Problem Aboriginal Gambling To Be Addressed In Victoria Meeting
The negative impact of gambling on vulnerable communities is a common accusation of gambling opponents. We have seen this in the UK with fixed odds betting terminals and in the US where many casinos are located in Native American tribal lands.
The location of casinos in vulnerable and lower socio economical areas is no coincidence and many believe that this reality has a devastating effect on the local community.
The aboriginal community in Australia is yet another example of this as gambling addiction is higher within that community in comparison to the overall population. In response to this the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation will host a meeting to discuss the harmful impact on Victoria’s Aboriginal community.This meeting is unique in Australia and will attract both local and international experts.
Over $200,000 will be pledged by the state government over three years to fund gambling research in Aboriginal communities. Foundation CEO Louise Glanville commented on the new efforts to tackle the gambling problem and said,” This project will aim to help us understand and build on Victorian Aboriginal Health Service’s own successes in supporting Aboriginal communities affected by gambling harm, and offer the Foundation insights into how we can better support other communities facing similar challenges.”
The foundation’s work includes efforts on their part to assist people from recovering from harmful gambling practices.