Public seminars

The foundation hosts a series of public 'lunchtime learning' events where staff and external stakeholders in the gambling field, including researchers, academics and government, are invited to present on particular topics of interest or current research projects.

Lunchtime learnings occur on the last Friday of the month, between 12:30 and 1:30pm.

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Past presentations

Risk factors in problem gambling

Helen Miller, June 2015

This session introduced environmental, demographic, cultural, socio-economic, family and household risk factors for individuals and communities in Victoria.

The convergence of gambling in digital media

Sally Gainsbury, June 2015

This presentation examined the convergence of gambling and gaming in digital media, including the different ways in which gambling themes are integrated into games. New research and policy options regarding the convergence of gambling and gaming were discussed.

Nga pou wahine – empowering Maori women in New Zealand to address gambling misuse

Dr Laurie Morrison, May 2015

This session looked at qualitative research on adverse childhood experiences and their relationship to trust among a sample of Maori and Pacific women problem gamblers. Personal journeys were shared, as were strategies about how the women moved forward, changed their behaviour and took back control.

Doing the same differently – adapting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) problem gamblers

Sue Bertossa, May 2015

CBT is commonly used to treat problem gamblers, with notable outcomes. This session looked at how mainstream CBT has been adapted to ensure Aboriginal people and people with CALD backgrounds also have access to this treatment option.

Accepting money from the gambling industry as a dangerous consumption

Peter Adams, December 2014

The presentation explored the way those who accept industry money engage in a wider system of linkages aimed at influencing policy and regulation. It looked at how gamblers' contributions have played a key role in the blocking, diverting and confusing of gambling policy and regulation.

Remote counselling skills

Simone Rodda, October 2014

This talk included new information on the characteristics of gamblers accessing online counselling and their readiness to change, as well as their motivations and experiences in accessing a single online session. It highlighted findings from five empirical published papers.

Social determinants in health

Kerryn O'Rourke, September 2014

Kerryn discussed Fair Foundations, the VicHealth framework for health equity, and how it outlines and describes the social determinants of health inequities, providing practical entry points for action in the public health arena.

The release of the final report of the Victorian Gambling Study

Rosa Billi, August 2014

This presentation launched the final report for the Victorian Gambling Study 2008–2012, a four-year longitudinal study which examined the relationship between gambling and health in Victoria. The final report provides an overview of findings from the four annual waves.

Research on responsible service of alcohol (RSA) in venues

Professor Peter Miller, August 2014

Peter shared his extensive work on the effects of responsible service of alcohol and regulation on the drinking culture in venues, and discussed how his learnings could be applied to the gambling context.

No-bullshit therapy

Dr Jeff Young, July 2014

This presentation provided information about research conducted at La Trobe University's Bouverie Centre, and investigated what being authentic – even in difficult situations - is all about.

Prevention of problem gambling – a comprehensive review of the evidence and identified best practices

Professor Robert Williams May 2014

This presentation explored major educational and policy initiatives used around the world to prevent problem gambling. Educational initiatives discussed included information and awareness campaigns, school-based prevention programs, and venue-based information and counselling centres.

Responsible gambling in venues – what is the basis in evidence?

Charles Livingstone, March 2014

In a climate of contested claims about the efficacy of high-profile interventions such as pre-commitment and reduced maximum bets, what is the actual evidence base for existing harm minimisation measures in poker machine and casino venues?

Gaming machine operations and randomness

Rob Wootton and Belinda Opie, February 2014

This session provided an introduction to electronic gaming machines. It looked at player information display, session tracking and pre-commitment, jackpots and how they operate, the concept of randomness, and player and staff perceptions.

How your brain is wired for addiction

Dr Phil Townshend, November 2013

Imagine if addiction was not a disease that affected weak-willed and easily led people, but a healthy response to the environment by members of a hunter-gatherer species. This talk examined the nature of being human through brain architecture and neuroscience, and how this relates to addiction.

Problem gamblers' change and self-help interventions

Professor David Hodgins, October 2013

This session explored the use of motivational interviewing for helpline callers and self-management of gambling problems using web-based information and self-exclusion from gambling venues.

Randomised controlled trial of brief telephone interventions for problem gamblers

Professor Max Abbot, July 2013

This session looked at the contemporary report on the world's largest clinical trial for problem gambling treatment. The findings have implications for stepped-care models that better match clients to treatments.

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