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The GHCIN Community Engagement program works to reduce gambling harms through a public health response .Our objectives include:
- improving community knowledge of the potential risks and harms of gambling, particularly for at-risk populations
- identifying and responding to the drivers of gambling harm through setting, place or population-based initiatives to prevent gambling harm
- providing local support for state-wide campaigns that promote help-seeking, encourage early intervention when gambling harms emerge, and address the normalisation of gambling in the community
- promoting Gambler’s Help services to the community and health sectors with the objectives of increasing awareness of help services and increasing help-seeking.
GHCIN has a range of exciting and innovative projects that seek to raise awareness about gambling-related harm based on the need of populations within our catchment.
Some of the community groups our projects are focused on include children, young people and their parents, young men aged 18 to 30, people engaged with the justice system, people with co-occurring mental health/AOD and gambling-related harm issues, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In addition to these specific projects, we offer a range of other services to our community.
The GHCIN Schools Program provides free education sessions in the education setting. The sessions are aimed at years 11 and 12 students, staff and parents. We work with schools across our catchment to:
- educate young people about gambling issues
- raise awareness of the risks
- give students and teachers strategies to address them.
Sessions run for approximately one hour and can be tailored to meet your school’s needs.
For more information or to book a session for your school, please contact the GHCIN Community Engagement Coordinator on 03 9653 3250.
Community events, projects and partnerships
Do you have a community event coming up? Want to be part of a project that works on raising awareness of gambling-related harm? We would love to be involved. Call GHCIN on 03 9653 3250 and ask to speak to our Community Engagement Coordinator.
Free education sessions are available on request for your health service or workplace. Hear from counsellors and community educators about recognising signs of gambling harm, implementing strategies for harm minimisation, and understanding services available for people experiencing gambling-related harm.
For more information or to book a session for your organisation, please contact the GHCIN Community Engagement Coordinator on 03 9653 3250.