Latest edition of Inside gambling: ‘Cultural Diversity Week’ out now

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Elizabeth Papettas, photo: Paul Jeffers

To coincide with Cultural Diversity Week (18–26 March 2017), Inside gambling looks at the impact our nation’s strong gambling culture can have on people within Victoria’s multicultural communities.

The edition includes moving stories of resilience and recovery from people who have experienced gambling harm firsthand.

Nabil fled war in Lebanon to start a new life in Australia, but after marriage and five kids an unfortunate turn of events saw him seek comfort in gambling. He tells his story in 'After a fall at work and losing my job, the pokies became an escape'.

In ‘Helping people realise they aren’t the only ones’, Elizabeth tells of how the pokies seemed a safe place to go on her own after her marriage ended, and how she is now helping others struggling with gambling.

As well as presenting personal stories of gambling harm, this edition highlights individuals and organisations who are doing excellent work to prevent and treat gambling harm among their communities.

‘Five minutes with Arabic Counsellor, Hoda Nahal’ opens our eyes to the dedication and passion of Gambler’s Help counsellors. Alice Pung discusses the allure of gambling for international students and what Chinese Gambler’s Help is doing to educate and protect young Chinese people studying in our universities. The Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association is changing views and addressing stigma through community theatre and the Horn of Africa Communities Network is training leaders to raise issues related to gambling harm and its prevention within their communities.

These and more stories can be found on the Inside gambling website.

Cultural Diversity Week is held from 18–26 March, 2017 and is coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Inside gambling is published three time a year.