Addressing gambling in Indigenous communities: Embracing community, diversity and wellbeing

Addressing gambling in Indigenous communities: Embracing community, diversity and wellbeing

Marisa Fogarty, Nicola Coalter, Ashley Gordon and Helen Breen

This webinar described the effects of gambling in Indigenous communities, and discussed a health promotion framework to inform policy and practice.

Addressing gambling in Indigenous communities

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Gambling affects Australian Indigenous families and communities in diverse and complex ways, but to date there has been a lack of coordinated research, service delivery or policy focus in this area. This is partly due to the variety of Indigenous peoples’ gambling practices, as well as the diversity of the contexts in which Indigenous people live.

This webinar described this diversity and discussed the relevance of applying a health promotion framework to address the issues related to gambling in the Australian Indigenous context. The presenters discussed the five key areas of action of the Ottawa Charter (1986) on health promotion, and analysed how this framework can be used to guide policy and practice.

The webinar drew upon the available research literature and the extensive knowledge gained from gambling service delivery in the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

A range of related resources is also available.

This event was presented in partnership with the Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Australian Gambling Research Centre

About the presenters

Marisa Fogarty

Dr Marisa Fogarty is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Marisa has a PhD in Anthropology from Charles Darwin University and a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University. Marisa has extensive experience researching gambling and working with Aboriginal people and communities around Australia.

Nicola Coalter

Nicola Coalter is a registered psychologist currently undertaking a Masters in Public Health. Nicola works as the coordinator of Amity’s Territory-wide gambling project, which encompasses coordination of a diverse array of treatment services, community education and prevention strategies and projects, health promotion, training and partnerships and consultation activities with a range of stakeholders.

Ashley Gordon

Ashley Gordon is an Aboriginal Australian from the western-NSW community of Brewarrina, a descendent of the Gamilaroi people. Ashley has been a gambling counsellor for 7 years and is now a fulltime Aboriginal Gambling Consultant. Ashley is also a researcher with Southern Cross University. He has been appointed to the Federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling and is a Board Member of the Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Helen Breen

Dr Helen Breen is an adjunct research fellow with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University. Her longstanding research interest in gambling has included investigations with many specific population groups including older people, women, tourists, club members, counsellors and Aboriginal people. Her research has been firmly based on public health principles, with an overall view to improving the context of people’s lives.

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