource implications there would be if services were adopting this model.
The results of this project will be reported on, along with addressing what the interface with alcohol and other drug workforce development may be. The implications of how this may guide future planning around workforce development will also be considered.