Awareness and prevention
The Problem Gambling & Mental Health Program (PG&MHP) is an Alfred Health, state-wide multidisciplinary service that provides support to front-line problem gambling services in their work with clients that are experiencing mental health as well as gambling difficulties.
The program is staffed by highly experienced and qualified clinicians with a background in psychiatry, psychology and social work who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of co-morbid mental health and problem gambling disorders.
Their mission is to increase knowledge and capacity within Gambler's Help Services and to promote partnerships between Gambler's Help Services and Victorian Area Mental Health Services to provide optimal outcomes for clients who present with co-occurring Problem Gambling and Mental Illness.
The Alfred would like to trial three separate peer supervision groups in 2018. Each group will consist of around 10 counsellors – therapeutic and financial – to attend four sessions held fortnightly. Read more about how to participate
The program provides a diverse range of services including assessment and short-term treatment for co-occurring mental health difficulties with acceptance of client referrals as detailed below.
Client referral requires the use of a client referral form.
The program provides telephone consultations and support to Gambler's Help service providers.
Outreach consultations are provided for regular or single-session Gambler's Help service visits for the following:
Periodic or single-day outreach rural clinics are run in rural Gambler's Help centres involving multidisciplinary input with the aim of promoting skill development and capacity building for counsellors as well as collaboration between Gambler's Help, mental health and medical services. This is achieved through the following activity:
The program contributes to foundation Professional Development Centre activities
Responding to requests for training on problem gambling and mental illness
If you are experiencing gambling and mental health problems ask your gambling counsellor, GP or primary mental health support person to make a referral on your behalf.
For client referrals contact one of the clinicians on (03) 9076 4700, Monday through Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.
To make a referral, complete a referral form fax and send it to (03) 9076 4788.
To access any of our other services please contact us Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm at (03) 9076 4700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the program for any service enquiries including:
The program is located at the following address:
Waiora Community Mental Health Clinic
Level 2, 435 Malvern Road
South Yarra, Victoria 3141
Please note, services that are not provided are outlined below: