Gambling in Aboriginal communities

Lived experience of gambling harm

Public health, prevention and health promotion

Research and its translation into practice

Working with rural, regional and diverse communities

Geelong, 13–15 August 2018

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is delighted to host its third biennial conference from 13 to 15 August 2018. The plenary session will be held at Geelong library on the morning of Monday, 13 August, with the remainder of the conference a few streets away at Deakin University and The Pier Restaurant.

Gambling Harm 2018: Taking Action for Change will bring together national and international keynotes, speakers and delegates dedicated to preventing and reducing harm from gambling in the community.

The new conference name was chosen to reflect the fundamental need for partnership and collaboration across our work. A capacity building theme will be explored through five streams: gambling in aboriginal communities; lived experience; public health and gambling; research and practice; and regional, rural and diverse communities.

Please also join us at the conference dinner which will be held at The Pier Restaurant on the evening of Tuesday 14 August.

The conference will offer something for all practitioners working in the field and will make use of a variety of formats to share and explore experience, expertise, and ideas.

2016 Conference highlights

Keynote Speakers

Dr Simone Rodda

Dr Simone Rodda

Dr Simone Rodda is Senior Lecturer at University of Auckland in New Zealand (School of Population Health) and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with Turning Point (Melbourne, Australia) and also an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University.

Dr David Hodgins

Dr David Hodgins

David's main interests and works lie in addictive behaviours, with a focus on alcohol and gambling addiction as well as comorbid psychiatric disorders.

Belinda Duarte

Belinda Duarte

Born and raised in Ballarat, Belinda is Wotjobaluk with Celtic and Polish heritage. She is chief executive officer at Culture is Life, a recently established not-for-profit organisation committed to cultural strengthening for the prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide.

Prof. Mike Daube AU

Prof. Mike Daube AU

Professor Mike Daube has been Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and is a leading figure in action, research, publications, commentary and advocacy on tobacco, gambling, alcohol, and related topics.

Dr Catherine Paradis

Dr Catherine Paradis

Dr. Catherine Paradis is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse where she provides leadership for the implementation and the evaluation of the National Alcohol Strategy.

Neavin Broughton

Neavin Broughton

For all indigenous peoples’ problem gambling is just that, a problem! For Māori, problem gambling undermines our mauri (lifeforce) and our pillars of health namely our, wairua (soul), tinana (body), hinengaro (conscienceness) and whānau (family and links to communities).