Due to COVID-19, gambling venues have been closed since 23 March and an estimate of up to $80 million has not been spent on pokies in Gippsland during this time, according to Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS).
LCHS says research and experience indicate that most Australian gamblers intend to resume their normal gambling habits once venues re-open.
In Australia, the social cost of gambling comes to $7 billion each year, with $1.6 billion of this being costs related to emotional and psychological issues, including distress, depression, suicide and violence.
LCHS is supporting Gippslanders to find alternatives to gambling and continue to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits they experienced while venues were shut.
The Gambler’s Help team at LCHS is offering a number of free, online gambling awareness sessions to professionals and community members across Gippsland:
- Gambling Awareness for the CALD Sector (for professionals and community members): 1.30-3pm, 26 November.
- Gambling Awareness for the Family Violence Sector (for professionals only): 1-2.30pm, 1 December.
- Gambling Awareness for Dietitians and Nutritionists (for professionals only): 10.30-11.30am, 15 December.
- Gambling Awareness for the Mental Health Sector (for professionals only): 1-2.30pm, 2 February 2021.
To find out more or register for any of these sessions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know needs help contact:
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- beyondblue Support Service – 1300 224 365
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- MensLine – 1300 789 987
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
- Qlife – 1800 184 527
To access professional mental health support in Gippsland, you can speak to your doctor,
Gippsland PHN commissions a range of mental health and suicide prevention services across the region.
This includes HeadtoHelp, phone 1800 595 212 or visit www.headtohelp.org.au
To access the Regional Mental Health Services Directory, go to