Conference program day 1

Monday 13 August 2018

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Day 1 – Morning

Geelong Library, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong

8.30 am

Day 1 – Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Welcome to Country

9.50 am

Opening address

Julie Ligeti, Chair, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

10 am

Day 1 opening

Marlene Kairouz, MP, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

10.30 am

Spotlight on Geelong

Bethany Community Support Gambler’s Help service team

11.15 am

Morning tea – Geelong Library

11.30 am

Health outcomes for Aboriginal people

Belinda Duarte,
Chief Executive Officer, Culture is Life / Deputy Chair, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

12.15 pm

Wayapa practice, introduction and demonstration

12.40–1.15 pm

Lunch – Deakin University

Day 1 – Afternoon workshops

Deakin University Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

First Nations workshop – Koorie Education Unit, Waurn Ponds Campus, Deakin University (bus transport will be provided to and from this session)


First Nations workshop
Held at the Koorie Education Unit, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds.

Bus transport will be provided to and from this session.

Intersect between gambling and other public health issues

Lived experience of gambling harm

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities

1.30 pm

(afternoon tea 3.00 pm)

Gambling in two Victorian regional Aboriginal communities

Sarah MacLean
- La Trobe University

Darlene Thomas, Tiffany Griffin, Richard Vaughan, Raelene Stephens
Mallee District Aboriginal Services

Ashlee Robertson, Clare Haussegger, Ann Briggs, Kathleen Maltzahn, Mary Whiteside, Andrew Atkinson, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative

Starting the Conversation-brief introduction and short film

Helen Reddan, Ebony Hickey and Janine Cattanach
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

Yarning circles

What we know – what we need to know, hosted by MDAS

Making counselling safe for Aboriginal people, hosted by VAHS

Culture – helping people get and stay strong, hosted by GEGAC

Our stories - our strength - hosted by Rumbalara

Mental health first aid for gambling problems

Louise Kelly
Mental Health First Aid

Addressing the link between gambling and violence against women

Sandra Morris
Women’s Health in the North

13 7848 a new set of numbers for Gambler’s Help counsellors to consider: Improving public health through cross referrals

Sarah Doherty
Gambler’s Help Inner North Melbourne

Ian Ferretter
Gambler’s Help West

Lindsay Whelan

Sports bar project: The intersection of gambling and drinking culture in Victoria

Amy Pennay
Centre for alcohol policy research (CAPR)

Supporting families affected by gambling: building peer support

Robert Campbell
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre

Asian Peer Support Group Programme – Integrating eastern philosophies with western therapeutic models

Ivan Yeo
Asian Family Services (New Zealand)

Young men and gambling harm

Rachel Paterson, Lachlan McKenzie, Shayne Rodgers
Banyule Community Health

By new settlers for new settlers

Vicky Fisher
Migrant Resource Centre North West

Engaging and collaborating with CALD communities – Addressing gambling harm in the Vietnamese community

Dr Joyce Jiang
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Bic Gresty
Springvale Indo Chinese Mutual Assistance Association

Pronia – 'Gambling Secret No more'

Zacharena Vasiliadis

Pokie Free Tairawhiti

Lizz Crawford, Tairawhiti Gambling Services – NZ

4.30 pm

End day 1

Conference program day 2

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Day 2 – Morning

The Pier, 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Day 2 Welcome to Country and opening

9.30 am Geraldine Atkinson
9.40 am

Advancements in online self-directed programs to reduce gambling harm

Associate Professor Nicki Dowling and Dr Simone Rodda

10.25 am

Three sides of the coin project – using theatre to create change

Judy Avisar and Catherine Simmonds, Link Health

10.55 am

Morning tea – The Pier

11.15 am

Gambling harm, a New Zealand perspective

Paula Snowden
Chief Executive Officer, Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand

11.30 am

Where to draw the line? Low risk guidelines for gambling

Dr Matthew Young and Dr Catherine Paradis
Senior Research and Policy Analysts, Canadian Center on Substance Abuse

12.15 pm

Lunch – Deakin University (Wayapa Works)

Day 2 – Afternoon workshops

Deakin University Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong


Financial counselling

Regional and rural

Diverse populations

Criminal justice and gambling

1.15 pm

The role of the Financial and Consumer Rights Council in advocacy

Sandy Ross
Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC)

Partnership between Financial counselling and therapeutic counselling teams

Sue Battle and Sandra Luxford
La Trobe Community Health

Aboriginal communities and financial literacy – My Moola Project

Amanda Young, First Nations Foundation

NSW Warruwi program insights

Brian Dennison
Office of Responsible Gambling – NSW

Kerindy Clarke
NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling

Harry Beckers
Northern River Community Gateway

The development of a Hub and Spoke Model in Warrnambool Victoria; A partnership between the State-wide Problem Gambling and Mental Illness Program South-West HealthCare and Bethany Gamblers Help

Katrina Crothers and Claire Browne
Gambler’s Help, Bethany

Vicky Northe and Anthony Kennedy
Alfred Health

Jay Robinson and Nicolas Place
Southwest Health Care

The fundamental need for partnership and collaboration to build capacity in our regional communities

Wilma McAllister
UnitingCare Queensland

The social costs of gambling harm in CALD communities

Dr Sundram Sivamalai deputy chair of ECCV and VMC community commissioner

Lyn Dundon
Gambling Prevention Project Coordinator, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria

Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas, Community Engagement Officer at Alsiraat College

Peer support service for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people affected by gambling problems – the efforts, the risks and the benefits

Enaam Oudih
PEACE Multicultural Gambling Help Services

Memoona Rafique
PEACE Multicultural Gambling Help Services

Relationships Australia

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Hub

Raelene Stephens
Mallee District Aboriginal Services

How cultural engagement is critical when working with Pacific and Maori men at Serco Men’s Prison in South Auckland as a way to address harmful gambling and AOD

Mapu Maia
Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ

Ben Langi – Mapu Maia Pacific Counselor and Health Promoter
Mapu Maia

Work in prisons

Sebastian Melendez, Lyn Clancy, Damian Horan
Bethany Community Support, Barwon South West Catchment

Building the capacity of the criminal justice system

Dr Mark Halloran
Anglicare Victoria

Is gambling an Issue for your client?

Anastasia Sagris Desmond,Tracey Collins, Pam Mutton and Suzan Gencay
Gambler’s Help Southern

3 pm

Afternoon tea – Deakin University


Groups and systems

Gambling and comorbidity

Other ways of working

3.15 pm

Case study working with a family system – A long term approach to support and recovery using a ‘Let’s Talk about Children’ intervention

Zoi Penoglou and Elissa Macaw
Gambler’s Help Southern

Psychodynamics addiction – the missing humanistic link

Dr Eli Hotler, Medical Director, Malvern Private Hospital

Wise choices – Acceptance and commitment therapy group at Connect Health and Community

Gretta Daley and Fiona McBain
Gambler’s Help Southern

Common and distinct brain pathways in gambling and cocaine use disorders: New evidence from a neuroimaging study

Valentina Lorenzetti, Antonio Verdejo-Garcia
ACU School of psychology, Monash Institute of cognitive and clinical neurosciences

Comorbidity of gambling and mental illness

Vic Manning
Turning Point

South Australian Rural and Remote Gambling Service: A combined face-to-face/ Telepsychology pilot

Dr Quentin Black, Ms Elly Gannon, Mr Patrick Carey,

Visual means to therapeutic ends – how Interactive Drawing Therapy and other visual techniques can enhance engagement and help client gain insights into their behaviour

Lowell Wan
Gamblers Help Southern

Wayapa practice workshop

5 pm

End day 1

6.30–10.30 pm

Conference dinner – For ticket holders (via conference registration)
The Pier Restaurant, 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong

Bringing the doctor to you
Dr Lance O'Sullivan, GP, Founder of the Moko Foundation, New Zealand

Conference program day 3

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Day 3 – Morning
The Pier, 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong

8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.10 am

Day 3 opening

9.15 am

The Streets' Barber

Nasir Sobhani


An indigenous perspective on human rights and gambling

Neavin Broughton
Problem Gambling Foundation New Zealand

10.45 am

Morning tea – The Pier

Day 3 – Workshops

Deakin University Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong


Key settings in health promotion

Cultural loads


Local and state government

11.15 am

Libraries after dark

Narelle Stute, Moreland City Council Library Service
Susan Rennie

Together we do better

Cathy Fyffe
Community Houses Association of the Outer Eastern Suburbs

Insights from Clayton CANVAS and a capacity building toolkit for public health workers

Simon Harrex
City of Monash

Rebecca Zosel

Cultural Safety Workshop

Richard Frankland

Online gaming and gambling in children and adolescents

Dr Daniel King
University of Adelaide

Working with young people

Irene Verins

Development process of a youth-focused gambling awareness campaign

Karen Steenbergen, IPC Health, Stephanie Papadimitropoulos, IPC Health, Juliet Matskarofski, Young Leader, Nathan Heeremans, Young Leader, Rose O’Leary, Young Leader.

Gambling policy as a wicked challenge

Cate Carr
Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR)

Show some ‘Betiquette’: targeting young, male at-risk sports bettors

Natalie Wright
Office of Responsible Gambling – NSW

Growing champions – building the capacity of local councillors to prevent gambling harm

Dr Susan Rennie
Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA)

12.45 pm

Lunch – Deakin University

Day 3 – Afternoon workshops

Deakin University Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong


Partnering for public health and prevention

Venue support workers

Sports and gambling

1.30 pm

Facilitating community action in the decision-making process of poker machines applications

Rose O'Leary
Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA)

Dr Susan Rennie
Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA)

Integrating Gambler’s Help into a Regional Community Health Service

Tenille Thorburn
La Trobe Community Health

Venue support managers meeting

Mark Thompson and Carla Scott

Bringing research to life in staff venue training

Janine Robinson
Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices, RG+ Responsible Gambling Council Toronto, Canada

Evaluation of the collaborative process in supporting VSWs

Gambler’s Help North and North Western and Arabic Welfare

Gambling harm and social inclusion

Sons of the West

Regional football leagues, Gambling Prevention Project

Chris Lacey, Reclink Australia

‘Family friendly’ EGM venue promotions may be problematic: Relationship and family harms derived from gambling

Julie Deblaquiere and Angela Rintoul
Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

Sports and gambling

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson
Australian Institute of family studies (AIFS)

3 pm

Afternoon Tea – Deakin University

3.15 pm

Panel debate – Knowledge translation- recommendations from day one workshops on taking action for change

4.15 pm

Closing remarks

4.30 pm

End of conference