Many ways to help conference 2014 program

Day one of the conference was held on Wednesday 22 October 2014. 

Day one


Opening address
Serge Sardo, CEO Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation


Prevention of problem gambling
Dr Rob Williams, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada


Neuroscience and addiction
Dr Luke Clark, University of British Columbia, Canada


Chair address
Professor Bruce Singh, Chair Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Ministerial address
The (former) Hon. Edward O'Donohue MLC, Minister for Liquor and Gambling Regulation

Afternoon sessions


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Support services for multicultural communities

Chair: Dom Vigilanti, EACH Social and Community Health

Don't bet your life
Australia Vietnamese Women's Association

Hope program
Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Association

Win back your life
Victorian Arabic Social Services

Everyone has the strength to apply change
Arabic Welfare Incorporated

Towards a gendered understanding of gambling prevention in immigrant and refugee communities
Multicultural Centre for Women

Prevention programs

13.15 – 15.00:

Chair: Lisa Brock, Latrobe Community Health

Gambling's not a game: programs for sporting clubs and schools
Sally Gissing and Matthew Torcasio, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Clayton Canvas: An innovative program to reduce gambling harm in Clayton
Liz O'Loughlin, City of Monash

15.20 – 17.00:

Chair: Stephanie Jones, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

A hot, passionate love affair with the pokies
Gabi Byrne, Chrysalis Insight

Community based responses to prevent harm from gambling
Susan Rennie, North East Primary Care Partnership

In-venue support


Chair: Brett Hetherington, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

What is a Venue Support Worker? Rationale for venue support program
Rob Wootton, ISIS Primary Care

The changing gambling environment in venues
Belinda Opie, ISIS Primary Care

Self-exclusion: Transition to a new support model and the effective use of SE for clinicians
Mick Field, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Group work

15.20 – 17.00:

Chair: Tracey Grinter, St Luke's Anglicare

See you at the group: a therapy group for gamblers
Vera Semjonov and Suzy Adler, EACH Social and Community Health

WINGS: Women in Nurturing Group Support
Georgina Bedford, Bethany Community Support

Group Work for mandated clients
Lee Palmer, The Salvation Army


Innovation in interventions

Chair: Elissa McCaw, Bentleigh Bayside Community Health

Consumer perspectives
Kathriye Strassnick, Bentliegh Bayside Community Health

Cross-sector collaboration
Rhonda Nelson, Banyule Community Health Services

Metaphors and imagery in problem gambling counselling
Letty Tumbaga, Bentleigh Bayside Community Health

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