Raising awareness on the harms of gambling

Gambling and the use of pokies machines is a growing area of expenditure for locals in Calwell, with over $300,000 spent on pokies per day in the Hume area.  The serious effects of gambling not only impact the finances of an individual, but are also seen through the loss of physical and mental health, relationships, work performance and self-esteem.

The consequences of gambling affect the individual and those around them, yet this is still an issue that is hidden and not often spoken about in the community.

This week is Gambling Harm Awareness Week and I spoke at the Meadow Heights Education Centre event to raise awareness about the direct and indirect impacts of gambling harm to individuals and their loved ones. 

I want to thank Nader Hanna for hosting this important event at the Centre; Tony Clarkson, Principal Clinical Advisor at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, for speaking; and Arabic Welfare's Abir Melhem and Dalia El Sharnouby for all their work in organising the event.