- McGowan Government partners with industry to support responsible gambling
- More than $1 million is injected into problem gambling support services and to fund awareness campaigns and research annually
- Western Australians encouraged to start talking about their gambling practices and seek support if required
Western Australians are encouraged to reflect on healthy gambling behaviours and practices as Responsible Gambling Awareness Week kicks off today (October 8).
Held annually since 2006, the week is recognised across the country and designed to promote responsible gambling, encourage community discussion around gambling harm and highlight the support available.
Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia officially launched the start of the week in WA at Crown Perth.
Each year, the Problem Gambling Support Services Committee, supported by the State Government, contributes more than $1 million to fund support services, awareness campaigns and research to help reduce the impacts of problem gambling.
The Problem Gambling Support Services Committee is comprised of Crown Perth, Lotterywest, Racing and Wagering Western Australia and the WA Bookmakers Association.
The committee also recently funded a social media campaign, ‘Show Gambling Who’s Boss’ with increased targeted advertising taking place this week. The campaign has already reached more than one million Western Australians.
Anyone concerned about their gambling can seek support by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or by visiting http://www.gambleaware.com.au
As noted by Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
“While most people have a punt at some point or another, for some it can become a problem and has more far-reaching impacts than losing money.
“It can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life.
“This week is the perfect time for the community to reflect on and start a conversation about their gambling practices.
“When family and friends are aware of problem gambling issues and behaviours, they can play an important role in supporting their loved one to seek help.
“Talking and sharing can help alleviate the stigma that is often associated with seeking support.”