Health and social welfare professionals working outside of Gambler’s Help services are often the first port of call for people seeking help for problem gambling. They can play a crucial role in identifying clients with gambling problems, providing advice and referring clients to specialist problem gambling services.
To help us reach this audience we work with the Department of Health’s existing Primary Care Partnerships (PCP) platform. These are networks of hospitals, community health centres, local government, divisions of general practice, mental health, drug treatment and disability services. To ensure strong linkages between these professionals and the Gamblers’ Help network, we participate in and provide funding to PCPs.
Primary Care Partnerships are funded to:
- raise awareness of problem gambling as a public health issue among their members
- raise the profile of problem gambling agencies outside the Gambler’s Help service system
- broaden the partnership opportunities available to Gambler’s Help services.
The partnerships also strengthen service coordination, by aligning practices, processes, protocols and systems. By doing this, agencies, in particular Gambler’s Health services, are able to work together better.
Read more about Primary Care Partnerships on the Department of Health website.
To find out more contact us.